Beeple’s collage, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, recently sold as a digital artwork at Christie’s for $69-million. (Image: Beeple)

For years, there’s been a binary debate around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. For the sceptics, they’re a fad, representing nothing more than technological solutions in search of a problem. For the evangelists, this is an unstoppable train that represents an opportunity to turn the traditional financial system on its head by creating a more equitable playing field, which transfers power from the few to the many.

I believe the evangelists are right … with one extremely important caveat.

Let’s start with…

This week I want to fire up a debate about how you communicate with your colleagues at work.

Specifically, I want to kick-start a conversation that inspires you to look at ways to reduce the time you spend on email!

This isn’t going to be a balanced argument.

It can’t be as I’m trying to help you break a dangerous habit.

A habit that is killing your companies ability to collaborate and innovate.

So read on to find out why email kills companies, what steps you can take to swap out email from your day-to-day life and perhaps most importantly…


Before diving in, a quick thank you in advance for sharing your ideas about what CEO’s should focus on when building or turning around a business, in the comments section below.

Whether you agree or disagree with the opinions I’m about to share, do let’s continue the debate. There are still too many examples of poorly run organisations, so you never know. Perhaps your comments might inspire a few more CEO’s to do what’s right for their customers and staff and in so doing, generate some decent returns for their shareholders too.

I also want to highlight this won’t be…

#openexo #purposefulorganisations #exponentialthinking

This is an updated version of an earlier article called ‘An Abundance of Capital for Purposeful Startups’.

I recently gave a keynote to a corporate audience, where I highlighted that exponential technologies allowed startups to quickly become significant and sometimes even existential threats to legacy incumbents.

There was I admit some degree of scepticism.

When I suggested that large organisations need to treat startups with renewed respect, because capital is now readily available, all eyebrows where raised.

The Light Phone 2 is an excellent example of why I stand by this statement. Capital is available, especially for…

RAIN is a beautiful example of how startups can create existential threats for big businesses.

But first lets set the scene, by exploring RAIN’s offering.

If your initial impression is that there is not a cat-in-hells chance RAIN could ever be a serious threat to the big four incumbents, hang in there.

That was my first thought too but one that is probably wrong.


If you haven’t heard of RAIN, it is a South African startup, that offers retail customers mobile-data, which is only accessible across approximately 10% of South Africa, perhaps substantially less.

Therefore, if you have a…

Saturday, 10th February 2017

Dear Astro,

A huge thank you for encouraging me to post this article. That fact alone reaffirms my belief that the book ‘Why Corporates Should Build a Moonshot Factory (and how to do it)’ needs to be written and needs to be written by you.


Sunday, 11th February 2017

Dear Colin,

Good for you for pushing on this. I’m very curious to see how people respond and who knows, maybe it will inspire me to write the book after all.

Or perhaps your article will cause the book to be crowd-source-written based on my…

Colin Iles

CEO of The Equinox

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