31 January 2013

Common Entrepreneur Mistakes

Don't Make These Common Entrepreneur Mistakes
One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make in building their business is that they assume that some outside funding source will give them the cash to build their business. Statistically, the chances that an angel or venture capital investor ...


Entrepreneurship Is Critical Pillar of US Global Engagement
The White House (blog)
This week, U.S. government officials, investors, entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and policy makers from more than 50 countries are gathering in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the third annual GlobalEntrepreneurship Summit. President Obama announced the ...

What a 10-Year-Old Can Teach Us About Being an Entrepreneur
Last week, I had the honor of attending The BizWorld Foundation's annual Education “Riskmaster” Luncheon, a fundraising event highlighting the need for business and entrepreneurship education in the classroom. Each year, they award a “Riskmaster” for ...

5 Essential Skills of an Entrepreneur
A team from Target Training International recently carried out an analysis that compared serial entrepreneurs with a control group, probing for which skills were essential to entrepreneurship. After combing through the data, "we were able to predict ...


How this entrepreneur moved from suds to sounds
CBS Moneywatch
Yet with the support of colleagues and friends you'll be amazed what you can do, and innovativeentrepreneurship is some of the most rewarding work out there if you stick with it. So much potential exists today to create things people will love, and it ...

Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on Entrepreneurship, Advocacy
Fora.tv (blog)
Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on Entrepreneurship, Advocacy. Categories: Technology. by Zain Iqbal. Looking for a collection of the world's “best worst” watercolor recreations of classic paintings? Perhaps you'd like to browse photo gallery of the most ...

LPS entrepreneurship expo is Thursday
Lincoln Journal Star
The Entrepreneurship Focus Program of Lincoln Public Schools will conduct its annual Business Plan Expo on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, ...

How to Promote Your Business Events on Facebook
Creating events on Facebook can be an effective, low-cost way to market your business event. But business owners may not get the sales and new leads they're hoping for if they overlook the many small details involved in event creation and promotion.


President Obama's Message to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with Arabic ...
The White House
U.S. government officials, investors, entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and policy makers from more than 50 countries are gathered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the third annual summit, which was created following President Obama's 2009 speech at Cairo ...

The MusicPreneur - Dawn of The Artist/Entrepreneur - hypebot
By Natalie Cheng
With everything that is going on in the music business, the time has come for artists to embrace being an entrepreneur. Thinking as an artist and entrepreneur will help you see opportunities and force you to learn certain skills. On Music Think ...

Accelerators: A Critical Component for Scaling Environmental ...
By 3p Guest Author
Many entrepreneurs and the enterprises they create have the potential to create beneficial social and environmental impacts as well as financial returns. Photo credit: Flickr/Engineering for Change. This post originally appeared on WRI ...
Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

Tulane University dedicates a center of research, entrepreneurship ...
By John Pope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Tulane University on Tuesday dedicated a four-story building that is expected to be not only a center of scientific and engineering research but also an incubator for fledgling companies. The ceremony for the Donna and Paul Flower Hall for ...
New Orleans Metro Real Time News

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30 January 2013

Equity markets are dying

Equity markets are dying - Matthew Lynn's London Eye - MarketWatch: " . . . IPOs raised just $112 billion worldwide during 2012, according to figures compiled by Bloomberg. That was the lowest level since the financial crisis of 2008. In Europe, they fell to just one third of the 2011 total, whilst in Asia they were cut in half. The U.S. just about held its level thanks to the massive Facebook Inc. FB +0.07% floatation, but given the way that turned out, it is likely that 2013 will see as big a slump in IPOs as that seen in Europe in the year that has just finished. . . . Take the U.S., for example. Between 1980 and 2000, an average of 311 companies went public each year, but from 2001 to 2009 that average fell to just 102 per year. The decline was even more marked among small companies. From 1980 to 2000, 165 of those went public each year, on average, but in the following decade that dropped to only 29 a year. If anything, the trend was even more pronounced in the rest of the world. The numbers of new listings has collapsed in London and across most of the main European bourses. . . . The result has been some dramatic falls in the number of listed companies. . . .  The money that used to go into stocks will have to go somewhere else instead. Where? Some will go into corporate bonds: that is one of the ways ordinary investors can get a slice of the wealth generated by companies. Some will go into venture capital and private equity funds. They offer exposure to small, growing businesses. And some will go into commodities. If you can’t buy into the companies, you can at least buy into their raw materials. But less and less will go into equities because stock markets may no longer be an asset worth owning. . . . "

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29 January 2013

Miami Health Care and Technology Accelerator

Project Lift Miami - Miami Health Care and Technology Accelerator:

The Starting Gate: " . . . The accelerator is a partnership between Lift1428, an innovation design, strategy and communications firm, the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park and its developer, Wexford Science + Technology, and the UM Miller School of Medicine, said Robert Chavez, executive director of Project Lift Miami. The for-profit accelerator will offer up to 15 selected entrepreneurial teams a structured 100-day program of training by a large network of local and national experts as well as mentoring, warm introductions and strategic support that will continue well beyond the program, said David McDonald, CEO of Lift1428, co-founder of Project Lift Miami and creator of the programming. The class of startups will get funding and services valued at more than $100K in exchange for 7% equity, he said. Chavez and McDonald said they have already fielded lots of interest from within the state and nationally. The goal is that the companies will want to stay and grow their businesses in Miami, said Chavez, pointing out that South Florida is rich in healthcare resources and almost any idea can be tested and validated here. "When they are ready to run, we don't want them to run away." Applications will be accepted through March 14 at www.lift1428.com/projectlift.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/the-starting-gate/#storylink=cpy

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28 January 2013

Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job

10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job | TechCrunch: "Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur: an ability to fail, an ability to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on those ideas, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure. Or be an entrepreneur at work. An “entre-ployee.” Take control of who you report to, what you do, what you create. Or start a business on the side. Deliver some value, any value, to anybody, to somebody, and watch that value compound into a career."

Google buys $1 billion plot of land for new central London HQ | The Verge: "The move may be motivated by tax incentives, as well. Tax campaigner and accountant Richard Murphy told Reuters that it makes sense for Google to invest its overseas cash holdings in property, since sending it back to the US would subject it to American taxes. "If you're not going to send it back to the parent company to repurchase its shares, which is the normal route for a U.S. corporation sitting on a pile of cash, what else are you going to do with it?" Murphy explained."

California Budget Hurt by Facebook's Stock-Price Slump - WSJ.com: "Restrictions on sales by Facebook insiders began to lapse in October 2012. At the time, Facebook shares traded at $23.21, compared with the state's earlier estimate of $35, according to H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Finance Department. As a result, he said, the state now expects $581 million in taxes from vesting of restricted stock, compared with an earlier estimate of $891 million.

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27 January 2013

MIT and Entrepreneurship

MIT Facts 2013: Entrepreneurship: " . . . MIT’s preeminence in entrepreneurship is rooted in its founding. The Institute was one of the first land-grant colleges, and was designed to deliver a practical education instead of the focus on the classics at many private universities that were founded to train clergy. Its emphasis on mens et manus, “mind and hand,” is infused into the entrepreneurship curriculum and programming, which emphasizes learning by doing. In the 2011–2012 academic year, 42 entrepreneurship classes saw 2,753 course enrollments, including six Independent Activities Period short courses. A new summer program, the MIT Founders’ Skills Accelerator, received 129 applications for 10 student-team slots in summer 2012, showing that entrepreneurship is a year-round endeavor at MIT. A 2009 study based on data from 2001 and 2003 suggested that 25,800 companies founded by MIT alumni were active as of 2006, employing 3.3 million people and producing annual revenues of $2 trillion, equivalent to the 11th-largest economy in the world. Hundreds of new companies are started each year, and 41 percent of MIT founders are serial entrepreneurs, having started multiple companies. Founders are getting younger as well. The average new entrepreneur who graduated in the 1990s starts a company at age 28, whereas founders who graduated in the 1950s started their first companies on average at age 40.5. Around 30 percent of international students at MIT go on to found companies, half of them located in the United States. By contrast, around 20 percent of MIT’s US students have founded companies. . . ."

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26 January 2013

Google's ultrafast Internet draws start-ups to Kansas City

Google's ultrafast Internet draws start-ups to K.C.: "The advantage here for start-ups is simple: A fast Internet pipe makes it easier to handle large files and eliminates buffering problems that plague online video, live conferencing or other network-intensive tasks. Though the Kansas City location presents challenges for start-ups, including the ability to raise money outside the traditional Silicon Valley venture capital scene, entrepreneurs like Synthia Payne believe it's the place to be right now for up-and-coming tech companies. Payne is one of those entrepreneurs hoping to launch her start-up dream — an Internet subscription service for musicians who want to collaborate online — on the cheap. She shares the State Line Road house, known as the "Home for Hackers," with other start-ups under a deal that allows them to live rent-free while they develop their business plans"

Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan: Boosting entrepreneurship and employment opportunities | New Europe: "European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani presented today an action plan to support European entrepreneurs with a view to promote small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and consequently, boost employment opportunities. The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan underlines the role of education and training in entrepreneurship and aims to facilitate Europeans start their own businesses in the current economic situation that has limited business prospects."

The Psychology of Innovation | Magazine: " . . . I was already studying “cognitive bias,” the idea that people overestimate their knowledge and abilities and spend time and money developing products that never see the light of day. But I was intrigued to discover that many inventors didn’t have cognitive bias as the literature described. Rather, they had affective bias: They were emotionally attached to their innovations. They would spend money, get divorced, run up credit-card debt—all to develop their ideas because they were passionate about them. . . ."

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25 January 2013

MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Entrepreneurship

MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Entrepreneurship
As part of the 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek asked MBAs from the Class of 2012 to tell us, via an online survey, about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey ...

The Making of an Entrepreneur
Decoding the DNA of the entrepreneur, argues that entrepreneurial leaders are made, not born. According to the report, “There is no single entrepreneurship gene. But there are traits and experiences that make it more likely that an individual will ...


2013 Predictions in Entrepreneurship
Huffington Post
In the next 12 months, a significant number of universities will begin to shift away from traditionalentrepreneurship education focused on teaching students how to create business plans to programs designed to create and validate business models ...

Texas Entrepreneur Networks: Startups and young companies see less private ...
Dallas Morning News (blog)
The Austin-based Texas Entrepreneur Networks' report found that private investors pumped $297.6 million into 109 companies during the three months ending Dec. 31. That's down from $463 million invested in 96 startups and young companies during the ...

US Immigration Policy Is Killing Entrepreneurship. Here's What to Do About It
Huffington Post
The United Kingdom has designed a new entrepreneur's visa for just such a purpose. Second, we need to appreciate the talent of these entrepreneurs rather than making them feel like aliens. We have heard more than one outstanding foreign-born student ...

The MIT School of Entrepreneurship
entrepreneurship The following is the first of a two part interview. The first part sees me talking with Jonathan Lehrich, the MIT EMBA Program Director, about the start-ups that have emerged from their class and how they support students in starting ...


How Much Did That New Customer Cost You?
In his book, The Fusion Marketing Bible, author Lon Safko focuses on ways to analyze your marketing efforts and leverage synergies across platforms to produce the best results. In this edited excerpt, Safko lays out the crucial steps to determining ...


10 Essential Steps for Getting Started With QuickBooks Accounting Tools
Now that you're probably organizing your finances for filing your 2012 business taxes, you might want to consider -- or reconsider -- the tools that make up your company's accounting infrastructure. Small businesses want an accounting solution that's ...


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24 January 2013

VCs 2012 - Total Dollars And Deal Volume Both Down

VCs Invested $26.5B In 3,698 Companies In 2012, Total Dollars And Deal Volume Both Down | TechCrunch: ". . . . “As some expected, 2012 investment levels are less than what we saw in 2011. And, we’ve seen nearly a third fewer dollars going into even less Seed Stage companies during that same time. As the number of new funds being raised continues to shrink, venture capitalists are being more discriminating with where they’re willing to place new bets. At the same time, they’re holding on to reserves to continue to support the companies already in their portfolio. Both of these factors are taking a toll on the amount of capital available for young start-ups, which is reflected in the 38 percent drop in the number of Seed Stage companies receiving VC dollars in 2012.”. . . “As some expected, 2012 investment levels are less than what we saw in 2011. And, we’ve seen nearly a third fewer dollars going into even less Seed Stage companies during that same time. As the number of new funds being raised continues to shrink, venture capitalists are being more discriminating with where they’re willing to place new bets. At the same time, they’re holding on to reserves to continue to support the companies already in their portfolio. Both of these factors are taking a toll on the amount of capital available for young start-ups, which is reflected in the 38 percent drop in the number of Seed Stage companies receiving VC dollars in 2012.”. . . ."

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23 January 2013

Entrepreneurship Synonymous with Loneliness

Entrepreneurship is Synonymous with Loneliness
By Under30CEO
I say entrepreneurship is a blessing and a curse. I would not change it for anything, but I would also not wish it upon anyone. I am an entrepreneur, and I couldn't be more proud. I say “Go to the Great Wall of China. This is what you will believe: ...

EU plan to boost entrepreneurship & job creation
Proposals to help new entrepreneurs – young people, women, seniors, migrant workers and unemployed people – set up their own businesses.

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22 January 2013

Top mobile apps for entrepreneurs on the go

13 top mobile apps for entrepreneurs on the go - The Next Web: " . . . No entrepreneur is without a smartphone or tablet anymore, it seems. In fact, it’s hard to remember what, exactly, we did before we had the ability to stay on top of everything from operations to pitch deck edits on the fly (or in the middle of a family vacation — hey, it happens!). But with the proliferation of “apps” — particularly those targeting business owners and their employees — it’s hard to know which ones are worth the download. I asked a panel of 13 successful young entrepreneurs the following question: What was the most useful mobile app for your business in 2012 and why? Here’s a shortlist of the mobile apps they relied on to keep their startups running smoothly: . . . 
1. Evernote/Penultimate 
2. Asana
3. TripIt

4. Highrise
5. SignEasy
6. Basecamp
7. Captio
8. FreshBooks
9. Dropbox
10. Pocket
11. CardMunch
12. Exec
13. Yammer

. . . .

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21 January 2013

MIT Brain Scans Show Entrepreneurs Think Different

Entrepreneurs think different--

MIT Brain Scans Show That Entrepreneurs Really Do Think Different | Fast Company: "The entrepreneurs in the study, perhaps surprisingly, weren't any more likely to engage in exploration. But when they did, they were more likely to activate both the right and left sides of their frontal cortex. Managers mainly stuck to the left side, which is associated with logic and structured thinking. The right side, on the other hand, is associated with creativity and emotion. Successful decision-making isn't necessarily about doing more exploration than exploitation. It's in the timing--knowing when to shift between the two forms of thinking. A question for further research is whether entrepreneurs' brains function this way because of the kind of decisions they're used to making, or whether people with these more coherent brains are more likely to end up as entrepreneurs. “It’s a nature versus nurture question," said Professor Maurizio Zollo, the lead author of the study."

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18 January 2013

Entrepreneurship - Definition

Entrepreneurship: A Working Definition - Thomas R. Eisenmann - HBS Faculty - Harvard Business Review: "What is entrepreneurship? You probably think that the answer is obvious, and that only an academic would bother to ask this question. As a professor, I suppose I am guilty of mincing words. But like the terms "strategy" and "business model," the word "entrepreneurship" is elastic. For some, it refers to venture capital-backed startups and their kin; for others, to any small business. For some, "corporate entrepreneurship" is a rallying cry; for others, an oxymoron. The history of the word "entrepreneurship" is fascinating and scholars have indeed parsed its meaning. I'll spare you the results, and focus instead on the definition we use at Harvard Business School. It was formulated by Professor Howard Stevenson, the godfather of entrepreneurship studies at HBS. According to Stevenson, entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled."

Take It From A Successful Entrepreneur: No One Will Steal Your Big Idea | Cognoscenti: "Stealth mode in startups and secrecy in business are usually positioned as strategies of necessary isolation, but these actions are more often entrepreneurs’ responses to fear. Entrepreneurs enter stealth mode because they have an idea or technology that is, in their opinion, too young for public exposure. It’s a business strategy of secrecy and seclusion meant to avoid alerting competitors to pending products or ideas. These stealth entrepreneurs have one major fear: that their idea is so incredibly brilliant that anyone who catches wind of their game-changing innovations will surely try to run away with them. Exposure will not kill an idea. Fear, however, is the little death that shuts down innovation and smothers creativity. Many entrepreneurs quell this fear by quietly retreating into their shells, but they are making a big mistake. Strategic isolation might work when a startup has all the resources it needs to succeed, but this is almost never the case for early-stage entrepreneurs, and it is never the case for first time entrepreneurs."

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16 January 2013

US Immigration Policy Is Killing Entrepreneurship

Why is dysfunctional Washington depriving the US of job creators?

U.S. Immigration Policy Is Killing Entrepreneurship. Here's What to Do About It - Forbes: "When we teach our introductory entrepreneurship class at MIT, we take it for granted that each of our 75 students will be able to start an American company upon graduating. But many of them lack one thing they need to be able to do so—permission from the United States government to continue working in our country. In this academic year, three in 10 MIT students, including four in 10 graduate students, are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. So for them our entrepreneurship class is likely to remain just an academic exercise. Their student visas expire when they graduate, leaving them with two options, to leave the country or find an existing company to sponsor them for a chance at an H-1B visa."

This issue has been around now for years! WTF!

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14 January 2013

Author, publisher, entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki

Author, publisher, entrepreneur: Guy Kawasaki on apes, authors, and what it ...
He's built and sold three companies, invested in dozens more as a venture capitalist, still runs a few startups fairly actively, and worked for Apple in the early breakout years of its 1984-style fight against Big Brother (aka IBM). But he's also a ...


Billionaire Phillip Frost an 'entrepreneur's entrepreneur'
MiamiHerald.com (registration)
Healthcare. Billionaire Phillip Frost an 'entrepreneur's entrepreneur'. By John Dorschner The Miami Herald ... “He's an entrepreneur's entrepreneur,” says Braman. “We have a lot in common, coming from very poor families. But he went to Central High (a ...

Restaurant entrepreneur Cameron Mitchell plans more concepts
Columbus Dispatch
It happens every year at this time: People make resolutions to get fit or lose weight, then sign up for a gym membership. But inevitably, a few weeks or months later, people want to quit or have situations arise that they didn't anticipate. The Ohio ...

The one thing it takes to be an entrepreneur
Christian Science Monitor (blog)
First – the rewards of entrepreneurship evolve in ways that are almost impossible to expect. I used to think that I wouldn't be happy running a widget factory, and was thankful that I stumbled into the education business. While my pride in helping kids ...

Christian Science Monitor (blog)

Jobless entrepreneurship increasing in Eastern Iowa
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)
Experts and independent studies have reported that the entrepreneurial path Krakauer chose by creating a small-scale startup is a growing trend. A Kauffman Foundation report, “JoblessEntrepreneurship,” for example, indicated the number of businesses ...

Jordan vs. Kenya: What Sets the Two Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Apart
Last week, I spoke another Kenya-born entrepreneur working in Jordan, Heath Arensen. Heath runs Tanasuk Technologies, a successful full-service software development that has been operating out of Jordan for four years now, and recently opened an ...


For quadriplegic, entrepreneurship gives life purpose
Arizona Republic
To find customers, she passes out cards of her own. "Order from Janie LaBran, The Boss/Designer" they read. Sometimes she goes to shopping centers to hand out these cards -- Metrocenter mall was her favorite until managers there asked her to stop, she ...

Giving Pakistani Women Wings through Entrepreneurship | SOCAP
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Giving Pakistani Women Wings through Entrepreneurship. Posted by ... A female entrepreneurcommands respect by their husbands and the tribal leaders, and finds the voice and strength to fight back against oppressive customs. With new ...

Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2013, Miranda House, Delhi ...
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11 January 2013

When the Business Fails

Entrepreneurs look failure in the face, and move on . . .

When My Business Failed - Dan Pallotta - Harvard Business Review: " . . . When someone close to you dies, sympathy reigns. People send flowers. The loss of the business couldn't have been more different. On the day we were closing our doors, employees were coming up to me asking if they could start their own event businesses, ripping away what they could from the carcass of the company before the body was cold. Liquidators were selling desks and bookcases I had remembered purchasing personally in the early days of the business — in some cases selling them to former trusted employees who were buying them for their new event businesses. Others were going to work for the competition. Meanwhile, creditors were knocking on my door at all hours of the day and night. I had lost my source of income. I was on the hook for millions in personal guarantees I had signed in order to fuel our expansion. I was at risk of losing my home. And I was dealing with a press that had, as the press usually does, gotten the entire story wrong. And no one was sending flowers. Or calling. No, death is much easier. Ten years later, I have recovered. I managed to keep my home by working with our bank to sell some of the assets of the company and by agreeing to help them get recovery via the lawsuit against Avon, which they did. I have three beautiful children . . . I learned who my real friends were and are, and developed a much more realistic and mature definition of friendship. I have a less sophomoric approach to trust. Don't offer it freely, unless you're prepared for the consequences. I've learned that people will take what they want, regardless of their word, if the temptation becomes great enough. And they will concoct all manner of rationalization to justify it. I've learned that the adage about innovation is true — that at first, people say your idea is absurd, then they say it was obvious all along, and then they say it was their idea to begin with. I've learned never, ever to sign a personal guarantee, unless you can afford to lose the entire amount. There is no particular lesson here beyond these. I haven't lost my daring or my enthusiasm for life or business. But it would be inauthentic to say that the loss doesn't hurt deeply, even ten years later. . . ."

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09 January 2013

So do you want to be an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs and Risk--

Are You A Pirate? | TechCrunch: " . . . Some of the richest people I know aren’t really entrepreneurs. They worked at HP and then moved to Netscape when it got hot. They made a fortune and then jumped to Google and made another fortune. And now they’re jumping to Facebook. They may be very good engineers, or sales people, or marketing, or execs. But they ain’t entrepreneurs. They’re just resume gardening and they’re really no different from everyone else. . . If you haven’t started a company, really gambled your resume and your money and maybe even your marriage to just go crazy and try something on your own, you’re no pirate and you aren’t in the club. That thrill of your first hire, when you’ve convinced some other crazy soul to join you in your almost certainly doomed project. The high from raising venture capital and starting to see your name mentioned in the press. The excitement of launch and…gulp…customers! and the feeling of truly learning something useful, you’re just not sure what it is, when the company almost inevitably crashes and burns. Now that person is interesting. That person has stories to tell. That person is a man who has been in the arena. There are lots of things that I will probably never experience in this life. Military combat. Being dictator of a small central American country. . . .walking on Mars. But one thing I have been, and will always be, is an entrepreneur. And damnit that feels pretty good. Because if I was a lawyer right now, even a rich lawyer, I’d always have wondered if I had what it takes to do something a little more adventurous with my life than work for someone else."

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07 January 2013

Bigger isn't Better for Logo Design

Why Bigger Isn't Better for Logo Design | Entrepreneur.com: ". . . "If you can design a 16-pixel mark that is interesting or memorable, you are on to something," he says. "To make [a logo] shine or stand out when dealing with that few pixels can be as daunting as a great masterpiece." The final challenge in designing logos for mobile apps is in making them adaptive. For Micheline Crawford, owner and principal designer at Crawford Design in Reno, Nev., this means making sure icons are scalable and ready to work in standard or landscape orientation. "It's a real balancing act," she says. "Desktops, tablets and mobile devices have different screen sizes, and the interface should be designed specifically to serve that device." She adds that logos must be optimized so as not to impact performance of the app overall. It all comes down to perspective. While many graphic designers and in-house marketing professionals consider logo design an art, most liken creating logos for mobile apps to a science. "

What makes Ratan Tata a legendary entrepreneur
Ahead of Ratan Tata's last day as Chairman of the Tata Group, we speak to Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairman and managing director of Biocon, Patrick Foulis, Editor of India business and finance at The Economist and Firdose Vandrevala, chairman and ...

3 Essential Things to Teach Employees About Tech Security
Take a moment to survey your office and the people sitting behind computers. Or, if you have a remote workforce, picture your employees in their home offices or on the road, all within arm's reach of a laptop or mobile device. These individuals ...


Energy conservation: An entrepreneur's guide to light[er] bills
The Express Tribune
Energy conservation: An entrepreneur's guide to light[er] bills. Upset by the energy crisis in Pakistan, MIT graduate Nida R. Farid has returned home to contribute. By Sameer Mandhro. Published: December 28, 2012. Upset by the energy crisis in Pakistan ...

The Express Tribune

Narinder Kapany Funds Entrepreneurship Chair at UCSC
India West
“We in engineering are grateful to Dr. Kapany and his family for their generous support ofentrepreneurship instruction, in which Dr. Kapany himself was an early pioneer,” said Art Ramirez, dean of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. Kapany was a ...

Venture Highway sets sail for Caribbean
Business First
Venture Highway courses will be offered in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago thanks to a new deal. Carrie Ghose: Staff reporter- Business First: Email | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn. A Columbus startup that refined its online courses for new ...

Entrepreneurship, technology, prosperity
Globe and Mail
The global recession, coupled with massive public and private debt, has created a period of economic uncertainty not seen in more than a generation. The bailouts, shell games and rhetoric can't solve the fundamental math problem: We need economic ...

Globe and Mail

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04 January 2013

Product vs Feature -- Instagram and its Imitators

The Commodity Technology Powering Instagram's Imitators Won't Save Them | MIT Technology Review: " . . . Instagram is a product, not a feature. This product/feature distinction is famous in Silicon Valley, because you don’t want to end up on the wrong side of it. Steve Jobs famously dismissed Dropbox as a feature rather than a product–that is, an innovation whose value he could commodify with identical (or close-enough) technology and integrate into his existing products. Jobs may have been wrong about Dropbox. And Twitter and Flickr are making the same mistake in thinking that a commodity tech solution like Aviary can clone all of Instagram’s value. . . ."

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02 January 2013

No Sales, No Company

Mark Cuban: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Starting a Business | Entrepreneur.com: ". . . every entrepreneur needs to know that it's not so much about having a killer idea as it is about being completely prepared to take a product or service to market. "Everyone has ideas, most don't do the work required to get the job done," he wrote. Another thing aspiring business owners need to keep in mind: Sales are the most important aspect of a small business, Cuban wrote. "No sales, no company." . . ."

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch: " . . . . persistence is not the self-help cliche “Keep going until you hit the finish line!”. The key slogan is, “Keep failing until you accidentally no longer fail.” That’s persistence." - James Altucher

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