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American Apparel: a trip from the height of cool to lows of bankruptcy | Business | The Guardian
[ your edgy and PR storm/press differentiation can become a liability to future growth especially if you use that kind of marketing to grow, clickbait is not sustainable. stupid. should have stayed private and nimble! wall street and the numbers call it a bluff of the founder, cant be bigger & more than it was pre-ipo. no growing endlessly as edgy brand ] American Apparel has faced growing competition in the US from cut-price overseas competitors such as H&M, who have effectively replicated the brand’s fashion for a lower price. [...] recorded a loss for ten consecutive quarters, which was unsustainable given its debts. [...] American Apparel is the country’s biggest manufacturer of clothing and it is based in downtown Los Angeles. The company claims to pay experienced factory works more than $30,000 a year, compared with $600 a year for workers in Bangladesh factories. [...] we are taking this step to keep jobs in the US, and preserve the ideals for which the company stands.”
American  Apparel  Fashion  Industry  Manufacturing  Branding  brand  awareness  differentiate  differentiation  USA  Fast  Fashion  commodity  business  commoditization  Retail  pure  play  e-commerce  Wall  Street  IPO  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  mainstreet.org  fiduciary  responsibility  Venture  Capital  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  marketing  PR  advertising  advertisement 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Success in the tech industry, where whole new job categories are created overnight, requires deep familiarity with trends, products and technologies. Learning opportunities abound — if you’re willing to transition to new roles, educate yourself, work on different products or switch companies altogether. Building your own startup, or even joining one, can be the best career move; it offers remarkable potential for growth by wearing multiple hats in an expanding organization. The labor market benefits from this flexibility not just with an improved and adaptable workforce, but also one that creates jobs. The immigration process impedes all these possibilities. [...] [ reset process when switching companies ] [...] And that’s not even the worst part. If you get laid off, you must leave the country. Immediately. [...] Try telling your VC you spent $25,000 of their $1 million funding on immigration fees
USA  immigration  Europe  Germany  UK  skill-biased  technological  change  skills  gap  capital  skills  workforce  migration  ecosystem  Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Green  Card  job  security  insecurity  American  Dream  entrepreneur  practical  skills  practical  skill  set  skill  job  creation  borderless  globalization  globalisation  flat  world  global  economy  digital  economy  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  Future  of  Work  Remote  Work  liberal  economic  reform  policy  error  short-term  view  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  Rechtsruck  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  STEM  R&D  Research  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  policy  labour  market  labour  economics  added  value  value  creation  multiplier  education  policy  vocational  education  professional  education  long-term  view  HR  human  resources  hiring  recruiting  recruitment  war  for  talent  H1B  startupvisa  visa  H-1B 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gary Vaynerchuk | USC Entrepreneur Talk | 2015 - YouTube
// I am an HR dictator. Don't be a dick like Steve because Steve was a dick and was successful and this icon that died a tragic death. << wantrepreneur. // its about having a product/market fit and executing well! it's what you do with it. //
Gary  Vaynerchuk  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  Start-up  of  You  entrepreneur  advice  lesson  HR  human  resources  corporate  culture  corporate  values  long-term  Legacy  CEO  Leadership  recruiting  recruitment  self-actualization  self-awareness  hunt  for  yield  2015  Silicon  Valley  irrational  exuberance  hubris  panic  execution  Product/Market  Fit 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they aren't telling you about work - YouTube
hollowing out // automation - vs - skill & problem solving (figuring out how to automate/put something together/create new) - vs - end of the chain work (low end, manual, repetitive, service...) // within the next 20 years, 47% of jobs in developed world could be replaced by robots/automation/machines // Future of Work is about problem solving, not putting (end of the chain) things together. figuring out the new, making the new, making something better, more efficient, faster, better quality, ... // and as it stands now, those who reap the rewards will be few. and gov policy, ie tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax code, fairness, --- gains have to be shared.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Survivors | Bothsides of the Table
Failure. To most people it smells. People are afraid of it. It’s like cancer or divorce. When you have it you find you who your true friends are because they’re the ones who double down on helping, on being available, on listening, on understanding. Most people run from failure or disease because they’re hard to handle. Hard to know how to deal with. Awkward. But I am attracted to those who have had severe set-backs in life because it tells you something about the mettle of the person with whom you’re dealing. It reminds me of a famous quote in one of my favorite novel’s “Damage” by Josephine Hart “Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.” [...] closed up shop at the very first hurdle. I wouldn’t work with him again. [...] Honor is what I’m looking for. How you failed is significantly more important than if you failed. [play the long-game = relationships, trust, network [ character, live life 4 ur eulogy, not CV, not bank account - nyr.kr/1J5Y13X & bit.ly/1KrTfPT ]
Failure  entrepreneurship  Hustle  culture  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  life  hacker  life  lesson  philosophy  adversity  pattern  matching  pattern  recognition  bias  confirmation  bias  Venture  Capital  selection  bias  perseverance  of  You  career  advice  career  ladder  courage  character  book  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  entrepreneur  long-term  Networking  Gary  Vaynerchuk  ecosystem  community 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Michelle Mone: tsar quality? - BBC News
[ gov role for No Campaign support, and possible Lord's appointment ] It's a message that speaks of defiance and determination, but also perhaps a thin skin and insecurity. So what is it that drives Michelle Mone? One guide is to follow her on Twitter. [...] What I've learned is not about business, but about image. [...] The image she projects is of someone constantly on the go from top hotel to yacht, to a glamorous photo shoot, to her evening gown laid out on her hotel bed, to a peek inside her wardrobe at the choices she's got that morning. There are pre-speech nerves when facing a glitzy, powerful audience, a menu from a swish restaurant, stroking some very expensive cars, and short messages of encouragement to her admirers. This is Michelle Mone: the brand. [...] [ it's sponsored by the DWP, aiming at those on benefits ] &! bbc.in/1JiCR3p &! bbc.in/1KvZPRf off Ultimo board. &! bit.ly/1Jr4rxi
Michelle  Mone  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Personal  Brand  SNP  Scottish  independence  referendum  Tories  Conservative  Party  nepotism  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  industrial  policy  UK  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  budget2015  recovery  Manufacturing  STEM  education  policy  vocational  education  professional  education  apprenticeships  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  Celebrity  of  You  Selbstdarstellung 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Anti-Angel-Gesetz: Auch die CDU schießt gegen Schäubles Pläne | Gründerszene
Die Lage ist schon jetzt nicht rosig. Die Zahl der Unternehmensgründungen geht zurück – die Liquidationen übersteigen bereits seit 2012 die Neugründungen. Zudem sind die Wagniskapital-Investitionen rückläufig. „Die wenigen Risikokapitalgeber jetzt zusätzlich durch drohende Gewinnbesteuerungen von einer möglichen Investition abzuschrecken, ist äußerst kontraproduktiv“, [...] Das Finanzministerium verteidigt sich. Bei der Reform gehe es darum, ein Steuerschlupfloch zu stopfen, das durch Änderungen bei der Dividendenbesteuerung im Jahr 2013 entstanden sei. Außerdem gebe es weiterhin einen Steuernachlass für Investoren in Startups. [ ja und die grossen konzerne? ] [...] Um den Startup-Standort Deutschland attraktiver zu machen, fordert der CDU-Wirtschaftsrat eine Etablierung von Wachstumsfonds für Startups und einen verbesserten Zugang zu Wagniskapital.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  tax  code  Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Angela  Merkel  GroKo  Germany  Mittelstand  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  Failure  society  stigma  SME  SMB  national  interest  creative  destruction  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell on why life is 'a game' - BBC News
After his breakout success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr Bushnell made several missteps that eventually led to some entrepreneurial failures and financial ruin. "When I was 35, I was insufferable. I thought I could do no wrong and I got really sloppy," [...] He chalks the creation of Atari up to a bit of good luck: "I was probably the only electrical engineer that understood television, and understood the coin-operated game business [from the amusement park] in 1969," he says. [...] Mr Bushnell also emphasises that the popularity of Atari's games was primarily due to his ability to find and hire talented, creative workers, including one you may have heard of - Steve Jobs. "I've always valued passionate employees over anything else, [...] But Mr Jobs, like a lot of his earlier employees, had passion and as a result, "was an extremely hard worker". // talks about internal leadership - youtu.be/fxIN9J3Vcv4
Atari  entrepreneur  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  people  management  Leadership  passion  mission  vision  management  scale  scaling  hiring  Failure  intrinsic  motivation  identity  identification  Tribe 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Welcome To The Unicorn Club, 2015: Learning From Billion-Dollar Companies | TechCrunch
capital efficiency of these “private unicorns” is surprisingly low, [ << bc they (1) use growth round to buy aggressively market share/customers and (2) Palo Alto/San Francisco/New York/London is expensive locations - prices driven up by Venture Capital & Angel Investments & hunt for developers - employees can command negotiations about their price in most cases. ] [...] 7) Take heart, “old people” of Silicon Valley: Companies with educated, tech-savvy, experienced 30-something, co-founding teams with history together have built the most successes. Twenty-something founders and successful pivots are the minority; dedicated CEOs who are able to scale their companies for the long haul are not. [...] Optimistic private markets sheltering a thicket of “paper unicorns.” [ << Bill Gurley, there will be a dead unicorn ] [...] [SAAS] are also among the more capital efficient companies on average in our set[.] [...] There’s still too little diversity at the top in 2015
Unicorn  Silicon  Valley  marketshare  growth  round  FOMO  Private  Market  hunt  for  yield  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  SPV  diversity  gender  bias  gender-based  discrimination  gender  politics  gender  equality  gender  policing  gender-based  harassment  STEM  pattern  matching  pattern  recognition  nurture  environment  entrepreneur 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  book  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  global  citizenship  Energy  Internet  Smart  Grid  renewable  green  transportation  public  transportation  policy  price  wind  security  efficiency  economic  history  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  augmented  intelligence  algorithm  algorithms  GFC  productivity  austerity  IoT  Big  Data  analytics  efficiency  Capitalism  Share  Economy  vocational  education  education  policy  practical  skills  practical  skill  set  MOOC  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  differentiate  differentiation  Seth  Godin  society  culture  Universal  Basic  Income  3D  printing  Manufacturing  Moore's  Law  democracy  logistics  Internet 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Silicon Valley Will Continue to Rule — Backchannel — Medium
“You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.” Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. [...] He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer’s booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once, and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone. History, Jobs understood, gave him a chance to see — and see through — the conjurer’s tricks before they happened to him, so he would know how to handle them. [...] To invent the future, you must understand the past. [...] the Valley’s past matters today and that the lessons of history can take innovation further.
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  history  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Schule in Finnland: Reform für weniger Fächer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Finnland gilt seit den Pisa-Tests als Schullabor der Welt. Jetzt probieren die Reformer etwas Neues aus: weniger Fachunterricht, mehr Kompetenzvermittlung. Sogar bei den Noten sollen Schüler mitreden dürfen. // seth godin - being remarkable.
education  policy  PISA  practical  skills  skills  softskills  practical  skill  set  skill-biased  technological  change  e-learning  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  Future  of  Work  entrepreneur  Artist  creator 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013 - Bloomberg Business
@ElonMusk had deal in '13 to sell @Tesla to @Google for ~$6B & $5B in additional capital for factory expansion according to @Bloomberg; he offered Google the deal because of how many customers were postponing orders; during negotiations sales increased & Tesla generated $562M in rev, Musk broke off negotiations 2 wks later // >> has no fear chip, demanding, in negotiations, 5bn for expansion, while having only weeks of runway. // min 36:45 - Pando.com Weekly Show from April 20th 2015 "driving an insane bargain [...] he misses that fear chip [...] extraordinarily bluffing" >> great journalism, investigative journalism, scoops,
Elon  Musk  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  book 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
We Are All Venture Capitalists Now | TechCrunch
In Mediocristan, you work fixed hours for a fixed wage. In Extremistan, success is enormously lucrative, but failure is far more common … and, for artists, condemns you to a life of grinding poverty and/or working outside of your chosen field. Of course tech startups also live in Extremistan. So too does venture capital itself, a meta-tournament of picking winners, in which enough money is (hopefully) made from the few big hits to outweigh the inevitable failures– –and so too will we all, soon enough. I’ve argued before that, because software is eating the world, “technology is slowly dragging us all, economically, away from Mediocristan and into Extremistan.” The power of software is such that it gives ever-smaller numbers of people ever-greater leverage. Meanwhile, much of yesterday’s rote Mediocristan work can and will be automated tomorrow. As a result, our economies are moving (slowly, in fits and starts) to a power-law Extremistan future. [ Seth Godin "be remarkable" ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Fred Wilson's unique advice for entrepreneurs - YouTube
“One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! Casey Neistat - Zero F*cks What People Think - (1) do your own thing, of try to fit in (2) all the bullies are losers now (3) stop caring what other ppl think, they don't matter/their prejudice them being judgmental - youtu.be/NN68oWwLTMk?t=4m // &! Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. - Oscar Wilde // &! “Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest // &! “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! ON FAILURE: “Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde
entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  serial  entrepreneur  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  life  hacker  life  lesson  philosophy  Casey  Neistat 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob | TechCrunch
// see article, timeline from idea to MVP to feedback (don't build lonely MVP), to experimenting with Subscriptions and Passport (bundles) and seeing traction. It's called being a Start-up. The struggle. It rarely is it that what you think will work, works. But that is not public's perception about Silicon Valley nor Start-up life and how it is portrayed widely in media nor even in specific publications. Website Startupanonymous is the product of a symptom of that. Actually to talk about struggle and doubt and stress only in a non identifiable way ... possible.
MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Pivot  feedback  feedback  loop  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures) - Accepting Failure - YouTube
willingness to fail, enables the ability to succeed. success matters. failure is inconsequential! yet, people don't do X because they are afraid of failure. fear of failure restricts people what they can do, achieve, is a limiter. most people are limited by what they think they can do, not by what they can do. sure, its not that simple, but it is more true than it is not true. what is the worst case scenario of failure? you go back to a day job with worth of business experience of an MBA. as soon as you accept the willingness to fail - you can start do things, that actually matter. if you dont accept it ie afraid of the heart ache, the bottomless pit in your stomach ... you wont try things that are material. (there are more reasons to do a start-up (or join a young start-up w traction) are overweighting the reasons to stay in your day/corporate job. don't mind failing, but if you succeed - it better be consequential (aim big, impact, affecting peoples life). &! youtu.be/MLtw31CGTHc
Failure  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  culture  society  life  lesson  life  hacker  creative  destruction 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies - Feld Thoughts
Myth #3 and myth #4 show up all the time at MRR’s > $1m. You disrupted someone a few years ago which is what caused you to discover product/market fit. Don’t be confused about the world – someone else is gunning for you now that you are the big player in whatever segment you are in. Every time you work on something new, whether it’s a new feature, a new product, or a new product line, recognize that you are searching for incremental product/market fit. The search is a continuous and never ending quest. Don’t confuse illusion with reality.
Product/Market  Fit  user  churn  user  acquisition  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  incrementalism  incremental  piecemeal  approach  feedback  feedback  loop  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Building entrepreneurship - YouTube
Note: Start-ups (with traction) can be the cheapest real-world MBA for undergrads with some business/job experience at an established firm. // Business Schools still have to sell themselves.
MBA  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  execution  Business  School 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Without Their Permission: An Interview with Alexis Ohanian // HackCville Media - YouTube
11:20 - entrepreneurial venture, learning a ton. equivalent to MBA &! Without Their Permission: Alexis Ohanian's Full Talk at UVA // HackCville Media - youtu.be/Qa_yNfRALkY - 22:00 if you have not figured it all out, it is ok. your first version will be jenky and that is ok. sucking is the first step to becoming better at X. If you don't ship, you will never find out. Will never get any kind of user feedback.. &! Be Awesome Without Their Permission - SXSW Interactive 2014 - youtu.be/6_STlNJHDMQ &! Triangulation 131: Alexis Ohanian - http://youtu.be/2-Kg33VwT7U &! HubTalk Alexis Ohanian Reddit - youtu.be/XFNTVyjMiko &! Alexis Ohanian: Full Video from WTP Book Tour - youtu.be/5mBhQEuC8jQ
MBA  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  HR  human  resources  book  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Alexis  Ohanian  hiring 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't Be Awful: Rob McFeeley, Rick Bidgood and Paul Carr - YouTube
Startup mental health: “The stress which can be a positive force is also something which damages people.” ( bit.ly/1DKNUiQ ) " “You have people who are being hurt and people who are suffering. It doesn’t have to be like that. The stress which is part of doing the work, and can be a positive force is also something which damages people.” [...] Bidgood and his co-founder Rob McFeeley joined us at hour five of Don’t Be Awful to explain why tech companies need to change their thinking on mental health. They also talked about BluePeriod, the organization they created to “design solutions for mental and emotional health in the startup and technology communities.” &! &! http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013/01/30/we-need-to-have-sympathy-for-those-with-depression-it-is-an-illness/ // &! &! tanglen meditation
Silicon  Valley  mental  health  mental  illness  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  burnout  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  suicide  Aaron  Swartz  public  awareness  public  image  prejudice  misperception  public  perception  public  health  public  health  policy  public  discourse  chronic  stress  Oxidative  stress  stress  meditation 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Florian Heinemann (Project A): "Hipness verdient kein Geld" - YouTube
4:50 - "[Oliver] lebt fuer den Erfolg." Kaempft aber nicht gg Silicon Valley & Co. auf Silicon Valley's ebene ... frontal mit neuen creativen dingen. Sondern greift an von der Flanke (existing, proven biz models, w known risk/reward ratio into their favour, global - where SV is not). // 8:00 constant iteration on small things to improve on them while keeping the big picture with known best practices (#Exportweltmeister) // 9:30 Kapitalaufwand (die nehmen wenn, dann wirklich Geld in die hand) von Rocket Internet's world expansion into Virgin Territories with known & proven business models. // 15:00 Execution, Focus, Value Prop Customers are willing to pay for - click. // 19:00 TEAM & different personalities (introverted etc). Failure because you run out of money. Your timing 2 raise $ is inverse related 2 when you need it. // 21:30 Zalando: detail oriented. BigData. Key Hires. // &! Jeff Jarvis: "Deutsche haben zu viel Angst vor dem Scheitern" - DLD 2015 - youtu.be/VAxGX4LYITI
Rocket  Internet  Zalando  Samwer  Brothers  Oliver  Samwer  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Exportweltmeister  Germany  USA  culture  failure  experiment  experimentation  A/B  Testing  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  risk  aversion  risk  taking  mitigating  risk 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
DLD15 - Rocket: The Sky is the Limit (Oliver Samwer, Stefan Winners) - YouTube
Kid of Lawyer, trained Lawyer w private College Education. "Rocket Internet = Platform to push proven business models w known risks (known risk/return ratio). & plan 2 play on their strengths (Experience/Speed/working harder/Best Practices). [...] We are the West Point of the Internet [about their workplace]." - Oliver Samwer, European Founders - Building Global Companies - NOAH13 - v=KMQr5m7ENmQ &! Oliver Samwer, Rocket Internet - NOAH14 - v=XTBCnlgYv3U &! Classic: Oliver Samwer's "you have to live in the dirt" talk at Idea Lab 2013 "TAKE CAPITAL IN HAND AND BUILD A PROVEN BUSINESS MODEL IN PLACE X THAT IS VIRGIN TERRITORY. PLAYING TO THE GERMANIAN STRENGTH & CULTURE; EXPORTING AND HARD WORK. [...] [he is also comparing Entrepreneurship with Bruce Wallace (Braveheart) living in the dirt] "big offices tend to become losers [...] and talks about sense of discomfert a part of progress & success/achieving xyz in life or business. you dont learn till you launch v=vBYAofSZpVk
Rocket  Internet  Samwer  Brothers  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Germany  Exportweltmeister  Oliver  Samwer 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
The Downtown Project Suicides: Can the Pursuit of Happiness Kill You? | Re/code
http://www.feld.com/archives/2014/10/founder-suicides.html "I’m saddened by the struggles around The Downtown Vegas Project. I’ve long thought, and continue to think, it’s a really interesting experiment." + http://chrisyeh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-manic-side-of-entrepreneurship.html !+!+! http://pando.com/2014/10/01/sarah-lacy-talks-vegas-downtown-project-on-npr/ + http://knprnews.org/post/tony-hsieh-i-was-never-downtown-projects-leader "no hard decisions were made, no confidence inspired / transpired, etc etc ... media was overwhelmingly/breathless positive and cheerful with very little doubt and questioning. ... if you start a company, you are responsible, can't expect landholding and infinite pay checks etc etc ... it is your responsibility to get to cash flow positive (see their 5 year plan)" + https://gigaom.com/2014/10/02/5-questions-for-tony-hsieh-and-the-downtown-project/
Las  Vegas  Downtown  Project  Tony  Hsieh  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Leadership  urban  planning  urbanisation  city  living  Las  Vegas  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  complexity  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  failure  business  failure  subsidies  subsidizing  journalism  journalismus  trust  trustagent  confidence  business  confidence  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  Venture  Capital  Vision  cash  flow  expectations  social  entrepreneurship  capitalism 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Before the Startup
+ http://avc.com/2014/10/paul-graham-dropping-serious-wisdom/ + @cdixion ""At its best, starting a startup is merely an ulterior motive for curiosity." via bit.ly/ZwNf4v + Eric Ries: "I want to say one more thing about @paulg's latest. People often can't understand why liberal arts education helps with being a tech founder. [...] Now when I get this question I'm going to say read this." bit.ly/1uEOuv9 + @cdixion "Startups are so weird that if you trust your instincts, you'll make a lot of mistakes." bit.ly/1nSQZIo + bit.ly/1oFsAAV + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8399209
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Liberal  Arts  Education  policy  ycombinator 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups Anonymous: The startup world is one big hoax | PandoDaily
[ Could have come out of the mouth of David Heinemeier Hansson - @dhh - See intrvws on ThisWeekInStartups bit.ly/ZheCPA !!! ] Ultimately, if in the end you still want to be in startup land, stay away from these crowds and the big hoax. I promise it’s depressing and not worth your energy. Focus on your customers and your business. Don’t worry about raising money and just worry about generating revenue. Hanging out with other entrepreneurs or so called investors or VCs isn’t going to make you a better entrepreneur. Go and hang out with your family and friends. They are the better judge as they will bring you practical advice that’s more holistic to your well being then the regurgitated flavor of the day. And if you made it and your business is really making it, then pay it forward by not surrounding yourself with the pack of wash ups. Instead stay away from that group and mentor sparingly; maybe to students in high school or college during career day. And remind them of the big hoax.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
The Case For Intelligent Failure To Invent The Future | TechCrunch
The future will not be like the past. The future will be built by those who will take risks and action to invent the world they want. [...] Over the years, I have developed great skepticism toward so-called experts and pontificators who seem authoritative in forecasting and create an illusion of knowing based on very little actual expertise. [...] I have experienced the power of doers, the chaotic and naïve world of optimistic entrepreneurs who just try things, admit mistakes, fail, learn, iterate, try again and find solutions – often out of necessity. Accepting, even encouraging, the right kind of failure is the best way to discover the solution to our problems and close the resource gap. Learning by engaging, iterating and persisting, rather than pursuing academic studies or writing papers, seem to be the major drivers of change. [...] The biggest risk we can take is to not take any risks at all. [...] we need the impossible to bridge our resource gap.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
// In Latin America, the fundamental cultural impediment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is lack of individual risk-taking. While this is true at the entrepreneurial level, it is not a crucial element due to other factors compensating – primarily the attraction of the Silicon Valley lifestyle. However, this is not true in the investor layer, and thus a crucial piece of the infrastructure – the post-startup financing – is severely underdeveloped. The cultural factors here are clear: lack of comfort with technology, group decision-making, long decision-making cycles, desire for control and severe discomfort with failure result in an anemic investment community.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur | TechCrunch
Learn about EQ, compression, and limiting, starting now. It is an art that takes years and years to master. The internet is the greatest textbook ever written. And it’s free. Seriously, read that shit. Get a cheap video camera, a laptop, and a crappy microphone. Start right now. Stop reading about how to do it, and go do it. Record a song, publish it, and get feedback. Then do that 100 more times. [...] Expecting results within 5 years. This is a long fucking haul. You gotta love it….
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Killing the Messenger at Mozilla, by Tim Chevalier | Model View Culture
The tech industry has a hero problem, and during my time there, Mozilla was no exception. Famously, Eich developed the JavaScript language in ten days, in order to meet a Netscape release deadline. This is a textbook example of how tech valorizes individual "heroes", always male, who can put in intense effort on a problem over a short period of time but not work with others on a solution in the long term. I have no doubt that Eich's work on JavaScript was solid, but I also see no reason to think that he was the only person who could have done the same thing. In fact, there are probably people who could have done better, but were not accorded the privileges in life needed for doing so. As far as I'm aware, Eich himself has maintained a humble attitude about his achievements, but the same can't be said of his fans. [...] Tacit acceptance of silencing and of abuse of power runs throughout our culture, but that doesn't make it okay in the specific instance of tech culture. [... >>]
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius on Vimeo
honing your craft, put the work in, grind it out, ... sort of the 10k hour rule by gladwell - sort of. // Part 2: http://vimeo.com/87448006 // ++ THE GAP by Ira Glass - http://vimeo.com/85040589 - hone your skill your craft by putting stuff out. period. // ++ “The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.” [...] The question of what makes someone successful has occupied some of history’s greatest minds. For Alexander Graham Bell, success was bound to befall the person “who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider.” [... prolonged exposure ... grit ... personal growth and professional growth mindset ... there is no overnight success. ] http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/29/ira-glass-success-daniel-sax/
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Newsweek Feature Stories: The Future of Branding - YouTube
+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imyo7r2L_1o << democratisation of voice, KPI - social following, influence, engagement, ... currency is respect; long-term view/long-term thinking - domain knowledge - domain expertise. ... long-form content << measure of quality. not just instagram snaps. differentiation. standing out from the noise. the constant bombardment (( full video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy0VaJL4XO8
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
David Friedberg: Most Entrepreneurs are Not Rock Stars - YouTube
there is a feedback loop between VC's (capital) and Press/Reporting/Lack of Original Reporting; former want's to find and pick the needle in the hay stack and put that badge on his jacket and wear it for life carrying it everywhere he/she goes, the latter wants to be the one seeing and reporting the the needle in the hay stack and wants to be able to always link to it back when he/she covers the exit in what form it may ever be. Having that on record. And then there are those that read all that crap about the former and the latter. ||| Brad Feld: Why Are You Doing It? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cIe2dCe6Cs
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups: Wagniskapital - Deutschland scheut das Risiko - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Manchmal rappt Horowitz seinen Rat an Jungunternehmer und formuliert seine Management-Tipps mit Hilfe von Songtexten bekannter HipHop-Künstler. Wenn Gründer mehr Mut beweisen sollen, bedient er sich etwa bei Ice Cube und rät: "If you are scared motherfucker, go to church." Die Lobby von Andreessen Horowitz in einem eleganten Flachbau am Rande von Menlo Park ist dekoriert mit Originalaufnahmen von Atombombentests. Das alles wirkt manchmal etwas brachial. Aber trifft man Horowitz in seinem Büro, erlebt man einen sehr freundlichen Mann in Pulli, Jeans und Turnschuhen, der während des ganzen Gesprächs nicht einmal die Stimme hebt. [...] Dann spricht er lange und ausführlich über Regulierung und Arbeitsmarktgesetze in Deutschland. Dass es drei Monate dauere, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Dass, wenn es nicht gut läuft, kaum eine andere Möglichkeit bleibe, als "gleich ganz zuzumachen", weil nicht schnell und einfach Personal abgebaut werden könne. Dass es an Unternehmergeist mangele. ...
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Sexism sucks less once you’ve raised $56 million | PandoDaily
“The third wave of e-commerce is coming – it’s about the full stack today,” Park says, referring to the fact that Julep produces its own products. “We’re doing something fundamentally different in terms of how we serve the consumer.”
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Techie -- Daily Intelligencer
[via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7559540 ] She was the only female at her company, a designer who had been with the start-up from the beginning and had overseen its design and marketing, yet had gotten left out when the company was sold to Google for its workers, in what's known as an acqui-hire. "I feel like my world just ended," she wrote. The thread quickly became the talk of Silicon Valley. It was seeming proof that even within the happy-go-lucky world of tech start-ups, there are winners and losers, and more often than not, the losers in situations like these are the designers, who are more likely to be female than their engineer counterparts, and whose "soft" skills are seen as less valuable than coding chops. [The] start-up decided to sell itself to Google as a last resort, after failing to find traction in the market. [FOR G IT IS A public nightmare!]
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," - Larry Page At TED - Business Insider
"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," Page said. This is why Google is going full steam ahead working on a variety of projects.  "When we bought Android, it was small and I felt guilty working on it, but it was smart, it was the future," he said.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Yahoo’s Sales Head Brody Takes His First Tumblr by “Living the Dream” | Re/code
It is all very adorkable, although now I assume he will be getting with the selling of the ads on said site now that he gets how it is used. >> ie paid content, partnerships, ads, banner ads, ... the most stupid, quick buck.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC Two - Mind the Gap: London v the Rest
Polarising UK. (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Gateway (Port is a 50 year bet that London and surroundings will thrive further. Keeping Supply chains as tight as possible.) Most great careers are in the City. 58% of jobs need/have graduate qualification. City/London networking economics. Economies of Agglomeration. Proximity fuels productivity. + Connection to the world of business. Once you've attracted good neighbours, it attracts more people and more businesses to be there too. Self-fulfilling, once you reach critical mass, Tipping Point. Cotton Mills in the 19th century were build where the cotton planted. Corporations want to locate parts of their business were the resources are - the talent pool. And for data centres, where cheap energy is. // UK is now a two speed economy. London followed by the other big cities, followed by the rest of UK, rural UK. // There is no formula of success that other cities less prosperous could copy from London. It evolves. Bottom up growth.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires
So why not announce big, hairy audacious goals on recruiting the best mobile talent with sign-on bonuses and retention plans? And reward your existing top 10% of employees handsomely. I’ll bet the ROI would be higher than acquihires. .//. .... Friendfeed or Dodgeball - example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodgeball_(service)
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Confident As F*** But Scared as S*** - YouTube
... personal investment. one should know that a business outcome isn't reflective on a persons value. Leads me to the end conclusion of http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson "Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies" - where he shows that inequality leads to social stress. Paul Robinette associates his business outcome and other peoples reviews of his brainchild with his personal likeability and his social value to the overall community / friends and family and associates. + see http://www.youtube.com/user/ThisWeekIn/search?query=Jerry+Colonna
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get It Right? | Fast Company | Business Innovation
It's a compelling prospect: If Google has built a $294 billion business based on your explicit searches, Foursquare's bet is that the data behind your implicit intent are just as lucrative. [...] If you check in at Walgreens, should we show you an ad for toothpaste? We're not sure," he says. "Does that dilute the experience?" [...] And Crowley is well aware of what's become of him: His identity is his company; he is only as mature as it is. "I've thought about it for a while, and to me it's like I've got to close this chapter in my life before I can go on to the next one,"
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february 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Awe!thenticity: Mark Ecko at TEDxMidwest - YouTube
Mark Ecko "guts to the skin." + "School comes to you. [...] School is everywhere. [...] Don't lose the core, don't get distracted by the noise in the white wash. [...] Own it. [...] It's how you make people feel, not necessarily what you make (quality, means [$$$] to produce great quality product]. Evoking emotions and imaginations and connections and relational feelings. To relate." + Friends. Hold on to the word friend. Friend - to love. People are more like acquaintances or companion. Noise - filter it from inside out.
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Marc Ecko Interview at The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 - YouTube
Marc Ecko - legacy over money. + Perception is perception, it's not reality. How are you perceived, your brand. Focus on what you are good at (Talent), and do that well (+Hustle). And then later comes the Hustle, even more so + harder work, if you want to go beyond that. ... "Kanye! You don't need those gatekeepers. [...] Don't let your product be defined by a certain price point [by those gatekeepers]. [...] Don't try to imagine your future in a straight line. [...] Hubris can kill yourself. Don't get high on your own supply. [Stay Humble, authentic, down to earth, stay true to yourself.]" [...] "Nike makes an event out of a product." + v=k3SIkVIj7TQ "Perfect is the Enemy of Great. Constrains drive Creativity. Pro/Am Picture." [...] "Public Perception (and ur perception) is not Reality. [...] Problem of being disconnected. Swing ur dick without being a dick. Be intellectually honest" + http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Marc+Ecko+Unlabel+Selling+you+without+selling+out&sm=3
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ How to Sell Yourself Without Selling Out with Marc Ecko | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis - YouTube
+ v=L6md-7K3uSE Kanye West gon 2 Gatekeepers. Also talks abt journey and the journey is not a straight line. It's a zig zag. You cant see u destination/future. Its only in ur head/pipe dream. There's no Final Destination. [thus LEGACY over Money *Gary Vaynerchuk.] T-Shirt Design is a Garage thing. ... Its about the Buyer, the Fans, the Following - the one's vote and buy/transact. "Don't be that guy that is loved by the Gatekeepers but your business sucks." + v=IpCPJm7K07s "Fashion Industry is very different than Music Industruy." + v=ZePy-MXRDBU "Create Wealth that Matters. [...] Success is the Path, the Game, the Journey, [not the Final Destination]" [...] "Put in the Work and need to Execute and Hustle beyond your Talent." "Industrious Times!!! [...] Ur not the only game in town!" + Book - Shirt Kings Pioneers Hip Fashion // +Airbrush T-Shirt v=L9zxio7Wz90 YouTube "how to Airbrush T-Shirt" // http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/phade-interview + v=tcdlhylX8g4
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
Staying Ahead of the Curve — The Entrepreneur’s Journey — Medium
RE: @garyvee @stunwin How do you stay ahead of the game? How do you strategize with your team? Any particular methods you use? [...] RE: Staying Ahead of the Curve Innovation isn’t a tactic. It’s a religion. It’s not a method, it’s a mindset. Everybody’s looking for tactics, but it’s more about religion. So the reason my team and I stay ahead is that we’re built to stay ahead. We value the ROI that comes from the time we spend researching and pondering and debating and playing. [...] We’re in the business of always trying to put ourselves out of business. [...] But when it call comes down to it, nothing trumps execution. When Vine came out, I spent many hours between 11pm and 2am playing and understanding. At the end of the day, those hours were taken out of leisure time, sleep, and preparing for projects. I knew that and I still allocated that time. On paper, that seems very counter-intuitive, but I understand that value, and if you want to stay ahead, you should, too.
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Is Hollywood's blockbuster model broken?
The irony is that Spielberg almost singlehandedly invented the blockbuster genre. When his film Jaws was released in 1975, Hollywood realised that making a few big-budget films a year that appealed to the masses was more lucrative than making dozens of smaller ones, and a business model was born. Since then budgets have soared and artistic merit has taken a back seat. [...] After a wave of acquisitions in the 80s and 90s, the six "majors" that dominate global box office are now parts of massive media conglomerates. They have found ways to both boost profitability of their films and mitigate the risks associated with making such huge investments. [...] The first thing the studios have done is spread the risk by getting dozens of smaller production companies to invest alongside them, reducing their exposure to a potential flop.
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december 2013 by asterisk2a
▶ Genius Network® Presents: Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of Vaynermedia, interviewed by Joe Polish - YouTube
click through rate rock bottom. emerging platforms. + social media (work) is a marathon of investment. + attention span. + storytelling + extrovert + love the game (social media, internet - as a business) + legacy over currency + being right over the long-term + haters, hate - don't dismiss criticism. feedback. continue to critically think and keep executing. thus staying relevant. the marathon. + ad targeting + "Social Media is the only substitute for money. But it costs you time and knowledge." + Effort + Social Media is Word of Mouth @internet age + Infographics + have to work, effort / drive. Play xbox when your are well off. "I don't like complaining." + Social Media is sweet science. Marketing is hard, and it got harder. + "Marketing is applied Psychology." is Seduction. is Dating. + Freemium, giving away some content, luring them in. Content Marketing. MicroContent. Jab Jab Jab Ask. + Life gives to the giver and takes from takers.
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december 2013 by asterisk2a
How Ford's Assembly Line Has Changed Over 100 Years - YouTube
2:20 :: anticipate what they need, think what the consumer will value. the next big thing.
entrepreneur  Henry  Ford  Steve  Jobs  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship 
october 2013 by asterisk2a
Seth's Blog: Redefining productivity
Innovation drives the connection economy, not low cost.

The decision about what to do next is even more important than the labor spent executing it. A modern productive worker is someone who does a great job in figuring out what to do next.

(( A commodity business is one that competes primarily on the basis of price. )) > Amazon Retail unit
future  economics  philosophy  entrepreneurial  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  innovator  innovation  jeffbezos  Amazon  commodity  business  productivity 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Tim O' Reilly - Renegade Economist Talkshow - YouTube
Tom O' Reilly rocks ...

Post-Modern Economics is about Supply-Demand, artificial economics.
But digital economy and green/renewable energy (future) can be and is to a certain extent abundant. Which changes lots of relationships in-between the economy.
On the same page, the world, people take lots of things for granted, as free, that isn't free - that is actually scarce (clean water, oil (and all by products), time, ...
humanity  economics  of  abundance  scarcity  renewable  energy  green  energy  happieness  start-up  startup101  philosophy  greatrecession  GFC  economics  TimOReilly  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  value  creation 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Italy - Frustrated Entrepreneurs | Made in Germany - YouTube
The eurozone crisis shows no sign of ending. While Italy's interest rates for government bonds are rising, and prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has announced he'll step down, the country's entrepreneurs are frustrated. They feel betrayed by Italy's politicians, and they've started to protest.We meet business owner Enrico Frare, who has started a provocative newspaper ad campaign in which he is posing nude. His message is that Italy's entrepreneurs are in danger of losing the shirts off their backs -- and he's blaming what he says is Berlusconi's lack of any economic policy.
Italy  lostdecade  entrepeneurship  creditcrunch  2011  economy  sovereign  debt  crisis  entrepreneur  SME 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail? - Quora
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?That is, year after year, there are entrepreneurs who attempt variations of that idea despite nobody having ever succeeded in that space before?
business  entrepreneur  startups  advice  startup  failure 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Dont Bet Big. Little Bets Are The Ones That Turn Into Billion-Dollar Ideas
small bets are affordable and achievable ways to learn about problems and opportunities, while big bets are for capitalizing upon them.

Sarasvathy points to the value of what she calls “affordable losses.”  Seasoned entrepreneurs, she emphasizes, will tend to determine in advance what they are willing to lose, rather than calculating expected gains.  They don’t teach this in business school; just the opposite, in fact.  But the next new billion-dollar idea is virtually impossible to predict, even for a visionary like Mark Zuckerberg for much of Facebook’s early history.
entrepreneurship  business  startup  innovation  lesson  life  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  loss  losses  learning  curve 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
RIP Digg.
The lesson from Digg is crucial as Silicon Valley’s ecosystem has made it easier and easier to start a company. It’s that a great product is necessary but not nearly enough. Building a real company is harder, and it takes execution and leadership. Things like a New York-based CEO and a sometimes-distracted co-founder took a toll on Digg in its most pivotal days. As I wrote in my book a year after that cover, startups reflect their founders’ personalities. Back then, Slide was characterized by silent intensity, Facebook was like a messy, pizza-stained dorm room, and Digg? Well, Digg’s offices were empty most evenings.
digg  history  business  web2.0  siliconvalley  kevinrose  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  startup  founders  facebook 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
How Victoria's Secret Made Lingerie Mainstream - Newsweek
“The great thing that Wexner did was recognize the huge white space in the market that was unspoken for, and he brought in innovation,” says Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy in New Canaan, Conn. “He made sexy mainstream. That was his genius.” But Wexner, still a reserved Midwesterner who has been the chairman and CEO of the company—now known as Limited Brands and including brands such as Bath and Body Works, Pink, La Senza, and Henri Bendel—for more than 45 years, doesn’t see anything “genius” about it. “I didn’t invent anything. I didn’t invent the bra or stores or the name,” he says. “I just see things differently.” Still, when it comes to how women think about the most pragmatic items they wear, that’s made all the difference.
entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  retail  fashion 
january 2011 by asterisk2a
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