Are Your Public Speaking Skills Holding You Back?

Are Your Public Speaking Skills Holding You Back?   Social anxiety, and the dread of public speaking, hold back many bright and brilliant would-be-entrepreneurs. They avoid social gatherings like the plague, or dodge conversations when they do attend. They keep putting off sharing their ideas beyond a small circle of family members and close friends.…

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Lessons from the World Economic Forum

Lessons from the World Economic Forum   I returned from Geneva last week, after attending the Annual Curators Meeting (ACM) of Global Shapers, an initiative by the World Economic Forum to promote local change for global impact. It was wonderful to meet so many driven and accomplished individuals, who had many insights and experiences to…

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Sirdab’s Trip to Space and Back

Sirdab’s Trip to Space and Back   Last Friday was like no other at Sirdab. For one thing, it was teeming with kids, and for another, we had a video call with a team of astronauts simulating a mission to Mars! It was fascinating to say the least. The astronauts were conducting experiments on a…

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A Practical Guide to Escaping Wannapreneurism

A Practical Guide to Escaping Wannapreneurism   I’ve been working on a productivity app for over 2 years now. And by “working” I mean I’ve been sketching out the idea, thinking about it, creating mockups, learning to code so I can prototype it, doing some more sketches, and thinking some more about it. I had…

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Have You Been Updating Your Skills?

Have You Been Updating Your Skills?   Hope you’re enjoying the summer, wherever you may be.  Summer’s a great time to learn new skills or developing existing ones, whether they’re related to work, your personality or even if it’s just some DIY. Skills like learning how to cook, public speaking, photography, graphic designing, coding, writing,…

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Here’s How You Can Avoid A Common Pitfall

Here’s How You Can Avoid A Common Pitfall   I’ve noticed many would-be startup founders struggle to make the distinction between divergent and convergent thinking, which stifles their creativity and snuffs their progress. Both thinking hats are important… but at different times. Divergent thinking is where you want to explore many possibilities: problems to tackle,…

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Do Your Customers Know They Have a Problem?

Do Your Customers Know They Have a Problem?   I recently read a memo by Stewart Butterfield, founder of the project management platform Slack, which he shared with his team before launching their product. In it he covers his startup philosophy, marketing approach, and some thoughts on product design. It’s an incredible memo and I…

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Learning Life Skills from Children

Learning Life Skills from Children The last two weeks have been pretty eventful here at Sirdab Lab, with the Kidpreneurs Summer Camp running in full swing. If you popped by Sirdab you’d have noticed an entire section of the space turned into an art studio worthy of an amateur artist, fully equipped with paints, brushes,…

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