Modern Times 2.0

Changemaking through the 21st century I’ve been writing about the role of entrepreneurship in the creation of value and prosperity for many years. This is a natural deduction for me, having spent about half my career working as an economist and the other half starting and running businesses. In fact, looking back in history, there... Continue Reading →

A country is hit by the entrepreneurial bug and start-up culture

Guest post by Susana Garcia-Robles (@RoblesSusanaro) September 9th:  Arriving at my destination to speak at a Venture Capital conference sponsored by a local government agency. September 10th and 12th: Attending the inauguration of the country’s Start-Up program and meeting the women behind that initiative and Startup Weekend. Listening to the manager of a prestigious private... Continue Reading →

How international development organizations can help scale BOP businesses

Most discussions regarding the scaling of base of the pyramid (BOP) models focus on financing the BOP companies themselves. While this is obviously very important and the way to go in the majority of cases, there are other ways development finance institutions (DFIs) could help BOP ventures scale. My first company, PV Inova, was a... Continue Reading →

The Benjamin Button Startup

Guest post by Suhail Kassim A new startup is like a baby A startup needs to be cradled and nourished. Even so, there is no certainty that the baby will grow up to be a lean mean fighting machine. In this post, I begin to investigate the phenomenon of some exciting startups which then refuse... Continue Reading →

5 Bad Excuses Not To Start a Business

Lame reasons to give up before you even start I often hear people claim to have good ideas for a business, but say they can’t pursue them for one reason or another. Some of course are valid, but others are misconceptions that deserve to be revisited. Here are the top five from my experience. 1.... Continue Reading →

7 Reasons to Join a Business Incubator

Business incubators are great for startups The definition of business incubator (or startup incubator), according to Entrepreneur’s Encyclopedia, is an “organization designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies, through an array of business support resources and services that could include physical space, capital, coaching, common services, and networking connections”. They are often sponsored by... Continue Reading →

Copycat Businesses Can Be Great

Innovation is relative, originality overrated Innovation is one of the sexiest words in the business vocabulary. However, originality can be overrated, especially when it comes to the opportunity of bringing a proven business concept to a new market. The world is full of examples of copycat business models that were successfully replicated in new countries.... Continue Reading →

Not All Angel Investors Are From Heaven

On Angel Investors As entrepreneurs, in the initial stages of the startup, we often think that the answers to our problems will come in the form of an angel investor. By definition, angels are high-net-worth individuals who get involved early in the company’s life, bringing capital, sector knowledge and network, and relevant expertise. Angel investors usually... Continue Reading →

Outsourcing With Care

Challenges of international outsourcing Many tech entrepreneurs face the question of whether to outsource software development to a foreign country. After all, there are good coders in countries like India, Russia and Argentina, while U.S. developers are quite pricey in comparison. But managing a team or project from afar can be quite challenging: communication often gets lost in... Continue Reading →

With Disruptive Innovation, Customer Is Not Always Right

Disruptive innovations and customer feedback A recent study by ChubbyBrain.com listed the top 20 reasons why startups fail. The #1 reason, ahead of funding, product quality, pricing and other popular ones, was "ignoring or not seeking customer feedback". However, there are two sides to this. If your company is launching a disruptive technology, or a... Continue Reading →

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