Top 10 TED Talks on business advice for entrepreneurs


Whether you are looking for ways to avoid a meeting, or you’re asking yourself if you should start being sustainable, these must-see TED Talks on various aspects of business will inspire you to be a better and more responsible entrepreneur.


David S. Rose – How to pitch a VC

David S. Rose skyrockets his audience through the best ways to successfully pitch a venture capitalist. If you’re thinking of starting up a business, this eye-opening talk clearly states the 10 things you should know about yourself and your company before presenting them to a VC. And whatever you do, remember that the best asset in that PowerPoint presentation is yourself!


Philip Evans – How data will transform business

In this enlightening TED Talk, Philip Evans boldly states that technology will change the way we think about business strategy. How? Starting with Big Data. Through a quick dive into the theories of two business strategy giants, he explains why he thinks they are most likely to become invalid in the future (if they aren’t already).


Charmian Gooch – My wish: to launch a new era of openness in business

Anonymous companies are making it harder to identify the human beings accountable for terrible crimes – whether it’s smuggling, arms trading or owning clubs in Latin America – because they are protecting corrupt individuals. Charmian Gooch has been advocating for change for many years and in this brilliant talk, she reveals her not-so-utopian wish for improvement.


Paul Tudor Jones II – Why we need to rethink capitalism

Capitalism has been very good to Paul Jones. It afforded him and others like him many opportunities that would not have been available otherwise. And he loves this system so much that he knows its biggest flaw all too well: income inequality. Yet, in this thoughtful talk, he proposes an overhaul of the system that should start from the companies. Justice and humanity come first.


Melinda Gates – What non-profits can learn from Coca-Cola

Using Coca-Cola as an example of how top local entrepreneurial talent, marketing and access to real-time data can be the key to distribution in far-flung countries, Melinda Gates’ engages in an inspiring and charged Talk to evoke NGOs to strive for the level of productivity and efficiency the big corporations achieve. If a product like Coke can be spread so easily, why can’t NGOs apply this to sanitation and condoms?


Rainer Strack – The workforce crisis of 2030 –  and how to start solving it now

Human Resources expert Rainer Strack advocates for entrepreneurs to embrace a “people culture” of appreciation and relationships. One which centres on willing job seekers and employees, both foreign and national, to fill up companies’ impelling need for more employees. Otherwise, by 2030, companies will have more job vacancies than people to fill them.


Jeff Smith – Lessons in business… from prison

Since his release from prison where he spent a year of his life, Jeff Smith advocates for programs and schemes to evoke the entrepreneurial potential of prisoners and to help ex-prisoners contribute to society as active members.


David Grady – How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings

In what is a relaxed and fun talk, David Grady gives a brilliantly simple solution to a worldwide time-wasting problem. Inefficiently-led and overcrowded meetings.


Chris McKnett – The investment logic for sustainability

In this logical and inspiring talk, Chris McKnett assesses the need to hasten the process of moving businesses towards sustainability. Through various examples, he proves his case of how investors and entrepreneurs should look at ESG – environment, social and governance – policies to move the world towards a better future.


Noreena Hertz – How to use experts  – and when not to

Life decisions are made by human beings every day. Yet, we tend to seek advice from a friend, a family member, or an expert if the situation is more troublesome. Economist Noreena Hertz, an expert herself, warns of the perils of ‘switching off’ our brain and asking external consultants to solve our issues. She urges us to find ways to rekindle our trust in our own individual expertise and our ability to comprehend complex situations.