13 Feb 2018 | 5 min read
Mistake: Don’t focus on pitch
Solution: Focus on a prototype
Mistake: Multiply a really big number by 1%
Solution: Calculate from bottom up
Mistake: Scale too fast
Solution: Eat what you kill!
Mistake: Make Partnerships
Solution: Focus on sales
Mistake: Focus on domination.
Solution: Focus on niches. Incremental improvement.
Mistake: Use too many presentation slides
Solution: Obey the 10-20-30 rule – 10 slides, 20 minutes, 30 points
Mistake: Work serially.
Solution: Work parallely.
Mistake: Retain Control.
Solution: Make a bigger pie!
Mistake: File Patents
Solution: Succeed – Success breathes defensibility.
Mistake: Hire in your image
Solution: Hire to complement.
Mistake: Befriend your investors
Solution: Exceed expectations.
It doesn’t matter how many times you fail, as long as you succeed once.
Brain Green reveals personal stories and insights from working alongside the Apple legend, Steve Jobs. Highlights include:
Dr John R. Smith’s inspiring and contemplative talk urged us consider – what is creativity? Is it the process or the product? Where do we see assisted creativity’s role in our own process in the near future?
Referencing a case study on IBM Watson’s role in assisting with a trailer made for horror movie ‘Morgan’, he detailed the steps and processes it took in bringing preparation, experience, and knowledge to the table by training Watson. The results are amazingly creepy, check it out here!
Cecilia’s vibrant talk took us on a journey of her ideas on creativity - advocating for design, what you can offer as a creative, and balancing the many facets of creativity. Ultimately, our key takeaways on creativity is:
An extremely insightful chat between Susan Wu (Luminaria) and Mike Butcher (TechCrunch) about the purpose of education, the mistakes of Silicon Valley, and the importance of diversity.
Susan talked about Project Include which intends to give everyone a chance to succeed in the tech industry. She talked about the importance of workplace and industry culture, and enacting widespread change from the top down.
There’s a lot Melbourne can learn from Silicon Valley with regards to the tech space, but it is important to also learn from those mistakes. She mentioned that only 2% of VC funding in 2017 was given to female founders. This is an incredible imbalance.
Susan highlighted the flawed way of thinking in the Valley: “What are my friends from MIT or Stanford doing, and how can I make something better?” They focus on being the best at a known problem rather than identifying new problems in the world and looking for solutions.
Susan has recently launched Luminaria. Their mission is to create research tools and frameworks to accelerate development and evolution of education for everyone. She raised an interesting point - teaching coding and STEM is obsolete in 2018. The purpose of education is not to create coders and scientists, but to create children who turn into adults who have purpose and meaning and the desire to learn more; to shape human beings who then go on to shape society.
An inspiring presentation from Michael Sui on inclusive design. Consciously designing experiences that don’t create barriers to being included.
If you don’t consciously include, you unconsciously exclude.
Key tips and takeaways:
Start by asking: Who is excluded?
“If the founders of nations designed democracy with the technology that we have today, what would it have looked like?” - Jamie Skella, Executive Director and Head of Technology at Horizon State.
Horizon State is looking to do away with the traditional methods of voting and collaborative decision making by using the Blockchain as opposed to traditional methods such as pen-and-paper voting.
Horizon State is the engine behind MiVote, an Australian based information platform that presents its users with a variety of perspectives on all major issues up for debate in Parliament, and allows its users to vote directly from their mobile device. These votes are secure, anonymous, and use much cheaper means than traditional voting.
The recent same sex marriage plebiscite cost Australia $122 million. Using the Blockchain, a secure decentralised and distributed ledger, this cost could have been reduced significantly and completed in a fraction of the time. Currently a vote will cost the taxpayer between $7 to $25 as there are physical materials and travel costs involved. Plus, there is a risk of tampering with results. Using the Blockchain, this cost is reduced to less than a dollar and reduces the risk of tampering almost to zero.
A historic improvement in our democratic processes awaits.
Some of the key points the brands of tomorrow follow:
Have you got a favourite Flow element? No? Just me? Ah well, I’m proud to have a favourite Flow element! The Decision element allows your Flow to change shape or purpose at any point, dynamically! This means that depending what you feed it, it can do a completely different thing!