The Growth Weekly - African economies thriving in 2017, tech trends in banking and MIT's new strongest material on earth

Dear growth enthusiasts. Welcome to issue #15 of the Growth Weekly. We are having great fun compiling
The Growth Weekly - African economies thriving in 2017, tech trends in banking and MIT's new strongest material on earth
By The Growth Weekly • Issue #15
Dear growth enthusiasts. Welcome to issue #15 of the Growth Weekly. We are having great fun compiling this newsletter and bringing you the best growth reads we can find on the web, week after week. So here we go again: enjoy!

Growth
The African economies expected to thrive in 2017
With the consequences of Brexit and an increasingly inward-looking United States still unfolding, 2017 is likely to be an economically tumultuous year. Some African countries, however, could see sustainable growth beyond the usual narrative of Africa alternatively “rising” and “reeling.”
Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem
Your organization’s biggest challenge isn’t strategic thinking - it’s strategic acting. A process for getting the right people aligned.
4 Simple Closing Strategies for More Profitable Sales
Closing the sale is one of the most intimidating parts of the sales process—but it’s also the most important. The following 4 strategies are simple ways to close more deals, so you can capture more profit.
Innovation
Innovate or die: Top tech trends in banking
As the advantage that banks have in terms of legacy customers breaks down and new entrants gain legitimacy, banks must innovate or die.
Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days
Last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow consumers hogging spots at a local charging station, Musk took the feedback seriously.
If You Want To Innovate, Don't Wait For a Eureka Moment
Today, it takes more than just a big idea to innovate. Increasingly, collaboration is becoming a key competitive advantage because you need to combine ideas from widely disparate fields. So if you want to innovate, don’t sit around waiting for a great eureka moment–look for what you can combine to create something truly new and powerful.
Cool stuff
VW Taps Its Hippie Heritage With an Electric Microbus - Bloomberg
Volkswagen AG unveiled a battery-powered version of its iconic hippie-era Microbus. The I.D. Buzz can drive as far as 270 miles (430 kilometers) without recharging.
MIT Unveils New Material That's Strongest and Lightest On Earth
Researchers from MIT have created a new material that is actually stronger than graphene – making it 10 times stronger than steel, with only five percent of its density. The research has many applications, according to experts, including ones in the fields of architecture, construction, and even filtration.
Lego Boost teaches kids how to bring blocks to life with code
The first Lego Boost product is what the company is calling a “creative toolbox”, learning kids ages 7 and up the foundations of coding.
All Dutch Trains Now Run on 100% Wind Power
There’s currently a total of 2,200 wind turbines across the country. These windmills generate enough power to sustain the equivalent of 2.4 million homes. The trains alone consume about 1.2 billion kWh of electricity a year, which is roughly the total power consumption of every home in the country’s largest city, Amsterdam.
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