Nearly all net job creation comes from newly created firms, and therefore, as an organization acting in the name of human welfare, we have a unique responsibility to provide what we can for entrepreneurs.
Jim Hornthal splits his time between venture capital, entrepreneurship and education. Jim has founded six companies, including Preview Travel, one of the first online travel agencies, which went public in 1997 and subsequently merged to create Travelocity.com as an independent company.
Entrepreneurs are the world's economic chefs. They create new businesses, new growth, new value, and new jobs -- they bake more pie. Yes, entrepreneurs are about as American as apple pie, but they often don't get the support they need.
Boomer-aged Americans are three times more likely than Gen Yers to take a flyer and become entrepreneurs. A few years ago I joined their ranks. Based on the depth of my experience, I assumed I could do everything on my own. I was sorely mistaken.
I believe in the Happily Ever After. Eat a cherry, savor it, then ask yourself: "Is this as good as it gets?" If the answer is no, keep going right away. If the answer is yes, then stop right there and figure out how to make it last.
The holiday decorations are all put away, you've survived another big visit from the family, and you're already a little behind on your new year's resolutions. But you can be excited about 2013's prospects for both your startup and the entrepreneurship ecosystem as a whole.
Long hours, short breaks, little social life and immense pressure are all assumed to come with the territory of getting a business off the ground. But getting consumed by your work isn't good for you or your business. Working too hard can be unhealthy, and your work will suffer as a result.
For all the scrutiny LeBron endured for his decision to "take his talents to South Beach," it was actually the right decision. Especially for startups, having the right core team is everything. Join forces with people you like being around and have different strengths than you.
In today's dynamic global business environment, with increased access to knowledge (by way of the Internet), collaborative resources and crowdsourced capital every entrepreneur can effectively plan for small business success.
Will.i.am's ability to spot unmet needs and new opportunities, then act on his observations, has transcended even his activities as a musician. His latest venture: A whole new line of cutting edge mobile technology products in fact.
It has been just over a year since I made the jump and started Enstitute. We've had a hell of a year. We've done a lot of things right. We've done even more things wrong. Most importantly, I've learned a lot this year.
There's almost nothing I like more than meeting entrepreneurs and hearing their fascinating life stories -- so I was thrilled to head to the 2012 Induction Event for the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in Atlanta recently.
When you work at a startup, you test your edges daily. You have to solve problems that no else has. You have to find that one "big idea" and then you have to get people to believe in it with you. You have to work longer and harder than you ever thought you would or could.
Equity crowdfunding (or crowdfund investing) is not operational and not legitimate in the United States yet and for those who are growing comfortable with the concept, there are three essential facts to remember.
I had a comfortable job at Microsoft for 5 years before I left to start my own company. My motivation was simple -- I wanted to do what I wanted, when I wanted. These are some of the hard lessons learned along the way.