TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

September 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

This blogpost from Shopify gets me super fired up.  It’s an aggregation of TED Talks that have direct relevance for entrepreneurs and startups.  TED, for those that don’t know, is an annual conference that brings together the world’s most interesting minds and challenges them to give the talk of their lives in under 18 minutes.

Over 900 of these talks and performance are available for free to the general public on TED.com and many are relevant for entrepreneurs.  Mark Hayes at Shopify pulled together 12 of the ones he felt were most directly relevant for internet startups.

One of my favorites is a speech given by Simon Sinek about why people make purchasing decisions and how to lead effectively.

Memorable quotes include:

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

“If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe.”

“What you do proves what you believe and people will do the things that prove what they believe.”

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

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