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 →

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 →

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 →

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