Dream Bigger: book at Kompetansedagene

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Dream Bigger: Your Personal Innovation Sketchbook, a special preview edition getting ready to be handed out to two lucky winners at HR Norges Kompetansedagene 2012.

This unique version went to the two most engaged Pirates in the room.

Congrulations; Annicken Rød, Cultural Evangelist at Cisco and Frode Jensen, Managing Director at NAtional Oilwell Varco. #dreambigger!!

Dream Bigger: book at Kompetansedagene

Congratulations, Facebook team

Last Friday marked one of the biggest moments in this generation’s tech investments: Facebook IPO.

People will argue whether it’s a bubble or not; only time will tell. But what is a fact, is that Facebook – so far – is one of the biggest success stories of our times.

– The third biggest IPO ever (after VISA and General Motors)
– The largest tech IPO ever
– The largest IPO ever by an 8 year old company

Add to that, Facebook has a very interesting business model in the making as ”Facebook is now a platform for everything”; and the case can be made for Facebook’s P/E ratio and beyond.

Anyway, Friday’s numbers are so amazing, they are worth really looking at. NY Times’ Dealbook has done a great visualization on them. See the full version here.

A glimpse in history (from Businessweek) should serve as inspiration for future entreprenurs. 

Young Entrepreneurs

Face-Forward Startup

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook
www.facebook.com
Palo Alto, Calif.
Founded: 2004
Age: 21

In the spring of 2004, Zuckerberg didn’t know he was hatching a hot social-networking startup. He just thought Harvard should have an online directory of students. His first attempt landed him in hot water with the administration — he ranked all students’ ID photos based on attractiveness. His second try made him a Silicon Valley wheeler and dealer.

Selling banner ads to make money, the Facebook connects students with one another. Originally, Zuckerberg fretted over the $85 a month it cost to run. Today, Facebook has raised more than $13 million from Silicon Valley names like PayPal founder Peter Thiel and Accel Partners.

Zuckerberg needn’t worry about getting brushed aside in favor of seasoned management — the gutsy Harvard dropout negotiated a contract with investors that left him in control as long as he wants.

Lesson learned:
“Do what you think is right, not what other people tell you is right. People have strong opinions about the way to do stuff. It’s really good to listen and learn from the world, but when you’re making something, it’s coming from you.”

The team. Year one.

Congratulations, Facebook team

Upcoming talk: “Innovation! …and it’s implications for leadership development”

My upcoming talk at HR Norway’s #KD12 Kompetansedagene.
Titled: “Innovation! …and it’s implications for leadership development”

Upcoming talk: “Innovation! …and it’s implications for leadership development”

Strategy in the creative economy

Facebook is one of the companies we follow closely. As a leader in the social space and one of the success stories of our generation, many executive teams and aspiring leaders can learn from it.

This NY Times article reveals how Facebook is buying talent to drive its strategy. In the creative economy; ideas, talent and innovation drive strategy. Not the other way around. Recommended.

BTW; notice the speed…how long does a M&A process typically take at your firm?

Strategy in the creative economy