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The gig economy and parenting

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel session at entrepreneur anonymous about the gig economy. So I did some research. The USA, UK and Dutch figures are very interesting.

Figures USA

In the USA the number of freelancers is 53 million. That is 34% of the USA labour market. Intuit estimates that this proportion will grow to some 40% by 2020. A 2015 survey of over 1,000 American workers noted that about 60% received 25% or more of their income from freelance work. It is a $715 billion market in the USA.

Figures UK

There are 1.4 million British freelancers working across all sectors. This has grown 14% in the past decade. It is a £ 21 billion market …

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Decision making and principles

Messy” will tell you that rules don’t work. Particularly in a very dynamic environment. The only thing that works are guiding principles. Hence “Principles: Life and Work” by Ray Dalio. Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater.


Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behaviour that gets you what you want out of life. People who have shared values and principles get along. The principles you choose can be anything you want them to be as long as they are authentic—i.e., as long as they reflect your true character and values.

Principles should be informed by live lessons and the lessons learned from the decisions you make. Which means you need to become aware …

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Four Innovation Trends


There are some trends such as increasing internal clock speed, application of anthropology, the use serendipity, focus on execution and the creation of a BIG tolerance for mistakes. You need a failure fund.


But I think that the innovators of the future have to consider four main things. They need to understand exponential, the need to understand circular and climate change and they need to focus more on the social aspects of innovation.


You need to understand exponential.

If you want a sense of how quick things go, the book to read is “The Second Machine Age” or “The Inevitable” by Kevin Kelly. These books are about technologies such as AI, robotics, genetics, sensors, …

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Why messy is good

Are you messy?

I am very messy. So any book that suggests that messy is good, I am in. “Hence Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World”

Embrace the mess

The argument of this book is that we often succumb to the temptation of a tidy-minded approach when we would be better served by embracing a degree of mess. Order is not necessarily a good thing. Order creates its own dynamic which is not necessarily a good thing. Particularly when computers and algorithms count on an amount of order. You don’t want Big Brother making a mistake in the way you are classified on some of the darker databases.

Control is an illusion

Small shocks are …

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Ron On Newstalk 01

Listen to Ron talk about a latest book that has interested him on Newstalk Radio.

In this episode Ron talks about The Shift by Linda Gratton.

In ‘The Shift’, Professor at London Business School Lynda Gratton takes a look ground-breaking look at the five forces that will fundamentally change the way we work in the next ten to fifteen years. Having collaborated with companies around the world for the past three years, she has drawn up a guidebook for the future of work, instructing you how to harness specialisation, connections, enthusiasm and make the three key shifts essential for survival.

Newstalk 106 – 108fm is Ireland’s national independent talk radio broadcaster.

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Is urbanisation dead?

I was asked to write an article for “Doing business in Kinsale”, an 80-page book highlighting why this famous town has built a well-deserved reputation as a great place to live and work. You can download it here.

Urbanisation is dead

You can replace Kinsale with a few other nice places to live. I do think a counter-reaction to urbanisation is coming. What do you think?


Real artist don’t starve” suggest that location is a key determinant of your success. If you follow the literature on innovation, proximity = serendipity and the denser the location the more innovation will happen. Which why cities are regarded as serendipity machines and the future hotbeds of innovation.


I …

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An idea is only 5% and why minimal viable resources are the key

I have been in the entrepreneurship and the start-up game for a long time. Curriculum development, evaluations, books, training, workshops and I started a few companies myself.

THE success factor

When I deliver workshops, I always try to explain, what I think is THE success factors for early success. Networks. Apart from very hard work (read “Perennial selling“), it is about deep domain expertise and networks. They go hand in hand. If you have been a plumber all your life, what is the most obvious business you should start? Plumbing indeed.


I also have been slightly dismayed by the pitch fever, celebration of the exceptions to the rule (we are not all Mark Zuckerberg) and the ignoring …

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Why I Am Doing This

In my first day as a junior advisor, I was told to interview a CEO whose business had just failed. He lost everything. He lost his wife, all his money, his business and his house. All he was left with was a chair and a mattress (Dutch law).

It made a huge impression. Since then I have failed myself a few times, and I know the pain involved. I have worked with hundreds of companies. I have seen many management teams struggle with keeping their companies alive.

I am also a serious book nerd. Always have been since I learned how to read. I love books. I got a lot out of them. Books like “Lord of the rings”, “Thriving …

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The hard statistics behind the future

We have read many books about the future. Most recent “The day after tomorrow”, “Thank you for being late” and “The industries of the future”. All about the speed of change. They are all excellent.

You should add “No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends” to the list. What makes this book different is rather than focus on only technology or climate, it is focussing on demographics, trade flows, emerging markets and more specifically emerging cities. With hard statistics as the basis of the book.

The key points

Focus on emerging economies

Emerging economies are growing 75% more rapidly than developed counties, and by 2025, the economic centre of gravity …

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