Posts Tagged Entrepreneur

Banking, insurance, and the wonderful world of FinTech startups

The phrase “Banking is essential; banks are not” is often attributed to Bill Gates. While predictions about the death of banks seem very exaggerated, the world of finance and banking is undergoing a revolution led by financial technology (FinTech) innovations. It is common nowadays to read press releases about successful startups or new investments related to FinTech. Innovation exists in […]

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The five barriers to increased productivity

Improve productivity

The need for efficiency and productivity seems like a no-brainer. In engineering classes, media, and even fiction books (e.g. The Goal), increased productivity for companies and organizations has been emphasized, analyzed and taught in detail. The ability to improve work processes, manufacture just in time, achieve operational efficiency and optimize inventory levels allows companies to decrease costs and become more […]

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What makes an all-star startup board fail?

Innovative companies that revolutionized their industries, acquired large user bases, and disrupted marketplaces, only to fail spectacularly afterwards, make the most interesting stories. Friendster may enter the Hall of Fame of such companies. Friendster was a social network pioneer that enabled users to view profiles and connect with strangers, along with other features. It acquired a large user base, raised […]

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The art of finding business startup ideas

  Wouldn’t it be great if it were easy for entrepreneurs to generate business startup ideas worth pursuing? While everybody agrees that execution is crucial, generating great ideas is equally important: no founder could seriously expect investments when pitching poor initiatives. Finding ideas may be easy for some; however, generating impactful initiatives that justify several years of hard labor and capital […]

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Are the Freemium business model days over?

About 3 years ago, the world witnessed the geek equivalent of a cat fight between Madonna and Lady Gaga. The participants were leading digital-age celebrities: Chris Anderson (The former editor of Wired and author of The Long Tail), Malcolm Gladwell (an admired columnist at The New Yorker and a best-selling Author), Seth Godin (a well known marketing guru), and Mark […]

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What entrepreneurs should learn from professional athletes

During the London Olympic Games, many commentators tried to analyze what enabled certain athletes to win and others to lose, and what key factors contributed to the victors’ success. Likewise, we can analyze the factors of success in the startup community. What distinguishes a venture that ultimately gets a double-spread article in a well-known magazine, with a title such as: […]

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