Top 10 Must-See TED Talks for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The modern age has led to many rapid advancements, and business are scrambling to keep pace. What many of these talks seem to suggest is that, at their core, many of our most common practices need to be rethought to stay relevant. Covering topics ranging from billionaires to spaghetti sauce, these videos are sure to change the way you think about business and business building.

Seth Godin: How to Get Your Ideas to Spread
Marketing expert Seth Godin explains why the world of marketing tends to produce stale, mundane or boring advertisements. As he explains, this is exactly why advertisements will often travel down the road of the bizarre, odd, funny or otherwise atypical.

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture
Johanna Blakely makes the interesting comparison of the fashion industry to the copyright wars of music, television and movies. While these industries are busy exhausting resources on protecting unique products, the fashion industry thrives on copycats.

Alex Tabarrok on How Ideas Trump Crises
In this talk, economist Alex Tabarrok expresses his views on why free and globalized trade is capable of transforming the world that we live in. As he goes on to explain, the open exchange of ideas and information has the potential to act as a catalyst of positive growth for the human race.

Dean Kamen on Inventing and Giving
Inventor Dean Kamen, famous for the invention of the Segway, gives a special preview of his ideas for the world in the form of portable energy and clean drinking water. He lays out his bold plans that have the power to bring life and health to parts of the world that may not survive without critical help.

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement
In this short talk, Derek Sivers demonstrates the power of leadership and followers in human culture. By using a wildly popular online video, he explains the dynamics of a movement as it reaches a tipping point.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do What You Love
Gary Vaynerchuk has gained rapid fame for his unique approach to the internet as an extension of a lifestyle. In his talk, he explains why the era we live in gives so much room for innovation, success and happiness in doing what we love.

Richard Branson’s Life at 30,000 Feet
Richard Branson lays out the foundation for billions of dollars that his life’s work have produced for himself and others. With multiple near-death experiences, his own private island and a life story like no other, this talk is sure to inspire anyone interested in the mind of a billionaire.

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce
In this eye-opening talk, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell explains why spaghetti sauce is one of the secrets to understanding choice, freedom and the free market. He explains how a simple idea from a man that the world never knew has left a powerful impact on our culture.

Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz reveals that though freedom of choice should logically increase freedom, his opinion is the opposite: choice serves as a source of confusion and constriction in the structure of modern economies.

Jason Fried: Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work
Jason Fried puts an interesting spin on modern office life, suggesting that an office is actually detrimental to performance. He backs up his claims with evidence and even offers some suggestions for how to improve performance that complements this new understanding.