In the startup world, no name quite evokes more starry-eyed fangirl-ing than that of Elon Musk. Understandable, considering he’s a serial entrepreneur, savvy CEO, leader of the new space race, etc. Or borrowing words from his real life doppelganger Tony Stark - a “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.” (He formed the Musk Fund in 2002, which focuses on grant-making in the areas of renewable energy, science and engineering education) But with any success story, it hasn't always been smooth sailing. Tesla didn’t make a profit for around a decade and lost US$100 million in stock value after a negative review came out in the New York Times in 2013. And that's one setback.
The tech world is volatile and unpredictable a good day, but unmovable centrality is a fact that few can deny. They say trends come and go, but today, we’re looking into ambient technology trends that are here to stay - for the time being, at least. Some have been hot topics for the past couple of years, but it’s only recently that most have come into their own — or can be deemed as relevant to consumers. Ambient intelligence refers to a technology that uses its electric environment to respond to the human presence; this once elusive technology is now used for life's small and big luxuries. Do you agree with our list? Leave your comments below and let us know if we’ve missed anything!
An often-convoluted notion that speaks to the intricacies of psychology, management, diction, politics, etc. While leading a company doesn’t exactly lend to the drama of a dictatorship, the determinant role of effective leadership in a company’s success cannot be overstated. While the subjective nature of this topic means that we may never agree on its definition, there are qualities that undeniably make certain individuals more fit for entrepreneurialism than others. Not unlike artists and other creative-types, taking something from zero requires a pinch of insanity and a dash of genius. At the same time, entrepreneurialism also asks for considerable pragmatism and the ability to identify and commit to solving a problem, and executing it with discipline.
We sometimes forget that even behemoths in the tech world began as startups. Their stories are often romanticised and made legendary; we love an eccentric founder, skeletons, and talk about an impending downfall of the hegemon. One thing that does hold true for all these companies is that, disregarding the staggering scale and rapidity of their success; their origins are often humble.