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Essential for Entrepreneurs: 10 Things to Know About Google

I recently began collecting and posting some of my favorite videos from artists and experts on creativity and innovation on I’ve shared the videos in a new section of the blog called “Must See” to left of every post. It has everything from commercials starring Michael Jordan talking about failure to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love discussing being a “genius” to JJ Abrams giving the history of his love of mystery.

I came across this lecture series at Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program by Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Products & User Experience. She discusses 10 principles/values from Google. If you are starting your own company and want an idea of what an alternate corporate culture is based on, this is a good place to start. It’s so good, I gave it its own post instead of adding it to my vodpod series. I hope you find it as compelling as I did.

I have the first video embedded below as a well as list of the lecture series if you want to see it a la carte. Either way, enjoy!

1. ideas come from everywhere
2. give ideas credit, not credit from ideas
3. work with smart people
4. license to pursue dreams
5. learning from mistakes
6. data is apolitical
7. creativity loves constraint
8. bank users not money
9. don’t kill projects, morph them
10. surviving the bubble


Certified Good Read-The New Creative Class, Entrepreneur//May 2011

The New Creative Class is a certified good read.


Bruce Mau is part of "The Creative Class" in the Entrepreneur May 2011 issue.

Here is some of the good stuff:
-Bruce Mau, world-renowned designer, says, “Chief among the folks tales [regarding creativity] is the the belief that great ideas or product designs spring fully formed from the minds of innovative people.”
-Mau has authored a 43-point menu of strategies and attitudes at entitled, “The Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.” A few examples are:
1) Keep moving, 2) Ask stupid questions and 3) Capture accidents

Here is the video presentation of the manifesto. Thank God for You Tube!

-John Kao, author of Innovation Nation and Jamming:The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity says, “Creativity requires a skill set that’s polar opposite from results-oriented production mode.” He adds that, “They [executives] think creativity is about periodically letting your hair down and coming up with wacky ideas, being bohemian for a day.”

Here is John Kao on The Colbert Report. Always willing to share anything from Mr. Colbert. 🙂

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I have to admit that not too long ago I thought that this blog might be futile and self-serving. I asked myself, “Is anybody really interested in this stuff–being creative?! This article confirms that I am on the right track. Whoo hoo! These late night are not in vain.

I really hope you get something from this read–inspiration, courage, resources–something to help you the next time you walk into your office. If you do, please share.

Article Alert 5.25.11

Here are two articles to read about creativity. My summaries and comments coming soon. Give them a read and share your thoughts. I’ll be sharing the hard copy versions, but you can find both of these online as well. Happy reading either way.

Check out in the May 2011 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. That issue also has a special report about music industry innovators. FYI for some reason the issue I bought in Houston is called “The Idea Issue” and has a different cover. No matter. I checked and the articles are the same.


Entrepreneur Magazine May 2011

Also give a glance to Fast Company’s June 2011 issue cover story, “The 100 Most Creative People in the Business.” The cover should be enough to pique your interest. Team Coco!

Fast Company June 2011

Fast Company June 2011