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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; 1 edition (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091947561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091947569
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There's no waste, no flowery prose - only an intelligent flow of insights, advice, stories and illumination ... I defy you to read it without a highlighter pen in your hand."--Contagious magazine

"A blueprint for winning"--Forbes

"A refreshing and thought-provoking title written by two leading digital innovators"--Irish Times

"When it comes to innovation, Ajaz Ahmed, founder of agency AKQA, and Stefan Olander, vice-president of digital sport at Nike, wrote the book."--FT magazine

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A highly perceptive manifesto for entrepreneurs, leaders and managers from the Vice President of Digital Sport at Nike and the founder of legendary innovation agency AKQA. With an exclusive introduction by Sir Richard Branson.

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....and not much else.

Granted they pose their seven new laws for a world gone digital, which are interesting. Here they are:

1. A smith & Wesson beats four aces
Evolve immediately, entitlement kills

2. Its easier done than said.
Get going, then get better.

3 The best advertising isn't advertising
Make meaningful connections.
(Instead of interrupting people, try and serve them and make them feel something)

4. Convenient is the enemy of right
Never have anything to apologise for. Obsess over important details, and edit ferociously.

5. Respect human nature.
Make yourself proud by making peoples lives easier, richer and more fun. Don't just give people choice, help them choose.

6. No good joke survives a committee of six
Have the balls to make the calls

7. Have a purpose larger than yourself
Do the right thing: always play from the heart. Let your imagination and curiosity power progress.

There you go, you no longer need buy the book, because the other 246pp are mostly anecdote and "I told you so's".

Such a disappointment. These two guys must be on the top of their game, you don't own one of the worlds most successful digital agencies and a VP at Nike without understanding business, but they don;t really share any of it with us here.

You could argue this is more of an inspirational tome, perhaps i'll give it that, but 21 people so far on Amazon give it 5 stars. They must all be employees at Nike or AKQA. Or perhaps haven't read any Gladwell?

Sorry this book did nothing for me except frustrate at its lack of REAL content. I bought it to learn, instead I felt like I was simply sat next to them in a bar listening to them congratulate each other.
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I bought this book because one of my friends said it was defining what the world would be like in the future of marketing and that I didn't know anything about digital...
Well I can tell you that both statements are false!
This book is shockingly full of platitudes and its very format (a dialogue) even contradicts one of their "laws": Convenient is the enemy of right. It's like, they've wondered how they could make money quickly out of their celebrity while asserting their status in front of gullible readers so they've recorded themselves talking at lunch and the result is repetition of 2 or 3 core (and ho so obvious) ideas throughout 250 pages that should have been only the draft of their book but they didn't bother making something better out of it. Well the lack of content would have been a problem anyway...
Additionally, the whole book feels like a huge ad for them and their friends: they spend their time congratulating themselves and gloating on how good they are while stating common sense statements (well at least common sense for those who know how to treat a customer right...) about what makes success.
It looks like a marketing brochure on AKQA and their customers... and a bad one at that.
My only reaction was that I don't want to buy any Nike shoes again in my life!!!
I've lost 3h of my life and £12 (I bought it before it was at 7...).
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I had the pleasure of working with a very young Ajaz Ahmed in the early 1990s. The laser-like intelligence of that young man, combined with his very different way of looking at the world resulted in him questioning most of the approaches we took in serving our clients in business at the time. It drove me mad but it made me laugh and it made me examine received wisdom. Ajaz was a revelation then and his approach to business continues to be a revelation today. And I wish I had a client like Stefan, with whom I could conduct such a conversation as is recorded in Velocity! Stefan and Ajaz have partnered to create a fast-paced but thoughtful framework for harnessing change in this book.

As someone who also works in the digital communications agency world, I am inclined to be rather cynical about books on the subject. I've read a lot - and none has inspired me as much as this. The conversation between the two thinkers makes the prose incredibly easily digestible. The 'laws' are relevant and memorable. The analogies paint video-like references.

But for me, perhaps most poignant and revealing of all, there were a lot of 'hallelujah' moments. The morals within the new laws made me realise that no matter how long in the tooth you are - you are never too old to strive for what you believe in.

Velocity reinforces that change is the only certainty in life. It presents somewhat of a manifesto for how you can approach the considerable opportunities presented by the digital business landscape. The economic landscape is largely immaterial. If you want to feel inspired to embrace the future, read it.
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Whilst this book had a few interesting ideas, overall I was very disappointed. Rather than being a logically argued book it seemed mostly to be advertising for Nike's marketing and sales approaches. It frequently makes claims for the "velocity" approach, which it turns out are are set of slogans with little meaning or intellectual support.
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