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Mental Enhancer; Self-Designing Websites; Volta E-Bike; Blockchain Power

"…insights for scaleups"


Sales Incentives That Work? — do you have a sales incentive system that you feel is driving excellent performance? If so, we would love to interview you for a book. Email me at [email protected]

Cognitive Enhancer increase your levels of concentration. While writing this insight I'm listening to Jason Lewis's Cognitive Enhancer music. It helps put you in the alpha state, the most focused and powerful mind state for doing creative work (or email) and has increased my productivity 40%. Keys to using:

  1. Wear headphones
  2. Make sure headphones are positioned correctly – right speaker in right ear – or it doesn't work. It's driving certain beats to each side of the brain
  3. Play at the very lowest level – it's background noise. I have my computer audio at the lowest level AND I have the YouTube video turned down to 25%

Give it a try right now while reading this insight. Thanks to Dean Grazioso, author of Millionaire Success Habits, for recommending (he's keynoting the ScaleUp Summit). He actually listens to the music while leading webinars, etc.

Self-Designing Websites check out this 30 second video from The Grid – a firm that has harnessed AI to create self-designing websites. If you need to launch content quickly this might be a viable solution. At a minimum it gives you a window into one way AI can affordably power our companies/marketing.

Blockchain Technology Will Impact All our IndustriesHBR released a series of articles on Blockchain technology this week. The powerful technology behind Bitcoin, Blockchain fixes a major problem in the digital world. If I sell you a physical good, you have it and I don't. However, if I sell you a digital good, you have it and I still have it – and you can share it. That isn't a viable situation for many transactions – like financial. What about digital stock certificates? What about proprietary IP? The article in the series titled "The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services" is the one I would read.

Innovative (and affordable) E-Bike EO Los Angeles member and Scaling Up fan Michael Fishman is co-founder of Pure Cycles. Launched in 2010, his firm is experienced and disciplined in successfully launching new bikes, so they are way beyond startup. Their latest bike, which they've been working on for three years, is the first electric-assist bike that works – has a 40 mile range and DOESN'T look like an electric bike! They've launched a Kickstarter campaign this week and have a guaranteed 2017 delivery (August projected). Noted Michael in his email to me:

I've dedicated the last six years of my life trying to build the perfect bike that would encourage more people to ride and I've put everything into it – all my time, money, and energy. I am extremely proud to be able to share and recommend our new e-bike to you because it is truly a remarkable product. The Volta offers 40 miles of range, weighs only 35 pounds, and features a phone app with smart technology, such as GPS and activity tracking – all for less than $1,500. The Volta will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of riding your bike – environmental, health, freedom – without any of the negatives – arriving sweaty and tired.

In just 48 hours they have exceeded their Kickstarter campaign goal. Take a look at it and get back on a bike!

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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.