Steve Jobs – Don’t Settle

Today the world lost a truly inspirational leader who has changed the lives of everyone whether directly or indirectly.

My friend Richard Harris had the pleasure of working with him and shared today a great summary of what made the man the man…

I can think of no higher praise than to remember him as a deeply and inspiringly unreasonable man, one who would never take, “…because that’s how things are” as an answer – there was always a better way.

He had the inspiration to think differently, the tenacity to not accept anything less than his vision and the charisma to attract talented people around him to deliver that vision.

On a professional front I think it’s worth taking a moment to consider how much can be achieved when you are truly uncompromising about the importance of excellence in product design and customer experience.  Apple is not without it’s flaws, it does not produce ‘perfect’ experiences or products but when the world wants to benchmark against you… you’re clearly doing something right.

On a personal front I would encourage everyone to take 15 minutes to watch his Stanford Commencement Address and gain some inspiration in your own life to not “Settle” for anything less than your dreams.

We will all continue to draw inspiration from his work for many decades to come and I’m sure that Apple will continue to provide new inspirations even now that their visionary leader has passed.  I’m looking forward to the future that he has contributed to so much to enabling.

Mike Butcher @ TechCrunch:- European Startups are not out to lunch – My speech at Le Web

European Startups are not out to lunch – My speech at Le Web:
Excellent Article from Mike Butcher@TechCrunch about the resilience of entrepreneurs, especially European ones! I have to agree.. I don’t remember the last time I was “out to lunch”…

The comments about the challenges for US business expansion are spot on…

There is a reason many US businesses hit a brick wall when they enter Europe – its complexity. They are used to a big, single market. The best European companies use this diversity to their advantage. If big US companies, grown fat on their large home market, are forced to buy the European player because they can’t break in, who is the winner here?

I’d like to see more European to US expansion though if this is the case… although with their federal system of states taxes and regulations can be difficult to sort out, especially where they fundamentally affect the consumer proposition (I’m thinking about GetThemIn for the States where Alcohol sales regulation/taxes can vary between states so much that it’s difficult to get a consistent pan-country proposition out – but we’re on it!!!)

Either way the message is clear – for Entrepreneurs – the downturn is just a different type of challenge to find innovative answers to…