Category Archives: Get Inspired!

Brian Solis on why the future of innovation is disruption

Brian Solis LeWeb

Having the opportunity to see Brian Solis presenting live at LeWeb Paris 2013 is most definitely one of the highlights of my career.

I have been a huge fan of Brian’s work for many years. As you can see, I have shared in this blog many posts and videos of Brian; I regularly read his fantastic blog plus I have read all his books. Actually, I made his book Engage!, Revised and Updated: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web (Amazon affiliate link) as mandatory reading to my students when I was a Lecturer at Kozminski University a few years ago.

At LeWeb, Brian Solis gave an outstanding presentation on why the future of innovation is disruption. In it he explored the elements of innovation and how ideas and passion convert intro disruption.


Brian Solis – The future of innovation is disruption: Moving from the innovators dilemma to become the dilemma’s innovator.


Photo credit: Ivan Hernandez

Related posts:

1. Disruptive Thinking and Innovation
2. Back from LeWeb Paris 2013
3. Brian Solis on Digital Darwinism and the Social Economy
4. Brian Solis on being a change agent, problem solving and the end of business as usual
5. The end of business as usual

Gary Vaynerchuk on jab, jab, jabbing your way to success

Gary Vaynerchuk LeWeb Paris 2013

If you have been following my blog for the past few years, you will know that I am a big fan of Gary Vaynerchuk, so to have the opportunity to experience him speaking live at LeWeb, has been a great experience for me.

At LeWeb Paris 2013, Gary had an awesome Q&A session with Loic Le Meur. This session was excellent, full of Gary’s insights and ideas on what it takes to be successful in social media.

By the way, at the 49:30 mins mark, I had the opportunity to ask Gary a question on how he has managed his company’s impressive growth (from 20 to 300 employees in 24 months), so make sure you stay until the end of the session to find his answer.

Ivan Hernandez and Gary Vaynerchuk at LeWeb 2013


Gary Vaynerchuk – Q&A Session


By the way, I strongly recommend you to get his new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World (Amazon affiliate link), in which he shares a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works with over 80 social media content case studies. Brilliant stuff!

Photo credit: Ivan Hernandez

Related posts:

1. Back from LeWeb Paris 2013
2. Gary Vaynerchuk on business development, marketing people ruining social media and much more
3. Gary Vaynerchuk on how businesses must adapt to social media
4. The future of the web – according to Gary Vaynerchuk
5. Gary Vaynerchuk on transparency, authenticity and why now is the best time to be an entrepreneur

Back from LeWeb Paris 2013

LeWebFrom December 10th to December 13th, thousands of people gathered in Paris to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of LeWeb, the most talked-about international conference for startups and web entrepreneurs.

I had the privilege of being invited as an Official Blogger of the event and be part of the LeWeb community, helping spread the word and transmit to the world the highlights of the event.

Actually, on day two I found out that I was at the top 10 of generated tweets (including tweets, RTs and mentions). This made me very happy as it showed that people liked what I was sharing.

Top Tweets

So, now that the event is over, I will move from focusing on reporting the event live to gradually continue to share some of the most important presentations. These are not necessarily “my favorite ones”, but the ones that I believe are extremely relevant and that you should definitely check out. I can assure you that wether you are a young entrepreneur or an experienced executive in a Fortune 500 company, you will get valuable insights, knowledge and inspiration from them.

I will be sharing with you the presentations of amazing people such as Brian Solis, Jeremiah Owyang, Gary Vaynerchuk (including a brief but very cool interaction with me), Ramon De Leon, Fred Wilson, Carmine Gallo and many more.

Additionally, I will share with you a Special Edition of The Digital Loop, recorded directly from Paris with my good friend and partner in crime, Paul Papadimitriou (who by the way did a phenomenal job co-hosting the event!), as well as interviews with some of the speakers.

So, stay tuned and keep coming back, because although the LeWeb Paris 2013 conference is already over, you will be able to continue getting valuable information and inspiration right here.

See you around!

Official Blogger LeWeb Paris 2013

LeWeb Official BloggerH.U.G.E. news today: I have been invited to be an Official Blogger at LeWeb Paris 2013!

For many years I have been religiously following the event, which is considered as the most important international conference for startups and web entrepreneurs.

For the past couple years, I have shared in this blog some great presentations from the previous editions in both London and Paris. I even had one of the highlights of my year when I had the great pleasure of having Jeremiah Owyang as our guest for The Digital Loop, just minutes after he just finished his keynote presentation at LeWeb London 2013. And today, it means a lot to me that this time I will have the opportunity to take part in this amazing experience live in Paris.

The speakers’ line up this year is amazing, including outstanding visionaries and thought-leaders such as Guy Kawasaki, Brian Solis, Gary Vaynerchuk, Phil Libin, and many many more, including once again Jeremiah Owyang, as well my good friend (and partner in crime at The Digital Loop) Paul Papadimitriou.

So, if you are planning to attend this year’s event, I am really looking forward to seeing you there!

Visit the event’s website for more information or to register

Time to Press CTRL ALT Delete and Reboot Your Life

Not long ago Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image, published his new book Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It. (Amazon Affiliate Link).

To celebrate the lunch of the book, instead of having the standard book launch party, Mitch invited Seth Godin to join him on stage to have a remarkable conversation about how much business has changed, and what this means for all of us going forward.

This is a fascinating conversation between two amazing thought-leaders. I strongly recommend you to watch the video on its entirety and then go … no … run to buy Mitch’s books.


Mitch Joel and Seth Godin, “CTRL ALT DELETE”


Related posts:

1. Mitch Joel on how everything we know about business has fundamentally changed
2. Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception, pushing the limits and connecting with other humans
3. Seth Godin on risk taking, initiative, curiosity and much more
4. Mitch Joel on the future of the web

Speaking at the Mediarun Festival

Mediarun Festival
On June 12th, I will be taking part in the Mediarun Festival in the beautiful city of Gdansk, Poland.

I’ve had the opportunity to present at this event in its two previous editions (previously the event was known as Business Sopot Festival.) Last year’s event was excellent, and I am sure this year will be fantastic.

The topic of my presentation is “Disruptive Innovation in the Digital Era” and I will make the case that in today’s digital age, organizations really need to embrace change, take risks, and stop just trying to do things “better” and start doing things “differently“. In other words, embrace disruptive innovation and take their business in a different direction.

I really hope to see you there!

Visit the Festival’s website for more information or to register

Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception, pushing the limits and connecting with other humans

Seth Godin’s latest book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? (Amazon affiliate link) is simply outstanding. In it Seth shares how the story we know of the young Icarus, who ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and as a result drowned after burning his wings, has been lost along the way.

According to him, people think the story says “don’t fly too close to the sun,” but that’s not what it used to say 150 years ago. Back then it also used to say “don’t fly too low, because if you fly too low, the mist and the water will weigh you down, and you will perish.

So, basically the message we have been fed for years has been to stay low, don’t try and fly too high. In other words, we should just stay in our comfort zone, play it safe, do not make waves and just listen to the experts.

The book is about about forging your own path, not settling, pushing beyond what is expected, and connecting with other humans. This is a truly remarkable book and I strongly recommend you to read it.

Bryan Elliot had a very interesting conversation with Seth in which they went over some of the most important concepts from the book.



Relevant posts:

1. Seth Godin on risk taking, initiative, curiosity and much more
2. Think differently
3. Seth Godin and Tom Peters on social networking, the internet and blogging
4. Seth Godin on entrepreneurship, freelancing, communities and shipping
5. The Great Books Series – Linchpin
6. 10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read