MEMO: The Internal “Peanut Butter” Memo from Yahoo! is Still Relevant

Yahoo! was one of the only large companies left standing after the 2001 dot-com bubble burst. They pivoted to competing with AOL, their largest competitor at the time. And time has not been kind to Yahoo!, but their leadership was even more unkind, letting go of the steering wheel and trying to take every road at once.   Yahoo!’s lack of …

MEMO: Fab CEO’s Point-Blank Memo About Mistakes

Tl;dr Fab’s CEO Jason Goldberg lays out the extent of their screw-up in a secret memo to the exec team.  At one time, Fab was “the world’s fastest-growing startup.” Later, it would be called the “the tech Titanic.” But while Fab.com was on top, it reigned supreme in the startup world. Then, mere months after a $900 valuation and a …

three real stories of founder struggles

You are not alone. 3 stories of founders and the struggles they faced

Tl;dr: 3 real stories from founders on facing do or die struggles in my words. I don’t normally write inspiration blogs, so this is worth a read. In 2018 it just so happened I had a lot of calls and meets with amazing founders which got me thinking. In every meeting, the founder had their own unique story of misery …

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MEMO: Steve Jobs agenda for a secret meeting

Tl;dr: Steve Jobs’ agenda for a secret Apple meeting which was leaked during a lawsuit with Samsung. In October 2010, Steve Jobs sent an email to Phil Schiller (a member of the company’s executive team since Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997) with the subject line “Top 100 – A.” It was an itinerary for a top-secret meeting called …

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MEMO: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s Burning Platform

Tl;dr: Stephen Elop’s Burning Platform memo on Nokia on the need to decide how to either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem. Nokia once owned the mobile market. It’s clear that they lost out. But back in 2011 Nokia CEO Stephen Elop had the balls to say they were in trouble. In February 2011, we wrote the famous “Burning Platform” …