Wednesday 28 September 2016

It’s OK to fail, just make sure you fail elegantly

CC BY Bek-Photography www.flickr.com/photos/bek-photography/5328437219/

There’s an interesting video interview on BBC.co.uk with Creative Commons CEO, Joichi Ito.  It’s an interesting watch and really highlights the importance of persistence when starting a new company.  He shares a great phrase: “failing elegantly” – the idea that it’s fine to make mistakes as long as you learn from them – he even shares that he purposefully looks for individuals who handle themselves well during the failure of a start-up and hires them based on this experience.

He’s an interesting chap as he bases a lot of his business activities on social flows and connecting people (he is a investor in both Flickr and Twitter).  He also discusses points around the ‘dispersion of innovation’ (I think I just invented that term…) in the online technology space, meaning that innovation isn’t just restricted to large organisations that have loads of experts and resources, but that more and more anyone with a laptop and an understanding of the technology can develop something of value for the market.

The article accompanying the video also gives a good overview of Creative Commons.  Check it all out at: http://bbc.in/fxSTyH

Enjoy!

@ecourtenay