Category Archives: Growing new Business

Why Are Startup Founders So Bad at Changing Their Own Companies?

oct17-13-97091349-Max-OppenheimCompany founders would seem to be a natural fit for change management programs. They are persuaders and visionaries who perceive opportunities and seize them quickly. From airlines to autos, and from TVs to taxis, individual entrepreneurs have upended one industry after another. When channeled successfully, these attributes represent the lifeblood of entrepreneurship and market disruption. Unfortunately, when founders attempt to apply these skills to their own organizations, they usually aren’t as successful: It seems the industry disrupter’s virtues are the organizational change manager’s vices. Read more>>

The Power Of Microfinance: How FINCA Says It Changes The Lives Of Low-Income Entrepreneurs

FINCA Impact Finance is a network of 21 microfinance institutions and banks operating around the world that provide responsible financial services to low-income entrepreneurs. Andrée Simon, the CEO of FINCA, has found her life purpose in helping her organization do what it does. Now their group is trying to build an institution that has the potential to change the lives of individuals, their families, and their communities. The combination of financial sustainability and positive social impact the organization achieves aligns with Simon’s desire to leave something better behind. Read more>>

HEARTLAND ENTREPRENEUR: 1 WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO GLOBAL STARTUP SUCCESS

The success of startups in recent years has always seemed to have some geographic connection to a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity.However, the scene is now changing and the online environment is proving that anyone out there, regardless of his or her location and gender, can live the entrepreneurial dream.One of these new entrepreneurs is Robin Smith. Read More>>