Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve -- life happens.
It has struck me recently that people who ascend to high government positions -- as mayors, governors or even presidents -- could do worse than to learn from arts leaders and other not-for-profit executives about creating loyal families of supporters.
A common misconception I often hear in the start-up world is that nonprofits are easy and safe, since they don't have to pay taxes, and they don't have to make a profit for their shareholders. Exactly the opposite is true.
It's more fun to watch Massa's implosion on nationwide television, but we shouldn't allow this to distract us from what could shape up this year as a contest between Democrats and Republicans over who can denounce earmarks the loudest.
For the second part of my series on start-up capital for social entrepreneurs, I've created a list of investors, incubators, networks and other resources that support start-up social ventures in the U.S.