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Bold Prediction; No More Children; Andreessen Horowitz 16 Trends; Chinese Government Concerned

"…keeping you great"


BOLD — Are you thinking BOLD enough? BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World is the title of our good friend Peter Diamandis's new book being released next Tuesday. Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, co-founder of Singularity University, and author of Abundance, Peter thinks big (his latest venture will mine asteroids) and knows how to harness exponential technologies to create massive wealth while creating a world of abundance. Just reading the book will 10x your thinking.

BOLD Chapter 5 — go right to Chapter 5 titled "The Secrets of Going Big" – it's the best step-by-step roadmap I've ever read for starting, building momentum, and attracting the right people to a big idea (like mining asteroids). I'm actually beside myself, having just read the chapter before writing this insight. I can't believe no one has ever described the process before – in this much detail. If you have ever wanted to pursue a big idea, read this chapter.

BOLD Bonus — Peter produced a free 3-part video series to learn about BOLD (it's outstanding). To get this series you need to preorder the book. Peter also gives you his last book Abundance in PDF. He's a big thinker and knows how to market – a requisite for turning big ideas into reality.

16 Hot Trends — to fuel your search for the game-changing idea to disrupt your industry, here are the "16 Things" Andreessen Horowitz, the hottest VC firm in Silicon Valley, is seeing in the marketplace. Forbes highlighted this paragraph, which I find insightful as well:

Where business intelligence before was about past aggregates ("How many red shoes have we sold in Kentucky?"), it will now demand predictive insights ("How many red shoes will we sell in Kentucky?"). An important implication of this is that machine learning will not be an activity in and of itself … it will be a property of every application. There won't be a standalone function, "Hey, let's use that tool to predict."

Andreessen Howowitz explains each "thing" on their website, including the Failure trend included in the list. I've given you that hotlink directly – worth 5 seconds to read (it's a sentence, but not what you would think). Here's the list:

  1. Virtual Reality
  2. Sensorification of the Enterprise
  3. Machine Learning + Big Data
  4. The Full-Stack Startup
  5. Containers
  6. Digital Health
  7. Online Marketplaces
  8. Security
  9. Bitcoin and Blockchain


  1. Cloud-Client Computing
  2. Crowdfunding
  3. Internet of Things
  4. Online Video
  5. Insurance
  6. DevOps
  7. Failure


These are the kinds of trends your "council" should be exploring (obviously, the trends in online video interest us). Pick one or two from the list and research after reading Andreessen Horowitz's take on it.

Bolder 15 Minutes — pull your executive team (and family) together and watch this insightful and succinct 15 minute video titled "Humans Need Not Apply." Go to 8:45 to see why I'm both excited and scared at the same time. Notes Australia-based Gazelles coach Brad Giles, Evolution Partners:

Whilst it could be seen as depressing for a minimum wage worker, I see it reinforcing that entrepreneurs need to embrace the societal changes in technology and strategize to be at the forefront or end up like Blockbuster.

I know 15 minutes is a long time, but it's worth a piece of your hour a week (or day) worth of learning.

Chinese Couples Urged to Have More Children — though 90% of Chinese women qualify to have additional children under new rules, only 5% have applied to have a second child – and this has the government deeply concerned, notes this article in today's The Guardian. Maybe this will actually turn out to be good if there are no jobs for future children!

The World Has Reached Peak Number of Children — maybe the human species is more intuitive than we give credit. According to these U.N. reported numbers, there are 1.9 billion children in the world, representing 27% of the population. This is up from 1 billion children in 1960 which represented 35% of the population. It's predicted that by 2050 there will be 1.9 billion children as well, but representing just 20% of the population. Maybe we instinctively know we're being replaced! Maybe my head has been scrambled too much reading all this tech stuff. Don't let me mess up your plans/companies!!


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Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.