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Start Up Culture Everywhere

Start Up Culture Everywhere | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Six things you can to increase innovation and productivty even where you work.
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Great article by my friend Jill Thomas cataloguing the various approaches to iterative thinking. As a past product designer, entrepreneur, and growth advisor, I can attest to how important this way of thinking is in today's fast moving world. You don't know until you try, and you have to be open to what you experience when you do. Go for it people!
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4 Steps To Realize The Power Of Business Networks

4 Steps To Realize The Power Of Business Networks | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
It has taken the business world a long time to figure out the value of each individual point of interaction throughout the business ecosystem. But, not everyone is catching on – at least, not yet.…
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Applying biological systems principals to business: “Ants aren’t smart, but ant colonies are.” By itself, an ant cannot survive. However, a whole community of ants can exchange findings and ideas with each other, connect the information, and then form a solution that helps ensure survival.
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Can B Corp Certification Help You Raise Capital?

Can B Corp Certification Help You Raise Capital? | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Will B Corp certification help or hurt your ability to raise capital?
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I just have to admit how much I love this; B-Corps going mainstream and targeted as high growth and high return investments thanks to their 'stakeholder returns'. Could the end of obsessive quarterly shareholder returns ushering in a return to deeper rooted value creation? Let's hope so!
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The Coming Era of Empathetic Entrepreneurship

A new business paradigm, in which management aims to to foster a better world, is rapidly taking hold.
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Empathy rising; gotta like it.
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When we were small: Whole Foods

When we were small: Whole Foods | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Founder and CEO John Mackey takes us back to the early years at what became a natural foods empire.
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Good insights around the fundamentals. Bottom line: focus on the people.

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Research Says: Women More Likely To Lead the Social Enterprise

Research Says: Women More Likely To Lead the Social Enterprise | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
  Study:  The State of Social Enterprise Survey 2013 (Social Enterprise UK, 2013) Finding: Social enterprises are attracting more female leaders and more leaders from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities than mainstream businesses. Note about The Woman Effect Research Index: This study was performed by researchers not affiliated with InPower Women. Our Research Index includes all relevant research…
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Women, entrepreneurship & impact. The link is clear: Women are leading the charge into social ventures.

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Investing with a Purpose: the San Francisco Bay Area Impact Investing Landscape

Investing with a Purpose: the San Francisco Bay Area Impact Investing Landscape | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Why is this trend so significant for the Silicon Valley area, you might ask? A recent article published by Sir Ronald Cohen, a man widely regarded as the “father of social investment”, created quite a stir when he stated that "social impact Investing is the new venture capital." Cohen argued that impact investing will play a transformative role in the future of our society, similar to the one venture capital has in the past
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Great to see ongoing progress in the impact investing space.
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5 Excellent Tips Every Startup Should Follow To Lure Investors

5 Excellent Tips Every Startup Should Follow To Lure Investors | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
These startup tips will prevent you from blowing your next big investor meeting.
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I like these, particularly the one about the leading the conversation. If you can't lead it now, how will you in a couple of years when they're sitting in your board?

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Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets

Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
If the ecosystem of social change were an orchestra, social enterprise would be an amped-up brass section drowning out all the other instruments and any semblance of nuance.
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Interesting in the recent light of Tesla giving away their patents. If an idea becomes ubiquitous, does it mean you lose or gain scale as an organization that is highly effective in delivering it? Are we seeing the end of competition and beginning of the open-source economy?
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High Net Worth Impaxt

High Net Worth Impaxt | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
World’s wealthy seek to make a positive social impact by investing time, money & expertise.
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This is a super encouraging tend. Bottom line: High Net Worth individuals, particularly those under 40, all over the world, are deeply committed to Social Impact.
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What can we do to protect and restore the ocean? - Virgin.com

What can we do to protect and restore the ocean?  - Virgin.com | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
It’s very positive to see President Obama’s propose vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuaries, which could have a huge positive impact for the ocean.Currently, less than 1% of the high seas are protected.
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Branson highlights the state of the oceans and some leading actions we can take to preserve our most critical natural asset. Entrepreneurs are waking up to the role business can have in realigning to long term ocean health as well. In particular, technology is opening powerful opportunities to track seafood - one of the key levers Branson cites, as well as connect fishermen more closely to their markets and encouraging them to fish for quality, not quantity. Land-based aquaculture is progressing quickly and is beginning to show promise as viable business. Next time you shop or dine, ask the question: "Where does this fish come from?"
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Corporate governance vital for business growth | Business News 2014-06-16

Corporate governance vital for business growth | Business News 2014-06-16 | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Corporate governance vital for small business growth | Business
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Couldn't agree more! Too many small business are ignoring the 'Capital Side' of their business structure, limiting their ability to convene high level strategic & fiduciary expertise and capital. A good board is the future of an organization and without one, is stuck operating only in its past and present.
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Report: Government Could Catalyze Growth in U.S. 'Impact Economy'

Report: Government Could Catalyze Growth in U.S. 'Impact Economy' | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Deloitte Consulting's GovLab lays out the reasons why, as well as how the federal government could spur growth and development of the U.S.
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Great to see the impact economy gaining traction with encouragement from Deloitte to the (US) Federal Gov to accelerate impact bonds, procurement and market making. Have we reached the "slope if enlightenment"?
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7 Tips to Keep Your Books Out of the Red

7 Tips to Keep Your Books Out of the Red | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
It’s inevitable that at some point your business is going to run into financial trouble… Even if you’re financially secure personally, and able to cover your businesses losses; that’s your money, not the business’s cashflow.
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Solid advice for managing cash flow. So much of running a growing business depends on close scrutiny of cash, and you can get it from a variety of places. Selling products at a discount "buys" you cash at rates sometimes well below what a credit card company will charge. Similarly, so does offering a discount on early payments of receivables. Every vendor is a lender (hey that rhymes!), with whom you can negotiate terms. It's called "vendor financing" and often is cheaper than other forms of credit. Finally, when planning for cash coverage, don't neglect to take your annual sales cycle into account, as many businesses have highs and lows over the year. You'll need enough cash and credit available to cover your longest (expected) slump, and should be confident you can pay it back through your sustained annual high point. Cash is all in the timing.
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What's the Right Burn Rate for Your Company?

What's the Right Burn Rate for Your Company? | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Here's a framework to help you determine how much money your startup should be spending each month.
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A Must Read for every entrepreneur managing growth, burn, valuation and capital. Read it.

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Harold Meyerson: The myth of maximizing shareholder value

Harold Meyerson: The myth of maximizing shareholder value | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
No law requires corporations to maximize returns to shareholders.
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There it is: The shift from Stakeholder capitalism to Shareholder capitalism. Corps are vehicles for value creation that should be tuned to maximizing total value (incl the planet), not just profit. Any other objective is fracking.
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More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough
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Helpful case study exploring the funding gap between social entrepreneurs and impact investors. Bottom line: focus in the traditional financial performance side of the equation in equal parts to the social mission.

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Food 3.0 & the Instacart anomaly

Food 3.0 & the Instacart anomaly | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The evolution in food startups seems to have bypassed Instacart’s broad, digital grocery store. But drill deeper and Instacart holds the potential to be the most powerful consumer-facing food ecosy...
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The future of food; how will you get yours? Fascinating to note the lack of Instacart's lack of brick and mortar cited as a key competitive advantage.

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The 'Sharing' Economy Deserves Celebration | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

The 'Sharing' Economy Deserves Celebration | @scoopit http://sco.lt/... | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
We've heard a lot lately about the “sharing economy” as well as the “collaborative economy” – two terms that are often used interchangeably but probably shouldn't be.
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Insightful article on the importance - and nuance - of the current generation of multi-sided marketplace apps like AirBnB, Etsy, Uber, etc. I call these Benign Aggregators: They convene large numbers of small, diffuse buyers and sellers in a way that captures the concentrated market power of old-school players (AirBnB renters can compete against Hilton), which is the source of their disruptive power. This to me is the most salient feature of the new economy, from concentrated value extraction to diffuse value maximization. Not quite sharing, but definitely more efficient and benign.
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The DNA Of Leadership: 3 Key People Every Successful Company Must Have

The DNA Of Leadership: 3 Key People Every Successful Company Must Have | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Success in business, of course, depends on so many factors. There are external drivers of success as well as internal ones. In this post I want to share with you one internal factor which I call the
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The holy trinity of leadership teams: The Dreamer, The Number Cruncher and The Doer. Which are you? Does your team have all three?

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The hi-tech tools emerging to help build a sustainable food system

The hi-tech tools emerging to help build a sustainable food system | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
From food apps to farm renewables and the rise of citizen science to prevent the honeybee's demise, open source tools are enabling a sustainable food future (Open-source hi-tech tools promote sustainable food system for all
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Air BnB for food. Have you connected w a farmer lately? The farm and our food system are ripe for a radical entrepreneurial makeover.
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Is creating co-dependent business ecosystems the new competitive advantage?

Is creating co-dependent business ecosystems the new competitive advantage? | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
When you buy a Nespresso coffee machine, you do not buy a coffee machine. You buy into a system of consumer benefits. Or what I would call an 'ecosystem 'of related offers. A system that is interconnected in that offers a range of products, services, options, experiences, tastes, aromas, rewards and benefits.
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Is your product an OS (Operating System)? Another good snapshot of the 'ecosystem' approach to positioning your product at the centre of a platform of value. Not suitable for every business for sure, but incredibly powerful for transaction and sharing platforms, and other pivotal value chain players.

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Start Up Culture Everywhere

Start Up Culture Everywhere | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Six things you can to increase innovation and productivty even where you work.
Matthew Quetton's insight:
Great article by my friend Jill Thomas cataloguing the various approaches to iterative thinking. As a past product designer, entrepreneur, and growth advisor, I can attest to how important this way of thinking is in today's fast moving world. You don't know until you try, and you have to be open to what you experience when you do. Go for it people!
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Tips for increasing innovation - something for communities that focus on startups on a practical level

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Catching up with some 'Start Up' culture and terminology...

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Tesla Motors: Please infringe on our patents for the greater good

Tesla Motors: Please infringe on our patents for the greater good | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The change represents a bold, altruistic declaration from the electric car maker, which will permit anyone to use its electric-vehicle technology, patents be damned.
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Talk about Breakthrough Strategy! Elon Musk is my hero. Seriously, this guy is an amazing visionary and entrepreneur. This move shows off what a fast moving, high growth firm can do to accelerate its position as a business platform. Opening the patents will encourage the growth of the whole business ecosystem of electric vehicles, to Tesla's benefit as well as ours.
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Who Are Social Entrepreneurs? How Will They Change the World? | The 7 Graces of Marketing - ethical marketing for social entrepreneurs

Who Are Social Entrepreneurs? How Will They Change the World? | The 7 Graces of Marketing - ethical marketing for social entrepreneurs | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Lynn Serafinn shares two definitions for the term ‘social entrepreneur’ and explains how they are already shifting the paradigm of business and marketing. (Why many business owners are 'social entrepreneurs' without consciously knowing it.
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Confused about 'Social Enterprise'? Then definitely don't read this! Reveals this nebulous phrase to be even more varied and nuanced than I thought. Bottom line: doing business for the good of others.
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Got a Business With a Good Cause? Good Luck Landing Capital.

Got a Business With a Good Cause? Good Luck Landing Capital. | Breakthrough Strategies and Business Systems for Visionary Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Small Businesses That Tackle Traditional Nonprofit Jobs Haven't Been Attracting Investment Cash
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A real problem in scaling social enterprise in bridging the capital gap: Impact investors claim a lack of deal flow, social entrepreneurs claim a lack of capital. This article points to some of the challenges. Bottom line: Show projected returns, both financial and impact and/or ability to service debt. While there are some good tools emerging for exhibiting pact outcomes like IRIS, SROI, Demonstrating Value, the problem is often exacerbated by the fact that impact investors often have unique and divergent ideas of what impact they're looking for and how they'd like to see it reported. No easy solution but requires that social entrepreneurs take their projections and reporting seriously and apply as much rigor as traditional ventures. Couple metrics to the narrative if you want to attract capital. They're betting on the future and need to see how you're going to get there and your progress toward it.
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