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The School of Hard Knocks: Can We Teach Entrepreneurship?

Michele Serro | Posted 07.02.2013 | Small Business
Michele Serro

In the same way that we place a scalpel in the hands of first-year medical students, we must ask entrepreneurial students to literally get their hands (and wallets) dirty by taking on real risk, not theoretical risk, by having skin in the game, not just a course mark on the line.

Five Hidden Company Killers

Jack Garson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

Some company killers are obvious. Competition. Obsolescence. Too much debt. They're sexy problems. They make the headlines and you're already aware of them. But there are hidden threats that you don't even know exist.

Do Women Prefer Entrepreneurship Over Board Positions?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Deborah Sweeney

Instead of having to deal with a room full of people that are put off every time you voice your opinion, or face being stuck in a rut because no one wants to risk changing anything, many women are simply forgoing the traditional corporate ascent and striking out on their own.

The End of Conflict? Time Out for TubeTALK

Alexia Parks | Posted 06.30.2013 | Denver
Alexia Parks

Everything is context. Take the bus driver off the bus, the waiter out of the restaurant, your child's teacher out of the classroom, and the question when you both meet on the street might be: "I think I know you..."

Forming a Company: Entrepreneurs, Get a Real Board, Already

Robert Jordan | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Robert Jordan

An active board filled with diverse skillsets can save an entrepreneur from himself.

Defining Your Own Success: Your Life, Your Way

Ivo Lukas | Posted 06.29.2013 | Technology
Ivo Lukas

My question: In today's era of "women on top," is it considered unsuccessful for women to be stay-at-home moms? My answer: most definitely NOT.

One Plus One Equals Everything

Vivek Ranadivé | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
Vivek Ranadivé

Putting a little extra effort in to anything can go a long way. This is something we all know. But what most people don't realize is that sometimes all it takes is just one more to make all the difference.

Zhongguancun in Beijing: China's Silicon Valley

Steve Blank | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

In the few days I was in China I met with several VCs, angel investors, business press and spoke to hundreds of entrepreneurs. I was blown away by what I saw in Beijing. Think of what Rome looked like in the time of the empire -- now it's Beijing announcing that China has arrived.

3 Draft Picks in the Fantasy Entrepreneurs League

John Hrabe | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
John Hrabe

To inspire others, who want to start their business, but can't overcome the internal obstacle. To share tips of what works and what didn't. To support our friends and family that are putting in 12 hour days, every day.

37 Weeks and Six Days

Allyson Downey | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Allyson Downey

The weeSpring community is all about parents helping parents -- and supporting Kangu is an extraordinary way to help a mother in need, and possibly even save her life.

Hackathon + "DEVELOPNEUR" = Best Seed-Stage Investment Opportunities?

Franck Nazikian | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Franck Nazikian

In my mind, as a seed-stage investor, there is one much more straightforward way to source potentially great developneurs able to create seed-stage investment opportunities: joining a Hackathon.

An Easy Way to Resolve Startup Disputes: Lessons From Company Connector

Joseph Bubman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Joseph Bubman

Conflict presents an opportunity to leverage differences to generate creative solutions and improve relationships. This first in a series of posts on startup negotiations shares one approach for overcoming disagreements effectively.

Profit Meets Purpose: Why Social Entrepreneurship Suggests a Possible Future for Global Capitalism

Denielle Sachs | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Denielle Sachs

Social ventures that create new value chains while generating profit in pursuit of social goals are a direct challenge to Milton Friedman's dictum that the social purpose of a business is to generate profit for its shareholders.

When Hell Froze Over -- in the Harvard Business Review

Steve Blank | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

For decades this revered business magazine described management techniques that were developed in and were for large corporations. As much as I loved the magazine, there was little in it for startups searching for a business model.

Is It Time? Considerations for Would-Be Founders

Wendy Torrance | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Wendy Torrance

Making the choice to found without considering professional capabilities and personal circumstances could lead entrepreneurs to found too early, or too late, and find themselves in untenable circumstances (or full of regret about a path not taken).

Managing Collaborators No Matter Where They Sit

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

What's needed is an altered idea of "workspace." The first question to be answered is what it's always been: How does a particular team work best?

Freefalling Ethnographer: BeyondCurious Greeting Rituals

Carrie Yury | Posted 06.16.2013 | Small Business
Carrie Yury

Here are three things that work and two that don't about our morning meeting ritual.

China: The Sleeper Awakens

Steve Blank | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I've lived in Silicon Valley for 35 years, I've taught in entrepreneurial clusters in New York, Boston, Helsinki, Santiago Chile, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Prague, and Tokyo, but the visit to the heart of the Beijing startup world Zhongguancun has truly blown me away.

Why a Liberal Education Creates Great Entrepreneurs

John Dearborn | Posted 06.15.2013 | Small Business
John Dearborn

When faced with a new venture, I'm always asking myself, can I connect to the idea? Does it seem truly breakthrough?

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital

Steve Blank | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I'd share what I learned in China.

China's Torch Program: The Glow That Can Light the World

Steve Blank | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Start-up Owners Manual. In these series of fiv...

The Moment I Knew I Never Wanted to Work for Anyone Ever Again

Jim Kukral | Posted 06.12.2013 | Small Business
Jim Kukral

This is a shorty story about becoming an entrepreneur. Read this if you ever thought about quitting your job and owning your own business.

Top 5 Takeaways From the First Big Kansas City

Jason Grill | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Jason Grill

Four hundred plus individuals came together to hear stories of innovation from nearly 20 leading speakers, and to build lasting relationships within the regional and national community to move entrepreneurship forward.

Ladies, Forget the 9-to-5 Job: Six Tips for Starting Your Own Business Right Out of College

Rebekah Epstein | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Rebekah Epstein

Despite the ups and downs, being an accidental entrepreneur is the best thing that ever happened to me. Now, as graduating college women are faced with that impending sense of doom, these are the tips that I wish someone would have told me.

The JOBS Act One Year Later: Where Equity Crowdfunding Stands

Chris Camillo | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Chris Camillo

April 5 marks the one year anniversary of the JOBS Act. It legalized equity-based crowdfunding in the U.S., which would allow ordinary Americans to invest in newly forming and established small businesses they believe in, while realizing a return on their contribution.