by Sunil Bali, 31-03-13

When he was 15 years old Nick had a great idea.

Nick had no qualifications and experience. But he went ahead anyway.

Nick didn’t get anyone’s permission or approval. He picked himself.

Nick needed money for his project. So he asked people who had a lot of money.

Last week, 17 year Nick D’Aloisio sold his iPhone app Summly to Yahoo for a reported $30million.

He’s the youngest person ever to have received venture capital – $300,000 from Li Ka-shing the world’s 8th richest man.

Life’s one trip for which you don’t need a permission slip.

In the connection economy self selection doesn’t rely on education, who you know or how wealthy you are.

The world is littered with people who didn’t wait and worry, who didn’t pause and procrastinate. These are the people we admire, who have created not just successful businesses but legacies. They drew their own line in the sand and then crossed it.

If you don’t think you’re good enough, it’s probably because you’re not a very good judge of character.


Men and Boys

1) Overheard in the playground at my 9 year old son’s school: "The last time I saw something like you, I flushed it."

2) Little boy: “Dad, I’ve got a part in the school play as a man who’s been married for 25 years."
     Dad: “Never mind Son. Maybe next time you’ll get a speaking part."