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Lunch with the FT: François Pinault

Lunch with the FT: François Pinault | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The luxury goods magnate tells Jackie Wullschlager what makes a good art collector...


"A good collector, Pinault says, “needs an eye, emotion, the capacity to feel something in a work. You can be a cold brute in business; you don’t need feelings: it’s effective to eliminate them. But in art everything is about emotion.”
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Steve Jobs Official Biography Arrives in Early 2012

Steve Jobs Official Biography Arrives in Early 2012 | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The book, iSteve: The Book of Jobs, is being penned by famed biographer Walter Isaacson, the former CEO of CNN and managing editor of Time.

Finally, I will read a bible...
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I just can't wait -.
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The Accidental Activist

The Accidental Activist | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Sean Penn, actor, director, hothead, misanthrope. So what's he still doing in Haiti?
In many ways, Penn seems to relish the animosity that his intemperate style inspires. He is deeply invested, to be sure, in the notion of being a good man. All the poetry and prose that he is fondest of quoting tends to celebrate the same romantic ideal of swashbuckling benevolence. (“You can have a barter system,” he told me at one point, “you can have advanced capitalism, you can read Ayn Rand or Joseph Stiglitz. I don’t care, because I don’t understand it anyway. What I do understand is that if your neighbor is screwed, you’ve got to help him.”) Yet, for all his sentimental attachment to the idea of being a heroic altruist, he is, it seems, equally attached to the idea of being a hostile outsider — to hating the world and having it hate him back. He is not, he will sternly insist, a good person. “I’m not. I mean” — he lowers his voice, as if to impart a secret — “I’m really not. I have great moments when I feel very connected and loving toward humankind, but I never have a good moment toward human beings. Unless someone shares my angst, I don’t even know who they are and then we’re just angst sharers. That’s the way it is. I love humankind; I don’t like humans. I don’t get along with people very well. I never did.”
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Jack Dorsey & The Golden Gate Bridge (Exclusive Video)

The 15-minute speech is succinct and to the point. Every startup founder should watch it. It is about design and building excellent products. “Everything we do here is design,” he says. It is about the importance of telling good stories through your products and editing them down to their core narrative. “We need to present one cohesive story to the world,” he notes.

A recent Vanity Fair profile of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ends with an anecdote about an inspiring speech he gave to the assembled staff at his new mobile payments startup, Square. The internal
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Career Counselor: Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Career Counselor: Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
How does your college major affect your job prospects?
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Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Audit...
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axelletess's comment, March 18, 2011 4:22 PM
I saw it, absolutely poignant . Thanks Otir
Otir's comment, March 18, 2011 4:24 PM
You're welcome. I had followed him until his death. He has been a personal inspiration in my life for many reasons.
axelletess's comment, March 18, 2011 6:36 PM
This lecture resonates so much. You just listen and ask yourself all the right questions in few minutes..
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Gauguin's Bid for Glory

Gauguin's Bid for Glory | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Of all the images created by the artist Paul Gauguin, none was more striking than the one he crafted for himself
“Gauguin created his own persona and established his own myth as to what kind of a man he was,” says Nicholas Serota, the director of London’s Tate, whose exhibition, “Gauguin: Maker of Myth,” traveled last month to Washington’s National Gallery of Art (until June 5). “Gauguin had the genuine sense that he had artistic greatness,” says Belinda Thomson, curator of the Tate Modern’s exhibition. “But he also plays games, so you are not sure whether you can take him literally.”
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(Founder Stories) Dennis Crowley: “The Hard Part Is Building The Machine That Builds The Product”

(Founder Stories) Dennis Crowley: “The Hard Part Is Building The Machine That Builds The Product” | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
What's the hardest part of building a hot startup? In Part II of his Founder Stories interview, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley tells Chris Dixon it's not building the product, it's building the company that builds the product. The product is easy. Crowley and his team have been thinking about the product for years.
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Winklevoss Talks Facebook Without Zuckerberg, ConnectU, and Julian Assange

Winklevoss Talks Facebook Without Zuckerberg, ConnectU, and Julian Assange | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
In part two of our interview, Cameron Winklevoss discusses Julian Assange, Steve Jobs, America, and Mark Zuckerberg's performance as CEO of Facebook.
"That's one example of what I see as a lack of vision on Zuckerberg's part. Some construe that as, Oh, well, he's willing to take risk and go out on a limb. As far as I'm concerned, he didn't even see the network for what it was in the first six months. He just thought it was something that was cool. He didn't even realize the potential there."

I can't help it...I do not see them as David against Goliath. I do not even feel a beginning of sympathy for them.. Why?
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Would you do what you're doing if this was the last day of your life ?

A classic, from Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
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Twitter Was Act One

Twitter Was Act One | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
With Twitter, Jack Dorsey unleashed a communications revolution. With Square, he is challenging the banking system. But the job this low-profile visionary really wants, David Kirkpatrick learns, is mayor of New York City. Photograph by John Huba.
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How 'The Social Network' Saved Mark Zuckerberg

How 'The Social Network' Saved Mark Zuckerberg | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The Oscar-nominated movie was supposed to turn Facebook's CEO into a villain. So how did 2010 turn Mark Zuckerberg into a hero?

(A hero, maybe not...but more ambivalent and tortured than the public image..even if we all know The Social Network is a FICTION, not a documentary;)
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25 Greatest Working Directors

25 Greatest Working Directors | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
As the Oscars approach to honor excellence from the past year, we're counting down the most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today -- from Wes Anderson to Kathryn Bigelow and our No. 1
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What Lucky People Do Different

What Lucky People Do Different | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
How Steve Jobs and other visionaries create luck by looking past narrowly-defined quests and staying open to unforeseen changes...
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The Future of Fashion, Part Seven: Carine Roitfeld

The Future of Fashion, Part Seven: Carine Roitfeld | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The moment we slide into a booth and Roitfeld removes a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses the size of saucers, a different woman emerges: talkative, immensely charming, unafraid to appear vulnerable, yet also fiercely determined. I barely have a chance to turn on my tape recorder before she is off and running on a variety of subjects: her mysterious departure from Vogue, the need to promote young talent, and dinners à trois with Riccardo Tisci and Karl Lagerfeld.
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Shigeru Ban on Designing Shelters for the Quake Victims

Shigeru Ban on Designing Shelters for the Quake Victims | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is known for his acts of modesty. For one thing, he likes to build with paper, a material that is surprisingly strong when rolled into logs. For another, while directing offices on three continents that turn out museums, factories and houses, he also routinely builds shelters for victims of natural and manmade disasters.
Mr. Ban has been doing this work internationally since 1995, when he designed emergency housing with beer-crate foundations and paper-tube walls for survivors of the earthquake in Kobe, Japan. In 1999, he made prototype tents with paper poles for a refugee camp in post-genocide Rwanda. The paper-frame schoolhouse he built in Chengdu, China, after the 2008 earthquake that ravaged Sichuan Province typifies the architect’s gift for combining poetry and utility.

Reached at his Paris office by phone after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Mr. Ban discussed his plans for assisting those now homeless in Japan.
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How I Helped Invent the Touchscreen in 1979 at Xerox PARC

How I Helped Invent the Touchscreen in 1979 at Xerox PARC | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Imagine in 1979 being able to take a picture, size it, add in captions in your chosen typeface, and then print it out using a laser printer or fax it or e-mail it. Today, we all get it, but then, precious few did. However, it was very interesting to witness the development of the touch screen and working on the interface taught me a life-long lesson: Timing and psychology convince the public to embrace your innovations.
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Polaroid and Apple: Innovation Through Mental Invention

Polaroid and Apple: Innovation Through Mental Invention | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Ten Steps AheadSteve Jobs admits to few idols. But one is Edwin Land, the college dropout who invented the polarizing filters used in everything from car headlights to sunglasses. Land, of course, also invented the Polaroid Land Camera. It happened like this: One time when Land and his three-year-old daughter were in New Mexico, she asked why she couldn't immediately see a photograph that he had snapped. He took a short walk through the desert, pondering that question.
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axelletess's comment, March 22, 2011 12:30 AM
thanks Baochi ! love to read that innovators have always mentors

u should love this scoop as well,
http://www.scoop.it/t/inspiring-stories/p/1140303/the-story-of-polaroid-inventor-edwin-land-one-of-steve-jobs-biggest-heroes-37signals
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Marlon Brando screentest 0001

"Rebel Without a Cause" screentest with a very handsome Marlon Brando at 23 years old.
He would have been awesome....
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TED: 'There's an awful lot of brains out there' – all working to save the world

TED: 'There's an awful lot of brains out there' – all working to save the world | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The TED ideas conference brings together some of the world's most dynamic people – such as prize-winner Jamie Oliver. He tells Carole Cadwalladr how they inspire action on society's biggest problems
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Roger Ebert’s Inspiring Digital Transformation

Roger Ebert’s Inspiring Digital Transformation | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
With the help of his wife, two colleagues and the Alex-equipped MacBook that he uses to generate his computerized voice, famed film critic Roger Ebert delivered the final talk at the TED conference
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Lunch with the FT: Sean Parker

Lunch with the FT: Sean Parker | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The internet pioneer tells John Gapper how he’s coping with his new reputation


So is a billion dollars cool? He ponders the question carefully. “No, it’s not,” he says. “It’s not cool. I think being a wealthy member of the establishment is the antithesis of cool. Being a countercultural revolutionary is cool. So to the extent that you’ve made a billion dollars, you’ve probably become uncool."
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Contents of Kafka safety deposit boxes finally revealed

Contents of Kafka safety deposit boxes finally revealed | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Last week the three-year long court case reached its peak with the publication of the safes’ contents; Judge Talia Pardo Kupelman is due to now decide the fate of the manuscripts.
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Marilyn by Larry McMurtry

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Baochi's comment, March 3, 2011 8:38 PM
If you're a fan of Marilyn Monroe, consider reading Joyce Carol Oates BLONDE. It may not be completely biographical but it's based on a lot of research and is very psychologically compelling.
axelletess's comment, March 3, 2011 8:45 PM
Actually, I am not a fan at all. I think her myth is more interesting, it means what people projected on her. I m more interested in these persons, what it says about this period in US than her in itself. I do not admire her at all, the phenomenon is more intriguing
Baochi's comment, March 4, 2011 2:31 PM
Interesting. Thanks for your frank thoughts. I have to concur that admiration is not really something I feel towards MM. Rather, I feel for her story: rags-to-riches, mental illness, etc.
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Bruce Lee, The Lost Interview | Brain Pickings

Bruce Lee, The Lost Interview | Brain Pickings | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Rare footage of Bruce Lee's only existing TV interview, circa 1971.
his first (and only) television interview. For 25 minutes in December 1971, the martial arts star sat down with Pierre Berton, a Canadian journalist, in Hong Kong.
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