Do startup names matter?

Startup names may be a dime a dozen, but most founders still agonize over what to call their dream. Are they right to invest so much energy and time – or would any random string of letters be fine? If anyone knows the answer, it’s Jonathan Nelson, who created the well-known startup incubator Hackers/Founders (aka Read…

A public service announcement from Wendy McNaughton for ROI.TED.COM.

Everyone benefits when great minds meet, notes writer Kare Anderson (TED Talk: Be an opportunity maker). Yet most office meetings are anything but great, says David Grady (TED Talk: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings). How can we free up our colleagues to do more work that matters? Step one: Read…

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Creative thinkers know that inspiration ebbs and flows – so most have their own ways to encourage the muse. What can innovators in every field learn from professional writers, musicians and comedians? Below, 5 ideas worth trying this week. Resist the call of the smartphone. Solitude is a crucial ingredient to creativity, notes Susan Cain Read…

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Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. TED’s UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming — the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots Read…

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As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere The idea of going nowhere is, as mentioned, as universal as the Read…

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Welcome to The Memo, ROI’s weekly round-up of ideas, inventions, and breaking trends that caught our eye. Use them to break the ice at your next business meeting. We think they’re too good not to share. Read…

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Jeremy Heimans is an activist on a mission. As the cofounder and CEO of Purpose, Heimans harnesses the power of new social and economics models to build world-changing movements. And as the cofounder of GetUp and Avaaz, Heimans is well-versed in the art of movement-building. At the TEDSalon in Berlin this past summer, Heimans gave a Read…