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The Top Line – treehouses for offices, founders in Forbes and the Snapchat story

Entrepreneurial stories are being told every day across the globe, forging future game-changing businesses and changing our ways of working forever. The best tips and trends can be found online and Future Worlds is constantly scanning the web for amazing inspiration for our network.

This is our new round-up series, The Top Line, and here are five essential reads that we recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs this March:


Whether you love or loathe its latest update, Snapchat has re-shaped the social media landscape. But did you know this business giant’s story all started at an American university? Discover the incredible story of entrepreneur Evan Spiegel in a captivating article from The Sunday Times. Subscription is required for The Sunday Times, however an initial article can be viewed for free.



Could bringing plants into the workplace boost the productivity of your next startup? Going green can supposedly reduce stress and sick days. Amazon and Microsoft are firm believers in this philosophy with treehouses for employees, while Timberland’s headquarters has gardens with orchards. Leaf through the potential benefits for your business in this article from The Guardian.



Head to the BBC and you’ll find an unusual group that now has chapters in over 250 cities across 80 countries around the world. ‘Failure Nights’ are helping entrepreneurs learn from each other’s mistakes, sharing frustrating outcomes in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Maybe it’s time that founders in Southampton start to ‘celebrate catastrophe’?



Last spring, Jaime and Daniel (below) entered the Future Worlds Dragons’ Den competition, pitching their concept for a breakthrough retail technology that can detect the gender, age and clothing style of every person in a crowd. One year on, they’ve appeared on Forbes as they highlight the most innovative uses of computer vision in marketing. Could you be the next University of Southampton entrepreneur to reach this global stage?



Launching a startup is a daunting prospect. Whatever your age and experience, there is bound to be some fear and self-doubt as you consider converting your precious idea into a new business venture. David Rusenko, the baby-faced CEO of web-hosting service Weebly, offers his advice to young entrepreneurs preparing to make a leap of faith in a short read at entrepreneur.com.

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Jon Nurse

Content Manager
Future Worlds

Jon compiles the latest innovations, articles and interviews for futureworlds.com as the platform’s Content Manager. He is also helping researchers in Physical Sciences and Engineering impact society with their work as a Communications and Impact Officer at the University of Southampton. He previously worked as a Senior Reporter for the Trinity Mirror newsgroup.

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