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 →

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 →

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 →

An Idea Is Just That – Not Yet An Innovation

Innovation and new ideas I am frequently approached by people who want to share a new business idea with me. Some are actually good, others, well, you know. Usually the pitch is accompanied by a good amount of mystery and secrecy: "Andre, I'm telling you this because I trust you, but don't tell anyone; this could be... Continue Reading →

Time to Start a Business – or Not

What to ask yourself before starting a company Before launching a startup, an entrepreneur must ask him or herself the following question: Can I support myself for the next 18-24 months? This is specially important if you're in your late twenties or early thirties. It doesn't matter where support comes from. It could be your... Continue Reading →

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