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The Success Habit That Doesn’t Give Up On Ethics

When talking about business and ethics, someone always replies: “That’s nice, but I have to pay for <rent, bills, loans, a lifestyle I’ve grown used to…>” This idea comes from the very loud and over-represented examples of unethical behavior we see in the Media. People who keep behaving unethically, but do pretty well for themselves: Travis Kalanick who has created …

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What Change Making Hippies Could Learn From Nike Athletes

How can collaborative organisations “outrun” and perform better than the competitive society we live in? How can collaborative and cooperative startups, organisations or political ideas spread faster than the Ubers, Walmarts or Trumps of the world? This is something that I’ve been looking up to as a collaborative hippy wanting to make change happen. And for this I’ve always been …

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The 5 steps to turn a Collaborative Business into a Unicorn like Red Hat

Sounds pretty impossible, right? Creating a traditional business is a great struggle. Finding clients, polishing your product, making payroll, finding the right employees, automating processes… Since there are so many moving parts, you’re always wondering, “Where do I focus now? Am I doing the right things? What should I be doing next?” And if you are trying to build a …

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How to stop the 1%, solve inequality and grow rich

There is an ancient Chinese myth that helps illuminate what happens with increasing inequality where fewer rich people concentrate more and more wealth, while other people are being deprived of resources: There was a monster, it is said, called the Taotie, which was possessed of an insatiable appetite. It consumed every creature around it, even the earth itself, yet it …

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How to create a best-selling product without encouraging consumerism

How can you create a best-selling product or service if you can’t put as many invasive ads in front of their eye-balls, spend as much money as you want in PR stunts and must be sustainably successful? Easy. Make your users successful by growing their skill set, by helping them broadcast their message or by helping them make money. Most …

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The #1 thing open source projects miss to survive

An open source project is not a business. Or at least not on its own. If there’s one thing I had to learn the hard way when I started my first open source business, it was this lesson. Since letting go that business a few months ago, I’ve seen the same story played out time and again in the open …

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How to make Batman save 10 times more people

Can you save more people than Batman? Entrepreneurs want to save the world. Specially social entrepreneurs. There is plenty of inspiration to be taken from great entrepreneurs who have had an amazing impact on people’s lives. Mohamed Yunus was one of the first to start this movement. He lifted millions of people from poverty with his micro-credits in Bangladesh. Another famous …

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Is a Creative Commons-Non Commercial License killing your project?

Your stuff is being copied. Nobody is calling you to ask where they can pay for what you made. They just download it, consume it and call it a day. Gratitude seems scarce. You don’t want to go through this pain, especially after all the effort and money that you’ve invested. So you’ve decided to use a Non-Commercial Creative Commons …

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How to sell an open source project ethically

Open hardware and social entrepreneurs are pretty good at having ideas and creating new stuff. But they have a harder time selling their creations and ultimately moving from part-time to full-time. When we put our heart into a project we tend to get in love with our idea and we believe everybody else will also immediately fall in love with …