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 →

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 →

In Seed Capital Fundraising, You Gotta Choose Your Pizza

Seed capital and ownership A common mistake entrepreneurs make, especially in the startup's early stage, is to worry too much about valuation and dilution. The business, after all, is their "baby" and they can't give away too much too soon - every share is worth fighting for! Well, guess what, the business is almost as... 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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