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July 20th, 2021

Dropout!

John Collison was just 27 years old when he became the world's youngest self-made billionaire. Prior to dropping out of Harvard, John and his brother Patrick founded Automatic, a firm that offered back-end technology to eBay. To show our appreciation for Collison’s revolutionary work, we bring you his 5 top quotes on success and motivation in life!

July 12th, 2021

Looking into the future, with AI!

This week we look at Ilya Sutskever, who knows artificial intelligence inside and out now, and his colourful explanations help non-technical individuals comprehend the subject more fully and rapidly. He now leads a remarkable group of AI engineers that are pushing the frontiers of what is possible...

July 6th, 2021

The art and science of selfless giving

It's not enough to have a fantastic concept, your venture won't thrive if you don't have the resources to make it a reality. This tricky conundrum inspired Danae Ringelmann to create the successful crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo, with partners Eric Schell and Slava Rubin. Their aim was to let anyone who isn't breaking the law and has a good idea, to use the platform to raise money...

June 29th, 2021

Logan Green – a quiet man with big dreams

Many believe that the CEOs of the world's most powerful corporations are all "loud" and charismatic. Some bosses are indeed outgoing and confident, but others are more introverted and prefer to be out of the spotlight. Logan Green, the co-founder of Lyft, is the archetype of the latter...

June 22nd, 2021

The magical mix of insight, passion and collaboration

Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency start-up in the United States, had long viewed the internet as a vehicle for reshaping the world. For a long time though, he feared he was too late to the game; with others, such as Apple's Steve Jobs and Intel's Andy Grove, having led the internet revolution. Armstrong's timing, however, turned out to be ideal for a totally different revolution!

June 15th, 2021

Reinventing technological ethics

Technology has made our lives easier in so many ways, yet it appears that we are progressively becoming hooked. Tristan Harris, a former Google 'design ethicist', has been so concerned by this, he has set out on a journey to change the way we consume technology!

June 8th, 2021

Transforming a whole industry, takes luck and judgement

Brian Chesky, a former industrial design student, had no meaningful business expertise when he co-founded Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk. Despite this relative inexperience, their home-sharing website is now valued at $31 billion. Airbnb's revenue even increased a remarkable 50% between 2016 to 2017. Chesky has pushed his organisation to new heights, year, after year, after year...

June 1st, 2021

Pick yourself up!

Mårten Mickos is the recent CEO of HackerOne, one of the most well-known white-hat hacking platforms in the world. As bizarre as it may sound, Mickos' confidence was boosted by being dismissed from his past positions, and he just kept moving forward...

May 25th, 2021

Please help! Pendleton are championing sustainable change.

At Pendleton we are all about sustainable business growth, but we have recently struck a partnership with a research unit at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda University, Netherlands, to look at how businesses around the world are planning to grow sustainably...

May 18th, 2021

A lesson on compassion

Compassion is what distinguishes great managers from mediocre. Being compassionate, according to Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, can transform not only your career but also your entire life. To show our admiration of Weiner’s employee orientated approach, we bring you his top 5 quotes!

May 11th, 2021

Lessons in creating a new culture!

Doug McMillon, the CEO of Walmart, has tasked himself with updating the ethos and business model of a half-century-old retail behemoth. To do this, he has sought to change the mindset of Walmart executives, encouraging them to experiment with fresh, bold ideas, even if they fail...

May 4th, 2021

Evolving the modern workplace

Adam Neumann is the co-founder of WeWork, a company which provides shared workspaces to start-ups and freelancers. He used to sell baby clothes and admits he couldn't even afford a proper lunch until refocusing...

To show our appreciation, we bring you his top 5 quotes about success and motivation!

April 27th, 2021

Society needs Girls Who Code... and Coach!

Reshma Saujani, a lawyer-turned-activist, is on a mission to close the gender gap in tech and teach more girls how to code. Her non-profit organisation 'Girls Who Code' has helped around 90,000 girls to learn programming languages. This week we bring you her top 5 quotes on success and motivation in life!

April 20th, 2021

Ladies (& Gents), we think it's time to 'Lean In'

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, joined the company in 2008 and is credited for helping to turn it profitable as the brains behind the introduction of subtly placed advertising. By 2013, Facebook's mobile advertising accounted for 30% of the company's sales, even though this outlet had provided no returns the previous year...

April 13th, 2021

Sometimes the answer is NO!

Evan Spiegel, a co-founder of Snap Inc. and developer of the popular social media site Snapchat, grew his small student project into a multibillion-dollar corporation. According to Spiegel, his ‘99 per cent law’, is the key to Snapchat's growth. Perhaps counterintuitively, this involves rejecting 99 per cent of suggestions and ideas!

April 6th, 2021

Secrets of the 'Retailer of the Year'

Today, Home Depot is a $101 billion enterprise, and its success hinges on its enduring philosophy of providing expert advice and excellent support to customers instilled throughout the company by CEO Craig Menear, we bring you his top 5 quotes on innovation and success in business!

March 30th, 2021

A CEO, actively responsible for his employees’ conduct

Kevin Johnson took over as CEO of Starbucks in 2017 with ambitious plans and high expectations. But, with his feet hardly under the desk, Starbucks became embroiled in a race-discrimination incident. He faced the toughest leadership challenge of his career...

March 23rd, 2021

The most likeable boss

Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom, is ranked as the best CEO in the world to work for; according to Glassdoor's last annual survey. To show our admiration for Yuan’s work ethic and customer focus, we bring you his top 5 quotes about success and motivation in life...

March 16th, 2021

An Innovative thinker

How did an avowedly non-technical designer develop a product that is on target to surpass a billion users early next year, based on current growth? We take a look at the fascinating project going on at Whatsapp!

March 9th, 2021

The man driving Uber

Becoming CEO of Uber in mid-2017, was perhaps a high point in the rollercoaster life of 49-year-old Dara Khosrowshahi. He has lived through periods of extraordinary hardship and remarkable influence...

Logan Green – a quiet man with big dreams

June 29th, 2021

Many believe that the CEOs of the world's most powerful corporations are all "loud" and charismatic. Some bosses are indeed outgoing and confident, but others are more introverted and prefer to be out of the spotlight. Logan Green, the co-founder of Lyft, is the archetype of the latter.

Green's ride-sharing business has grown into a multibillion-dollar enterprise, yet, despite his $300 million net worth, he remains gentle and understated, and still prefers carpooling to get to work!

Since he was a child, he'd been intrigued with transportation efficiency. When out driving with his parents, he remembers always peeking out the windows and noticing with sadness that almost every vehicle had just one person in it. Green started experimenting with various lower carbon modes modes of transportation when he went to college. He became renowned for riding his bike and carpooling, but then, while visiting Zimbabwe, the full concept for Lyft came to him. He realised how difficult and expensive people found it to get around in the city, and knew he could solve it.

As it came to launching his business, Green says that he learned enthusiasm is essential. Even when things go wrong, he adds, if you're enthusiastic about something, you'll find a way to keep going.

To show our respect for Green’s tenacious work and unique leadership, we bring you a selection of his top quotes from his journey to the top.

“I try to block a couple of hours of unscheduled time every day so that I can work on the day's most important projects.”

“The company culture is about being human, being good to other people. We recently did a survey with our drivers. 48 out of 50 said that they preferred driving with Lyft because they said that passengers were friendlier.”

“When you're starting a company, almost anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and it will probably look like and feel like you made the absolute wrong decision to start the company. If you're not absolutely determined to solve a problem or see something through, it might not make sense to keep going.”

“Particularly when it comes to the professional environment, being a jerk doesn't actually get you very far.”

“The company culture is about being human, being good to other people.”

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