Menu Close

Tao Bindslev

Impact entrepreneur

BBC Documentary: Steve Jobs – Billion Dollar Hippy

Trailer 2 min

Full length 60 min

Friday night at the movies carried me to this documentary on Steve Jobs. My favorite parts of the story remain the drama of the 80s and 90s as the early pioneers of computing fight to become the giants we see today… or perished along the way.

Making presentations with TEDs 10 commandments

Did you know why TED speeches are generally so good? I recently discovered TED send upcoming speakers a stone tablet, engraved with the ‘TED Commandments”. Amy Tan in her TED Talk described the arrival of the TED Commandments as “something that creates a near-death experience; but near-death is good for creativity…”. All presenters are given 18-minute slots maximum (some are less time like the 3- and 6-minute speaks).


Thanks to Tim Longhurst (The TED Commandments – rules every speaker needs to know) you can see the list in an easier to read format below.

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before.
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion.
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story.
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy.
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
  7. Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desperate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
  8. Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
  9. Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
  10. Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee.

Garr Reynolds has an excellent analysis of the top presentation styles used by previous speakers at TED as follows here:

Presenting fully naked, no slides, no script
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?  Sir Ken knows what he wants to say and usually has 2-3 key points in mind, but he does not read a script or use notes. He makes good use of humor and story to illustrate his points.

Presenting with highly visual slides in the PZ style
Seth Godin: Why tribes, not money or factories, will change the world. Seth uses many, large colorful slides in his talks but the slides have very little (if any) text. Seth is out front totally engaged.

Presenting with slides kind of like Al Gore
Al Gore: 15 ways to avert a climate crisis. Al Gore became an engaging presenter with the aid of simple, high-impact visuals that helped him tell the story and give evidence supporting his content.

• Using a prepared script from the lectern (no slides)
Isabel Allende: Tales of passion. In general, I do not recommend reading a speech at such a conference, but if you do read, do it in a way that is engaging as demonstrated by Isabel Allende.

Using a prepared script from the lectern (with slides/video)
Sylvia Earle (TED Prize winner 2009). Although Dr. Earle was using a script, she knew her material so well that it felt natural and the pacing was almost perfect with the visuals.

Presenting well in spite of superfluous, cruddy bulleted slides
Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do. Tony Robbins speaks for a living, and while I do not recommend swearing from the stage, Tony was able to engage a rather skeptical audience at TED in spite of poor visuals. Watch the presentation to see how.

Presenting in a way that makes an amazing connection with the audience
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight. Dr. Taylor uses some slides and one prop (an actual human brain), but mainly she lets her emotions out and tells her story in an honest, sincere way. Amazing.

Presenting data with slides to tell meaningful stories
Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen.Who says data is boring? Data is like notes on a page, says Dr. Rosling, it’s up to the presenter (the conductor) to bring the data (music) alive for the people.

Presenting in sync with many, many slides 
Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law. Who says you can’t speak well to 200 PowerPoint/Keynote slides? No one does it like Prof. Lessig.

Presenting from the piano, the stage, & within the audience
Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes. What can I say? If you present with even half the conviction and passion of the great Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and loyal TEDster, you will blow their socks off.

Are you ready for your next TED style presentation?

/Tao Bindslev

Source: Garr Reynolds blog, Tim Longhurst blog.


10 ways to find team rhythm long distance

There are three types of team members: those who get things done, those who watch things get done, and those who wonder how so much got done! If you´re lucky enough to be part of a local team that get things done, you know how rare that is – doing so across continents, time zones and languages is both a science and an art. I came across Shane Pearlmans excellent presentation on working with distributed teams. I particularly like his Rhythm section that outlines 10 essentials for ensuring high performance global teams:

Team rhythm

  1. Create regular habits
  2. Make sure everyone knows how to win
  3. Manage the queue artfully
  4. Run a regular standup meeting
  5. Everything has an owner
  6. Provide clear and explicit feedback
  7. Figure out a consistent communication pattern
  8. Measure performance not time
  9. Help people with their time management
  10. Respect personal load and priorities

Source: Shane Pearlman, CEO at Modern Tribe Inc. where he leads indie teams in UX/UI, web, mobile & product design. He is frequent speaker on the subject of managing distributed teams.

One laptop per child breaks down how to downspec your over-engineered laptop for the purpose of educating the world’s poorest children

In November 2005, at the World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunis, Nicholas Negroponte, The previous director of the MIT Media Lap and founder of Wired Magazine unveiled the concept of a $100 laptop computer, The Children’s Machine, designed for students in the developing world. The price has increased to US$180, however. The project is part of a broader program by One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit organisation started by Negroponte and other Media Lab faculty, to extend Internet access in developing countries.

Check out this visual summary of the book “The Startup of You”

I find it refreshing and an entrepreneurial act by itself that brave new authors are promoting their books by sharing free downloadable visual summaries, packed with inspiring and funny images carefully sculpted into quotes and key take aways. Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how the key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.

The following example “The Startup of You” in 190 images, kept me causally entertained and inspired on my 20 minute morning train ride. It reads as a light weight presentation slide deck and works perfectly as a light read with headliners.

In the past 50 years, the start-up handbook has been re-written in Silicon Valley. the thesis hoffman and casnocha submit is that the primary lesson this modern hive of economic activity has for each of us, as “entrepreneurs of our own lives”, is to understand ourselves as actors in a fluid/chaotic system; and moreover, one in which the better-trodden path to success is massively impacted by others — our network. in a profound sense, then, the “i” is really a “we” … and everyone will find nuggets in the authors’ practical and insightful counsel on what this means to chart a more flexible, and ultimately more rewarding, course in our professional lives.

/Tao Bindslev

Newer Posts
Older Posts