Microsoft has joined the Open Innovation Network (OIN), an open source patent consortium. In joining the group, Microsoft has agreed to grant royalty free and unrestricted licence to its patents portfolio to other OIN members.
Farnham Street have a good article disecting the wisdom delivered by Berkshire Hathaway's Charlie Munger during his USC Law School commencement speech in 2007. The propose that the life advice given can be used an operating system to lead a full and successful life.
A parasite found on cats may make you more entrepreneurial. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that students infected with Toxoplasma Gondii were 1.4 times more likely to major in business and 1.7 times more likely to to pursue a management and entreprenurial pathway. It is thought that the parasite encourages risk taking behaviour in the host in an attempt to increase the chances of it spreading to other cats.
How I Built This (HIBT) is a great business podcast that highlights how now successful businesses, often household names like Ben & Jerrys or Dyson, got started and battled through to achieve success.The story of Chicken Salad Chick on a recent episode is particularly inspiring. This one will probably have you in tears by the end (as it did me!).
In Akimbo episode 12, Seth talks about freelancing, what it takes to become a good freelancer and why to strive to become a category of one. He talks about differentiating your freelance work from the comodity levels of a category.
As podcasts go, Business Wars by Wondery is very binge-worthy. The show offers a factual based story look at some of the biggest company battles in corporate history like Netflix V Blockbuster and Marvel V DC. Each story lasts for 7 or 8 episodes and finishes with some interviews of people close to the story. I found the Nike V Adidas story particularly good, the history of both companies is a great story!H/T to Niall Harbison for posting on Twitter about Business Wars.