Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

How We Bootstrapped Our Startup to 1M $ in 12 Months (And You Can Too).

Too many times I hear folks from the tech scene advising other entrepreneur to ask investors for money to start…up. In some cases investors are the only way to kick off big projects, but I firmly believe that most startups could really make it on their own and validate their ideas by making sales first. Here is a list of 11 strategies we used to bootstrap 1M $ in just 12 months, that can help your startup too. Read more>>

Most Science Startups Fail. Here’s Why.

It seems like every day we see or hear about a breakthrough new discovery that will change everything. The problem isn’t necessarily with the discoveries themselves, but that there’s a fundamental difference between discovering an important new phenomenon in the lab and creating value in the marketplace. We need to get a lot better at bridging that gap. To do so, we need to create a new innovation ecosystem for commercializing science. Read more>>

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Big Idea from Spanx’s Sara Blakely

There’s a myth amongst entrepreneurs of the “lightning strike” — the “aha” moment when an idea just comes to you. In reality, it’s rare to find a successful scale entrepreneur whose big idea landed on their lap. It’s more likely they were already on the hunt. I wanted to talk to Spanx founder Sara Blakely about my theory. Her story is the perfect parable for any entrepreneur looking for their first — or their next — big idea. Read more>>

How to Succeed as a Business-to-Government (B2G) Startup

How to Succeed as a Business-to-Government (B2G) StartupGovernments across the world award contracts worth billions of dollars each year. Despite the obvious opportunities that exist here, launching and growing a B2G startup is not for the faint-hearted. For one, the tendering process can take several months to complete. Secondly, government agencies tend to favor businesses that have prior experience working on government projects. Read more>>

The Top 4 Reasons Startups Fail, According to 14 International Accelerators

The Top 4 Reasons Startups Fail, According to 14 International AcceleratorsAs speakers, advisers and trainers in the entrepreneurial space, we’ve been particularly excited by our December survey of the principles of 14 international accelerators. We wanted to know, from their point of view, what were the key factors in startup success … and failure. Although these folks are from all over the world, it’s amazing how much they agree when it comes to why startups fail. Read more>>

Founder Mindset, Local Connectedness, Sub-Sector Growth: The 2018 Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Which startup ecosystems have the highest share of founders with an entrepreneurial mindset? Where will you find the strongest sense of community among startups? Which technology sub-sector should your ecosystem focus on to generate growth and jobs? Many cities, states, provinces, and countries continue to seek better ways to create a strong environment for startups. Read more>>

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Likely to Get Funding If They Emphasize Their Social Mission

mar18-07-hbr-jennifer-maravillas-busi-modelOver the last decade, new ventures across industries have framed their businesses in terms of social impact. We observed that a disproportionately high number of ventures that emphasize social impact seem to be founded by women. This could be because female founders are more likely to care about social issues than men. But we also wondered if something else might be going on. Read more>>

7 Steps to Defining Your Niche Market

7 Steps to Defining Your Niche MarketYou’ve come up with a great idea for a business, but you’re not ready to roll yet. Before you go any further, the next step is figuring out just who your market is. No business—particularly a small one—can be all things to all people. The more narrowly you can define your target market, the better. This process is known as creating a niche and is key to success for even the biggest companies. Read more>>