The single biggest reason why startups succeed


Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others and surprised even him.

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How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions


The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else. Followed by a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson. (Note: This talk contains graphic language.)

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The danger of a single story


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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How great leaders inspire action


Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …

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The trauma of systematic racism is killing Black women



Morgan and Vanessa deliver a powerful message about why every single day in America, one hundred thirty-seven (roughly a plane full) black women die from a preventable disease. Like many black women we often prioritize the care of others over the care for ourselves. Our strength is measured by the capacity to endure pain and suffering, yet our bodies aren’t built to support the weight of systematic racism.


We should all be feminists



The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather that recognize how we are. Featured on Beyonce’s ***Flawless track, Chimamamda delivers a comical talk about living in a society that ignores women when men are present. The higher you go, the fewer women there are because we are teaching girls to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten the man.

Color blind or color brave?



Full of passion and an electrifying stage presence, Mellody talks about a topic in America that makes people immensely uncomfortable – Race. It was even uncomfortable for me to launch this website for women of color, but the first step to solve a problem is to not hide from it. Many people have asked me repeatedly if I was sure about structuring my consultancy around the lack in support communities for entrepreneurial women of color. As you can see I chose to be Color Brave. Colorblindness ignore the problem.

The urgency of intersectionality



Kimberlé begins her talk with an exercise that shamefully I would have failed. She uses the exercise to prove that there is a problem with intersectionality – the overlap of racism and sexism, in our society. Until recently this form of double discrimination had no name, so she coined the term to begin a dialogue about the bias. When there is no name for a problem, you can’t see a problem, and if we can’t see a problem, then we can’t fix a problem.