Introvert, Tech & Corporate Entrepreneurship, Instructor @ Istanbul, Turkey

As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, learning how to innovate together will once again be changing.

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One of the most enduring lessons from 2020 was learning to work from home, with all its pros and cons, quirks and concessions. On Google, searches for “working from home” jumped by a factor of almost 15x between February and March last year.

In the comfort of our homes we all carved out a room, or at least a corner of a room, and created our own personal workspaces. …


No one could have accurately predicted the shifts from last year; can we do any better predicting this one?

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“Because things are the way they are, things will not remain the way they are.” — Bertolt Brecht

One month into 2021 and we are still not sure how this year is going to turn out. However, one thing is for sure, 2021 is an evolving concept and, as different as 2020 was from 2019, 2021 will also leave its own enduring mark.


Our definition of “going to work” is undergoing a rapid change, and this will have a ripple effect across the entire economy.

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So who is still going to work?

Remote work, i.e. working from home, is set to radically transform not only work and work spaces, but also economies built around the those places where people work.

In the United States, before the pandemic, only at 7% of the workforce worked from home; during the pandemic, this rose to 64%. In Canada, the working from home rate rose from 10% pre-pandemic to more than 40% during the pandemic.

While many…


How to keep the wheels of innovation turning at your company despite the upcoming economic upheaval

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Much has been discussed and debated about “what’s next?”, once the current COVID-19 health crisis has passed and the nationwide lockdowns have lifted. There are new consumer and business trends emerging, new regulations being drafted, and new measures being considered to stem new outbreaks.

However, in listening to all the talking heads, what is clear is that no one has any idea about what this new normal will actually be. No one has experienced anything similar in over 100 years, and thus “what’s next?”


How COVID-19 is about to spark significant change with how businesses operate and interact with customers

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Businesses deemed non-essential have been shutdown for weeks. Wherever possible, employees have been working from home, or simply sitting at home, waiting. The images of empty landmarks, deserted city squares, even a unlit Las Vegas strip has multiplied across the internet, reminding us of the extreme measures that societies have taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

This crisis has hit small businesses especially hard. In a survey published on April 3rd, 2020 by the U.S. …


How COVID-19 is about to spark significant change in the relationship between citizen and state

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Over the past month, our brains have been seared with images of overcrowded hospitals, and videos of doctors and nurses crying for their dying patients without sufficient equipment to face this invisible enemy. Every evening we scour Twitter for the latest numbers: how many new cases? how many deaths?

That is the crisis of today.

But, when the shock of this health crisis starts to fade, a new crisis will emerge, one where citizens of wealthy nations around the world will start questioning the aptitude…


A call for corporations to continue pursuing and investing in innovation, even during a global pandemic.

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I think I’ve spent the majority of the last few weeks reading every available news article for updates on COVID-19, constantly perusing through YouTube videos on the virus, studying different mathematical models about when the pandemic will peak, if ever.

Stuck at home, with only the internet connecting us to the outside world, it is easy to get lost in the moment, wondering about how different countries and communities are faring in the face of such a terrifying, invisible enemy.


As the lean innovation culture takes hold in Turkey, companies are growing up and doubling down on financial impact. This is how they will do it in 2020.

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Core Strateji has been the leading lean innovation partner for dozens of large corporations in Turkey and the neighboring region over the past 5 years. While corporate entrepreneurship and startup engagement were just emerging buzzwords back then, those concepts have now come to the forefront of management consciousness, backed by personnel titles, budgets, and corporate programs.

2020 is poised to be the year when these buzzwords go mainstream as corporations start seeing…


Autocratic countries, i.e. China, Iran and now Russia, have started a trend of partitioning, firewalling their internet from the WWW. What does this mean for the future?

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T’was the night before Christmas ‘19, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The internet was unplugged quietly with care,
In hopes that Putin would feel more in control there;

On Dec. 24th, 2019, slipped into the news among the anticipation of Christmas, Russia announced it had successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet.

What is an Alternative to the Global Internet?

A country-wide intranet or “sovereign internet” restricts the points at…


As entrepreneurship education grows more popular, we need to separate what it takes to teach students to be true entrepreneurs versus helping them to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in their careers.

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I’ve been teaching entrepreneurship and working startup teams for almost 10 years and, within this time frame, the sheer number of university entrepreneurship courses has increased exponentially. Moreover, increasingly universities are incorporating such entrepreneurship courses into their core curriculum across all majors, equivalent to a general education requirement such as English, History, or General Science. …

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