What kind of rejection is good for entrepreneurs?

As a founder, expect rejection. But above all, learn from every single “no” you get. All entrepreneurs experience it and building up resilience is the only way forward. Hearing “no” is a daily routine for entrepreneurs. They hear it over lunch, dinner, over the phone, from someone leaving a meeting early or even from their friends over …

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10 books you must read before starting a business

All entrepreneurs make mistakes. Quite often mistakes lead to wasted opportunities, time and even money. But in fact, mistakes are part of the excitement of doing it. Otherwise it would just be a dull and easy exercise. Anybody would be able to do it. Knowing that you are outsmarting the challenges is a huge thrill …

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Reducing innovation failure

Most of us are scared of failing. It’s normal and if you haven’t experienced it yet, trust me you are not doing anything worth your own time. Fear of failing can be immobilizing, and stop you from doing anything at all, from moving forward. I will do my best to be crystal clear. If a …

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Three main reasons for startup failure

Peter Drucker, also known as the founder of modern management, said that “if an organisation is not able to innovate, it faces decline and extinction.” Nowadays, in this era of fast-paced change, new technologies and disruption, this remains true. Innovation is one of the key drivers for business creation. Only those who are able to …

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Traits of High Potential Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs can change the way we live and work, and have the potential of improving our standards of living and creating social change. Research also suggests that entrepreneurship is the most effective way of integrating minorities and those who feel alienated, promoting a well-composed plural society. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, high potential entrepreneurs create, on average, 3 to 15 times more jobs than other entrepreneurs. In fact, it is estimated that these entrepreneurs create as much as 38% of all jobs in an economy.

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Business Models Explained

New Venture founders throw around several terms when discussing their startups and planning for success. One of these terms is “Business Model”. It is one of those things we recognise but aren’t really able to define. Michael Lewis goes further by saying that business models are like art in his book entitled “The New New …

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Purpose: success driver for entrepreneurs or just a fad?

Starting a venture can be extremely rewarding; financially, emotionally and psychologically. However, successful entrepreneurs endure weeks, months and even years of preparation before launching their venture. Recurring obstacles provide growth, change and improvement opportunities. This preparation work is extremely challenging as it is often unrecognised. It is also very hard to understand whether the venture …

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What does “startup” mean?

Nowadays the term “startup” is thrown around quite a lot. Not understanding what this term means can have extremely negative consequences on the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It also deeply affects the long-term success (read: survival) of the venture. I argue that a first-time entrepreneur must be able to clearly identify the nature of his/her own venture, …

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Check if you are an entrepreneur.

I want to start by being blunt. Starting a company from scratch is not easy. Actually, let me rephrase that. Starting a company is hard. Think about it. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it, right? Also, being an innovation consultant providing services for startups and SMES, I would be out of work. …

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What it takes to be an entrepreneur. Really!

Are you thinking of becoming an entrepreneur? Great! Have you been thinking of becoming an entrepreneur for a long time? Even better! I hope that I can help you clarify if entrepreneurship and innovation are for you and, if so, how to start. There are several reasons stopping people from becoming entrepreneurs as well as several …

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