Five Must-See TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

Prepare for TEDx Trondheim with this special selection of talks for entrepreneurs

This Sunday 15 November, TEDx returns to Trondheim.

If for some reason you've never come across TEDx, it's an independently organised event affiliated to the global phenomenom TED, a nonprofit devoted to "ideas worth spreading".

The majority of TED and TEDx talks from all around the world are recorded and made available online. The archives are a treasure trove of inspiring entertainment and information, but it's all to easy to get lost in the excitement and all of a sudden it's 4am...

So Technoport has done the hard work for you and dug out these five awesome videos especially relevant for entrepreneurs.

Be inspired!

How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed

As I'm sure everyone involved in entrepreneurship knows, you're not at your best when you're stressed.

Our brains have evolved over thousands of years to release cortisol in stressful situations. This inhibits rational, logical thinking (that's "cloudy" thinking, folks!) but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion.

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations: the pre-mortem.

"Part of the practice of the pre-mortem is to recognise that under stress, you're not going to be at your best so you should put systems in place."


Are we in control of our own decisions?

The decisions we make are not only inevitable, but they're also extremely predictable.

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

"Our intuition is fooling us in a predictable, repeatable way."


Why work doesn't happen at work

Jason Fried, co-founder and president of pioneering remote working company 37signals, has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.

"Pick one afternoon when nobody in the office can talk to each other, just silence. What you'll find is a tremendous amount of work gets done."


Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults.

"I think we miss an opportunity to find these kids that have entrepreneurial traits and to show them that being an entrepreneur is not a bad thing. Kids have dreams, passions and visions and somehow we get those things crushed."


Co-Entrepreneurs, a model for entrepreneurship

Roald Sieberath is named after Roald Amundsen, the famous Norwegian explorer. In this talk, he encourages a different way of looking at entrepreneurship. Historically, entrepreneurship has been seen as an elusive endeavour, reserved for a small elite, crazy or risky enough to embark on launching a venture. Nowadays that more and more people are drawn to starting their own business, the "Co-Entrepreneurs" model allows to rethink many aspects of launching a startup with the help of a tribe, crowd, or social network

He also encourages you to manage your energy, not your time.


TEDx Trondheim is held at Byscenen this weekend.

Photo: TED Conference

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