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Justin Kan at Disrupt Europe 2014.

Justin Kan at Disrupt Europe 2014.

Resilience Is Key To Success For Most Startups, According To YC’s Justin Kan

Lots of startups start with good ideas, but few of them become huge successes. More important than a good idea to their success is just having the resilience required to keep going even if your idea isn’t so great, Y Combinator partner Justin Kan said at Disrupt Europe 2014. That certainly was true in Kan’s own experience as he and his team transitioned from an online life-casting stream into a massive live-streaming platform for video gamers. “If you look at all startup stories, it’s not a straight line… to success,” Kan said. “If Justin.tv could work and be successful, then no one has any excuse. That was a terrible idea.”..

 

Banda Aceh rebuilding 10 years after the Boxing Day tsunami

Courage: Maasepp says the despair of the Boxing Day tsunami has not been forgotten. Photo: Dru Maasepp

Courage: Maasepp says the despair of the Boxing Day tsunami has not been forgotten. Photo: Dru Maasepp

It has been a decade since the devastating earthquake off the coast of the western Indonesian island of Sumatra caused the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. The event is now recognised as one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of humanity. The tsunami hit fourteen countries killing 250,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. Homes were destroyed, communities displaced and the world rallied to help survivors. At the time of the tragedy, Dru Maasepp, of Queanbeyan, was just 14 years old. He remembers little from the news reports of the natural disaster…

 

Elsevier Publishes New Books on Natural Disasters and Hazards

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of four new books on natural disasters and hazards, including three from the newly developed Hazards and Disasters series edited by Dr. John F. Shroder…

 

New BSI Standard for Organizational Resilience BS 65000 publication date announced

The publication date for the new British Standard for Organizational Resilience BS 65000 has been confirmed as 27th November 2014 and will be held in the City of London. The BS 65000 standard offers guidance on how organizational resilience can be enhanced through connecting the strategic goals of the business with wider thinking on the processes and resources that deliver value enhancing capabilities. Over the last few weeks the technical committee have been busy with the final amendments following extensive industry engagement over the past 12 months…

 

Resilience – What Is It, Anyway?

One of the blessings – and curses – of working in resilience is that you have to attend a lot of meetings – a LOT of meetings. Too often, you’ll think you’re making real progress on dealing with an issue when the meeting will get sidetracked (or highjacked) when someone blurts out, “Well, what is resilience, anyway?” If there are academics in the room, almost invariably each of them will trot out their favourite definition, and then intellectual chaos ensues as each defends theirs and points out the flaws in everyone else’s definitions. The result? The meeting’s derailed, you’re frustrated, and another opportunity to deal with our real problems missed…

 

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