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. 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 big". Let me summarize what I tell... Continue Reading →

Equity or Debt: Questions Entrepreneurs Should Ask

In a previous post, I covered the kinds of investors that support startups. In the last post, I discussed the different types of financial instruments available to startups. But how does an entrepreneur know which type of instrument is ideal for his or her business? Let’s now turn to the main questions one should ask... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

MBA For Entrepreneurs Can Still Matter

MBA and entrepreneurs At times it seems MBA programs are passed their glory days. Every so often we see articles saying that they can be a waste of time and money, especially if your goal is to become an entrepreneur. My two cents: if you have no business background and you can afford it, a... 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 →

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Prosperity

Entrepreneurship and economic development What is the common ground between the economic prosperity of the Netherlands in the XVII-XVIII centuries, nineteenth century England, twentieth century U.S. and, more recently, countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Israel? Although the question could be answered from different angles, fundamentally it can be inferred: in their own time,... Continue Reading →

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