Just over a year ago, at the end of 2018 we closed Netek; my emotion AI company. The reason? Just like every startup that’s funded, we ran out of money. I tried over many months to raise more money. We had the tech and the team. But when I took the reigns as CEO I knew that the technology was still in it’s nascent stage and would need to evolve further than what the industry was operating on.
The NBA All Star Game is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for those of us who are basketball nerds. But for some time the NBA All Star game has been nothing more than a spectacle of flashy dunks, passes and alley-oops; rather than the greatest pick up game in the world where the best of the best compete to win.
I’m the type who does the opposite of what I believe sucks, and I’ve experienced many types of leadership. The one type I’ve never liked is command and control. Though we’re in the year 2020 and talk about employee empowerment and collaboration in decision making, many organizations still operate by this way of “leadership”; it is expected, encouraged, it’s seen as normal, and it’s rewarded.
Kobe Bryant, NBA and Lakers legend, along wth his daughter Gianna and 7 others passed away last week. This was shocking. And I took it hard because I’ve been watching and following Kobe since before he got to the league; he became the player I followed the most after Michael Jordan retired. So I grew up with Kobe, and he was a big inspiration for me.
A few years ago I was asked to give a speech to a group of entrepreneurs on their way to Startup Chile. As part of my talk they asked me to write a list of 3 to 5 things that I do to be successful. While I did do that list, I explicitly said “I can tell you my 3 to 5 things I do on a daily basis but that’s what works for me, in the context of my life, my personality and mindset.”