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The Other 99% Of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship - 30 January 2012

The Other 99% Of Entrepreneurs

In my recent piece Reengineering Capitalism I highlighted a phenomenon that the global entrepreneurship ecosystem is paying very little attention to: Over 99% of entrepreneurs who seek funding get rejected. Yet, the entire world is focused on the 1% that is “fundable.” The media, when pitched a startup story, is interested in who funded the [...]

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We Stopped #SOPA (For Now), But Here’s How It Would Have Killed Your Business

Entrepreneurship - 23 January 2012

We Stopped #SOPA (For Now), But Here’s How It Would Have Killed Your Business

There’s a lot of news surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA in the last couple of months. It’s aim was to expand the ability to fight online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property. It’s measures, however were extreme. The vote for the bill would be have been today but has been postponed due to [...]

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112th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are Media Sites Fundable?

Entrepreneurship - 21 January 2012

112th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are Media Sites Fundable?

Today’s roundtable brought some core issues up for debate regarding media startups that are focusing largely on Content and Community features and expecting to get funded. So, I would like to take some time to offer a broad overview on the topic and some pointers to entrepreneurs who are making the assumption that you can raise $500,000 [...]

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13 Things Entrepreneurs Will Succeed At

Entrepreneurship - 16 January 2012

13 Things Entrepreneurs Will Succeed At

Did anyone else feel sick after reading the article on Tech Crunch on why entrepreneurs will fail? Ok, I admit it’s true but where’s the other side of it? Are we so jaded that we have become pessimist instead of the optimist that we were when we first started our businesses? I already have enough [...]

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111th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight On IIT Kharagpur, India

Entrepreneurship - 14 January 2012

111th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight On IIT Kharagpur, India

Today’s roundtable was jointly organized by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT KGP) and the 1M/1M program as part of the former’s Global Entrepreneurship Summitorganized by the student-run e-cell. For the uninitiated, IIT KGP is considered one of the top technology schools in India, and it is located in the Eastern part of the country, [...]

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110th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: ERP Galore

Entrepreneurship - 09 January 2012

110th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: ERP Galore

At today’s roundtable, we had an unusual amount of discussion on ERP startups. Given that ERP is such a mature market, the fact that all this startup activity is going on in ERP is a bit puzzling to me. Rural ERP Surjith Singh from Chennai, India, pitched Rural ERP, a business that intends to focus on [...]

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108th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Web 3.0 And Social Dancing; Romania Emerging

Entrepreneurship - 17 December 2011

108th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Web 3.0 And Social Dancing; Romania Emerging

At today’s roundtable, we had a 30-minute segment on Web 3.0 and Social Dancing. We basically took the Web 3.0 framework – Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS) – and did a blue sky exercise on how to create a comprehensive user experience for social dancers. We also explored business models that not [...]

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105th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable for Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship - 20 November 2011

105th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable for Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship

I have written about this before on my Forbes column, but want to raise the question again: Are Business Schools Setting Up Entrepreneurs To Fail? The question has, over time, resulted in huge discussions, some defensive, some self-aware and some even solution oriented. Nonetheless, in the last couple of years, the flow of first-time entrepreneurs [...]

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW

Entrepreneurship - 14 November 2011

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Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off today. It is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. So why should entrepreneurs celebrate it? Celebrate GEW with us all week with Teenpreneurs: Generation Next. 1. To Become A Sponge Becoming [...]

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104th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable for Entrepreneurs: VCs Are Not Always Right

Entrepreneurship - 09 November 2011

104th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable for Entrepreneurs: VCs Are Not Always Right

I know that many, many entrepreneurs are feeling dejected because of investor rejections. Today, I want to share with you a story of an amazing entrepreneurial team led by Alex Bouzari, CEO of Data Direct. In How To Defend Your Dream Against All Odds, Alex and I explore the company’s journey to $200 Million in revenue, [...]

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