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Alignment Quiz for African Leaders: A note From the African World Economic Forum

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 10:03 AM

One takeaway is crystal clear from the recent World Economic Forum in Addis Ababa earlier this month: The trickle of strategic resources flowing to Africa is becoming a river, and will rise to a torrent. Private equity funds are investing in companies and growing them. International supply chains of raw...

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Entrepreneurship: Still Lost in the Davos Dialogue

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 1:19 PM

Cross posted from Harvard Business Review Online, February 2, 2012:

As a Davos novice, it was fascinating for me to observe how entrepreneurship was reflected in the Davos dialogue among the world's movers and shakers. Given that the term "entrepreneurship" has achieved cult status in policy speeches,...

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Entrepreneurs, Be Tough, Be Global -- Export Now

(8) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 3:37 PM

President Obama's historic visit to Puerto Rico next week will partly focus on how to generate economic growth in the small, four million person island that is so close to the mainland US market, yet so far from economic prosperity. The only way for Puerto Rico, and other smaller countries,...

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Dear Minister: Entrepreneurship Policies for Children and Youth

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 1:05 PM

The newly appointed Minister for Children in Ireland asked me two weeks ago, what child and youth policies foster entrepreneurship later in life? Although not statistically valid, of the two dozen cases of entrepreneurs around the world that I have published a large number of them remembered early childhood experiences...

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The New Gold Rush: Mining for Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Cross-posted from The Economist, Dec 21, 2010

New Gold: Mining For Entrepreneurs, by Daniel Isenberg (Executive Director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, and Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global)

While the price of gold skyrockets at $1400 an ounce, far-sighted individuals in Barcelona, Spain, and...

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City Leader: Kick-Start Entrepreneurship in Your City Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 5:19 AM

In the past year I have witnessed a burgeoning of interest on the parts of major cities from Bogota to Cape Town to kick start entrepreneurship. Here are some do's and don'ts for committed leaders, whether you are a private or public sector leader:

-- Be clear that the objective...

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Surprising Lessons About Entrepreneurship from Around the World

(5) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 9:46 AM

Cross-posted from

The United States has lost its entrepreneurship monopoly (which it never really had). The sudden successes of global competitors from emerging economies, as well as my case studies of entrepreneurs from Lebanon to Brazil to China, are exploding the myths of entrepreneurial success and exposing...

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The Myth of the Knowledge Economy

(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 5:58 PM

Cross-posted from The Economist

I want to be the first to advocate the ignorance-based economy. Exhortations by public officials everywhere to build knowledge-based economies have skyrocketed in popularity since the OECD first published its manifesto in 1996, accruing a whopping 40,000 articles on Google scholar alone. Unfortunately, like...

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Should You Be An Entrepreneur? Take This Test

(3) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Review

Some of your friends are doing it. People who do it are in the front pages and web almost every day. Even President Obama is talking about it. So should you do it? Should you join the millions of people every...

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Entrepreneurship in Haiti

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2010 | 5:12 PM

It is difficult for someone speaking from the comforts of Babson College where the lights and heat and air conditioning function perfectly, we have good food, water and shelter, we have convenient transportation and telecommunication, access to doctors and medicine, it is difficult for us to grasp the depths of...

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How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution in Six Months

(9) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 11:30 AM

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Review

In the weeks since the Entrepreneurial Revolution article appeared in Harvard Business Review, government leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, NGO directors, heads of institutes, university professors, and foundations have been asking me to help them instigate a revolution. Here is my advice...

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Dear President Medvedev: Stop Emulating Silicon Valley

(14) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 11:30 AM

So you say you want a revolution? Let a thousand flowers bloom (Chairman Mao)? Reduce Russia's dependence on oil (like King Abdullah and KAUST)? Instead of hobnobbing for the cameras with Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt, you should be talking -- and listening -- to Natalya Kasperskaya (Kaspersky Lab), Arkhady...

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