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Velocity: The Seven New Laws for a World Gone Digital [Kindle Edition]

Ajaz Ahmed , Stefan Olander
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How can you win when the only certainty is change? Highly accessible, lively and inspiring, Velocity draws upon the authors’ unique perspectives and experiences to present seven timeless new laws for businesses and individuals in a world that is dominated by rapid change and digital technology.

Written as a fascinating and enjoyable conversation between the authors – Stefan Olander, Vice President of Digital Sport from Nike and Ajaz Ahmed founder and Chairman AKQA – Velocity's up-to-date examples illustrate key lessons, together with insights, ideas and inspiration that individuals and businesses should adopt to thrive in the digital age.

Velocity shares the vision and values required to succeed with the untold backstories to influential and iconic innovation. Fast paced, useful, provocative and highly motivating, Velocity is a management book that will arm you with actionable ideas to define your future.


- 4 Velocity principles: Speed, Direction, Acceleration, Discipline.

- 7 Laws, including 'A Smith & Wesson beats four aces', 'It’s easier done than said', 'Convenient is the enemy of right' and 'No good joke survives a committee of six'.

Editorial Reviews


 "Compelling...apply its laws to your business to swing it back from slavish adherence to process and towards creative innovation and intuition."  —The Agency Review 

"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

About the Author

Ajaz Ahmed is the founder and chairman of AKQA, the world's largest independent innovation agency. AKQA has a legendary reputation for innovation and has won more "Agency of the Year" awards and recognition for its creativity than any other comparable company in history. Clients include Nike, Volkswagen, Virgin, Audi, Xbox, and Heineken. Stefan Olander is the vice-president of digital sport at Nike and one of the world's leading digital innovators. Stefan has led many of Nike's most cutting-edge initiatives, including the revolutionary Nike+ experience developed in partnership with Apple. Nike employs more than 30,000 people across the globe and is one of the world's most valuable brands. He lives in Portland. Sir Richard Branson is best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; 1 edition (May 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QSNMS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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If you are smartly playing in digital creation, you see many decks and presentations about "what is happening." They always include wonderfully articulated quotes from successful, wise people. And you wonder, "Where did they get that quote?" Well, Velocity quotes are going to be all over decks for the next several months, FYI.

The format is written literally as a conversation between the two authors, Ajaz Ahmed & Stefan Olander. You are most likely grabbing this book because of the titles these people have: Chairman and Co-Founder of AKQA and Vice President, Digital Sport, Nike Inc. Boom. Instant credibility. There is absolutely no need for them to establish their credibility, the web drips with accolades on their digital smarts, creative performance and successes.

The bullet hole cover is fitting, as the book reads like bursts of shots. A smart idea. A great quotable line to sum it up. An anecdote. A quote from another source. Another smart idea, and so on. Each "chapter" closes with a summary, but ironically the book closes with none - it just ends. Well, there is a url and I guess that is the point, conversations keep going online.

As someone who teaches university students in this arena, I found this book has already proven to be quite valuable. As mentioned, the quotes have found their way into my lectures. But more importantly, I have an arsenal of anecdotes from Nike and other cool brands for student questions. The students definitely connect with the stories and the credibility of the authors. It allows me to reinforce my own ideas. The thinking is mostly agreeable, as you'd expect with two people with such a proven track records.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you love "inspirational" soundbytes.... December 24, 2012
...then read this book.

What you shouldn't expect is any through line, anecdotal or scientific evidence of the claims the two authors make, or useful advice for practical application of these "Laws".

I bought it because in the first few pages there is a wonderful description of how MP3 file sharing changed the landscape forever and how the record companies were slow to react and ultimately led themselves into the difficulties they're currently facing by refusing to accept what consumers wanted.

A book full of these sort of real world examples would have illustrated what they're trying to express better than simply attaching labels to conclusions they've made without us having the hindsight and wealth of experience that they do.

It reads like a mutual backslapping contest between two successful executives who to be fair just aren't writers. (Didn't this book have an editor??)

It's full of jargon that is completely out of context:

For example from the book:

"How can people see approaching danger or opportunity so they're not blindsided?"

(Great question! I'm waiting for a wonderful bit of advice, aren't you??)

"One way is to keep a wide lens - much wider than might seem necessary. Notice movement in your peripheral vision. Pick up on the weak signals. Overhear conversations. You are what you read. You are what you do. You are what you experience"


I'd like to provide a helpful definition from the British Dictionary:

non sequitur |nɒn ˈsɛkwɪtə|
a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.

In my opinion this book was a quick and easy way for the publisher Vermilion to pump out a book without much behind it in the way of real or practical knowledge as a conversation between two successful executives and sell a few copies to boot.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read; unusual style May 12, 2013
By Leitir
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This book attempts to set out 7 laws of velocity that the authors feel describe the new ways we should work today. Grounded very much in the commercial world, there is much to reflect on in what they say. Some, if not much, may strike the reader as common sense, but it is often expressed in an easy going conversational style which perhaps facilitates its reception. Each chapter is presented as a conversation between the authors - this was refreshing in the beginning but for me, the novelty wore off towards the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers April 22, 2013
By Tomiee
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Why did you choose this rating? Because this was the most entertaining book I've ever read. I hope not just the hollywood mood
What did you like or dislike? I like it because it's inspiring, full of good stories and you can use it in your daily work.
Whom would you recommend this book to? To all young creatives and entrepreneurs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful, fresh, easy read July 4, 2012
By ChrsHys
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Based on the business pedigree of the authors, I, like many other readers must have, had high expectations of this book. And it didn't disappoint.

The majority of the points made and positions taken are stated so plainly, it feels as though they should already be conventionally held wisdom. But this really isn't the case. The book is rooted in the notions customer empathy, boundary pushing and learning how to learn. These beliefs are applicable well beyond "a world gone digital" and are laws for any type of business, marketing driven or not, online or offline, in our current cultural climate.

The conversational style and mostly jargon free insights make this a remarkably refreshing and smart read.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely LOVE this book! One of my all time faves, so motivating!
Published 3 months ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the role and impact of technology
This is an extraordinary book that will help you understand how to use technology at it best and how to create innovative digital products.
Published 7 months ago by Bianca Manescu
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Loved it. Inspired me to not be afraid of making the right and tough decisions. Smart and well put together.
Published 14 months ago by Mieltime
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking yes, ground-breaking no.
Fun book, quick read, well written.

Like any book on digital marketing it is filled with vague outlines of marketing concepts that have worked in a specific area of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by @Patrick_Sutton_
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
excellent content and great style of writing. The examples by Ajaz & Stefan are easy to understand and the thought process comes out clearly making it an engaging read,
Published 18 months ago by Ahmed
4.0 out of 5 stars A good casual read. Doesn't get too complicated.
While the book might seem very self serving, the authors are merely trying to talk about their own experiences and their own observations. I see nothing wrong with that. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Prat119
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on advertising version 2.0 I've ever read.
Inspiring, practical and well-written with a killer case that no advertising professional can or should ignore.

Well done guys!

Christian, Denmark
Published 19 months ago by Christian P. Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended by a friend and now i can recommended too
someone mention this book while on a plane ride, and i am happy i got it. actually i got two, one as a gift
Published 22 months ago by Sandra Mendiburu Solis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I love the conversational style of writing. Plenty of real world examples that help cement the principles that have the potential to propel your ideas
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A treat to read !
Truly insightful. Loved the chatty format that made it a great read too. A must read for all in the business of value creation, of any kind !
Published 22 months ago by Nirmaldayani
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