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The Entrepreneur's Profit Model: A Diagnostic Tool
The Entrepreneur's Profit Model: A Diagnostic Tool
Entrepreneurs usually understand that profit is important. But many are less consciously aware of the actual model by which they will (or will not) make money in their ventures. Many have a gut feel, Read More...
How Quickly Should Entrepreneurs Pursue Opportunities? Insights from the Mining Industry
How Quickly Should Entrepreneurs Pursue Opportunities? Insights from the Mining Industry
History is filled with stories about people who lament that they passed too quickly on an opportunity that later hit it big, or that stayed too long with a losing enterprise. Entrepreneurs, who are Read More...
Author: Dean Shepherd
My Entrepreneurship Journey: Ireland to the Middle East and America
My Entrepreneurship Journey: Ireland to the Middle East and America
I grew up in Ireland, and my family hails from Ballyhaunis in County Mayo. Dad was a small business owner, who used his trusty cab to provide service to our neighbors. Dad provided my first exposure Read More...
The Perils of Seeking Financing at the Wrong Time
The Perils of Seeking Financing at the Wrong Time
The timing of external funding for a new venture can have dramatic impact on its survival and success. In the case of equity financing (i.e., preferred and/or common stock), seeking funding before Read More...
Investing in Capabilities and Reputation Pays Off for VC Firms
Investing in Capabilities and Reputation Pays Off for VC Firms
New venture capital firms must make a variety of strategic decisions about market positioning and relationships with the entrepreneurs in their portfolio. One choice VC firms must make is whether to Read More...
Author: David Hsu
How Strategy and Industry Should Shape Your Choice of Co-Founders
How Strategy and Industry Should Shape Your Choice of Co-Founders
Entrepreneurs who want to turn a great idea into a thriving business inevitably need a team that can make it happen. What increases their odds of a successful venture: hiring mainly technical experts Read More...
'Home Field Advantage' Works in Business as well as Baseball
'Home Field Advantage' Works in Business as well as Baseball
Entrepreneurs with great ideas often feel they must pull up stakes and move to a region that is known as a hub for their specific industry.  But research that we published in 2012 suggests that Read More...
The 'Fredo Factor:' How Deadbeats and Troublemakers Hurt Family Businesses
The 'Fredo Factor:' How Deadbeats and Troublemakers Hurt Family Businesses
The Corleones of "Godfather" fame are an extreme example of a “family business.” But like many family businesses, they have a family member who is a serious hindrance to their business, is less Read More...
Science Parks Connect Entrepreneurs and Public Resources in Emerging Economies
Science Parks Connect Entrepreneurs and Public Resources in Emerging Economies
Unlike the US, most developing countries lack the regulatory and financial infrastructure needed to help promote entrepreneurship. Private resources such as venture capitalists, angel investors and Read More...
How New Businesses Can Improve Their Chances of Survival
How New Businesses Can Improve Their Chances of Survival
More than five decades ago, celebrated sociologist Arthur Stinchcombe coined the term “liability of newness” to depict the disadvantages that new organizations face: they often appear less Read More...

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