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Starting Up • Apple, Martin Luther King Jr, and the Wright Brothers all started with why

"Apple, Martin Luther King Jr, and the Wright Brothers all started with why Brad Feld posted on his blog this morning a recommendation to watch Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk on “Starting with Why” 

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Listen: Hemingway’s Short, Moving Nobel Prize Speech

Listen: Hemingway’s Short, Moving Nobel Prize Speech | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
After this year's Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Tomas Transtromer, blogger David Dobbs received an audio clip that seized his heart: a 1954 recording of Ernest Hemingway reading his acceptance speech.
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Game Changers

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As the director of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, Hugh Forrest ushers in groundbreaking technology (Twitter, anyone?
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A Conversation With JR, Intrepid French Street Artist

A Conversation With JR, Intrepid French Street Artist | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

French street artist JR claims to own the world's biggest art gallery. A semi-anonymous photographer who won this year's TED Prize, he posts giant portraits of human faces where people least expect it, from the facades of favelas in Brazil to broken bridges in Kenya's capital city

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Marc Jacobs and RObert Duffy: the virtue of a creative duo

Marc Jacobs and RObert Duffy: the virtue of a creative duo | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

After 28 years of phenomenal success and some gut-wrenching controversy, Marc Jacobs and his business partner, Robert Duffy, still love each other.I can see why people want to compare us to other fashion partnerships, but our relationship is a bit different. We've never been lovers, like Bergé and Saint Laurent and Giammetti and Valentino, although people always thought we were. But it's a difficult job, both sides of this job. That's why I say it's not about what I do and what Robert does. The two of us together are Marc Jacobs. The two of us together are Vuitton. I don't think without him or without me we could achieve all that we've achieved.

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One More Thing…

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And what’s coming is Jobs’ final “one more thing…”, as it were. It may not be him on stage to present these things, but I have faith that the products won’t be any less great. We’ll just have to see for ourselves instead of instinctively trusting Jobs’ sales pitch.

Yesterday, John Gruber wrote that “Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.” I’d like to believe the timing and execution of this resignation is meant to showcase exactly that. Jobs has spent decades shaping Apple into what it has become. He’s spent years training Apple’s employees on how to sustain the system in his absence. Now the training wheels come off (with Jobs behind the bicycle just in case, for now).

Steve Jobs is a remarkable person. He’ll go down as perhaps the greatest business leader and one of the greatest innovators of not just our time, but of any time. But he is just a man. What he’s built in Apple is much bigger. We’re emotionally tied to Jobs because of the belief that Apple is tied to him. His last act is to show us that it’s not. That would be truly amazing.

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The World Greatest Moneymaker: Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is the greatest investor of all time. His decisions about buying shares and companies have beaten the stock market year after year and made him the richest person in the world – thought to be worth 37 billion dollars. Yet Buffett lives modestly in his native Omaha, in America’s mid-West, and runs his 150 billion dollar business with a staff of just twenty. Evan Davis meets him to find out about his unique investment strategy and his eccentric lifestyle. Evan talks to Buffett’s family, friends and colleagues about the man they call the Sage of Omaha, and Buffett’s friend Bill Gates praises his philosophy of life. As the greed of the super-wealthy is widely criticised in the current financial crisis, Davis asks whether Warren Buffett is the acceptable face of the filthy rich.
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Steve Reich at 75: the rebel who changed classical music

Steve Reich at 75: the rebel who changed classical music | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Tom Service: The American composer has never compromised to fit in with classical music.
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13 Business Leaders Who Failed Before They Succeeded

13 Business Leaders Who Failed Before They Succeeded | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
If you're still struggling for success, fear not. Even these heavyweights experienced their fair share of failure.

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What Apple Has That Google Doesn’t: An Auteur

What Apple Has That Google Doesn’t: An Auteur | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
While Google makes its design choices by consensus, Apple has found success by relying on the eye of Steve Jobs, whose role resembles that of a film auteur.
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Modern Day Da Vinci Designs Smart Spider

Modern Day Da Vinci Designs Smart Spider | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
From legos, math and piano lessons to University of Arizona robot maker named Student of the Year by EE Times as he moves DARPA into the future with the "Cheetah Project."
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Justin Timberlake - ‘Friends With Benefits’ - ‘Bad Teacher’

Justin Timberlake - ‘Friends With Benefits’ - ‘Bad Teacher’ | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Justin Timberlake has morphed from a boy-band singer to a solo pop star to a lead actor in two major screen comedies this summer.
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8 stars speak out on Steve Jobs

8 stars speak out on Steve Jobs | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Eight people who rarely speak publicly about Jobs explain what makes him one of the best business minds of our time.
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Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption

Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Sean Parker's vision shaped Facebook; so did his paranoia. Now 31 and worth $2.1 billion, he's just getting started.


Hate him or love him, he has an interesting story 

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V MAGAZINE / KATE WINSLET

V MAGAZINE / KATE WINSLET | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

ppearances aside, the Oscar-winning star of The Reader—she’s had four nominations and is only 35—has never shied from putting herself out there, whether it’s furrowing her brow for a reporter or appearing girlishly psychotic (her debut, Heavenly Creatures), casually nude (Titanic and Little Children, among many others), or emotionally raw (in nearly every performance, the latest being HBO’s adaptation of Mildred Pierce). Now, with that long-awaited Oscar on the mantle—and after a challenging year in which she separated from the director Sam Mendes and faced the ensuing press scrutiny—she has come to feel another kinship with Taylor. “She was very strong in her head and in her heart, not just in the exterior, and I suppose I am,” says Winslet. “To me, she hid vulnerability fairly successfully, and I do that too. We all have vulnerable sides. I think for a long time I pretended I didn’t have one, and I definitely do. The last couple of years, I really had to pay attention to that. The great thing about acting is you can fling it all into the mix of the part.

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The 2011 New Establishment List: And the Top Spot Goes to...

The 2011 New Establishment List: And the Top Spot Goes to... | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

This year’s New Establishment list identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs—“The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology,” as Graydon Carter puts it. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the inescapable social-networking site Facebook, maintains his perch at the top of the 17th annual New Establishment List for the second year in a row. With a possible I.P.O. on the horizon by 2012, which could value the company anywhere between $50 and $100 billion, Facebook has enough clout to worry even the unshakable Google. Zuckerberg is still the youngest person ever to top the list.

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The Genius of Steve Jobs : Marrying Tech and Art

The Genius of Steve Jobs : Marrying Tech and Art | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson on Apple, Steve Jobs and how his first Mac in changed his life.
The genius of famous innovators and CEOs is often exaggerated: Most fortunes are built on good fortune as much as sheer brilliance, and invention is a collaborative art. But there is no contesting the fact of Steve Jobs's genius—just a debate about its defining qualities.

I worry that we miss something in hailing him as either a master salesman or a master designer, though he is clearly both. His real gift, from an early age, has been the ability to see that these two worlds could, and should, productively collide. It isn't just that he made computers cool or put them in pretty boxes. It's that he put those computers in new conceptual boxes. A machine originally designed for processing equations and building bombs turned out to have a wonderful hidden potential: for song, laughter, poetry, community, family.
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Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes

Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Although Steve Jobs's tenure as Apple CEO will be remembered for ushering in fundamental changes in the way people interact with technology, he is also known for his salesmanship and his ability to turn a phrase.
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The Genius of Miles Davis: Explained

The Genius of Miles Davis: Explained | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

Despite critics of his later work, however, it could be argued that, having perfected his vision of “cool jazz,” it was natural for Davis to move on to other styles and musical expressions. No matter: even if he’d released five Michael Jackson cover albums, Kind of Blue ensured he’d always be known as the Father of the Cool; it was moment in musical history when his spare phrasing and sense of melodic space found an answer to the eternal question: “What is the sound of one note swinging?”

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President: Barack Obama at 50 - Photo Essays

Happy Birthday, Mr. President: Barack Obama at 50 - Photo Essays | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

In honor of the President's 50th birthday, on Aug.4th


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Orson Welles - The Snare of Perfectionism: When Artists Aim Too High

Orson Welles - The Snare of Perfectionism: When Artists Aim Too High | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Mr. Welles's longstanding difficulties with Hollywood are the stuff of legend. At bottom, though, they amount to this: He was a fanatical, impractical perfectionist who was willing to spend any amount of time and money on his films. But it was always other people's money, and the moguls who put up the money in Hollywood did so in order to make still more money. After Mr. Welles made "Citizen Kane" in 1941, it was clear that he was neither interested in making box-office smashes nor willing to tolerate the relentless assembly-line discipline of the U.S. film industry. Hence he spent most of the rest of his life wandering in the wilderness of underfunded independent-film production, unable to fully realize any of his creative dreams.
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Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn, 1951 - Marilyn & More: Photos by Sam Shaw - Photo Gallery - LIFE

Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn, 1951 - Marilyn & More: Photos by Sam Shaw - Photo Gallery - LIFE | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Though Shaw most enjoyed (and excelled at) photographing women, there were men -- Brando and Quinn, specifically -- who were electric through his lens. "With Marlon I never knew what was going to happen," he told Sam Shaw author Karnath.
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Meet the Sister CEOs

Meet the Sister CEOs | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Denise Morrison, soon to be CEO of Campbell Soup, often gets advice from her younger sister—who happens to be a CEO herself. The two belong to an elite collection of siblings with powerful corporate posts outside of family-controlled firms.
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