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Universities Embracing ‘Incubators’ Role with Tech Start-ups

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 "Hundreds of US colleges and universities have created incubators, aiming to provide a different kind of educational experience, and a chance for a successful company."


 

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Just before graduating from the University of Michigan, Calvin Schemanski began his start-up.

 

With two classmates, he got free office space on campus and $7,500 in funding from the university’s student startup accelerator, TechArb.

 

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 “there is a good support network” of professors and mentors to help students and new graduates get their startups going."

    

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The project, a restaurant recommendation app called MyFab5 using a “favorites” formula, is now preparing a national launch.

 

The project is among dozens at Michigan and thousands across the United States getting help from “incubators” at US colleges and universities, often with a dream of launching the new Facebook or Google.

 

“There’s a real spark of entrepreneurship on campus,” said Schemanski, who graduated in 2012 with a business degree.

 

...The 23-year-old, who had begun his own pedicab service as a freshman, acknowledged that “it’s definitely a sacrifice” to work nights and weekends on these projects while other students attend parties and football games."

 

But he said “there is a good support network” of professors and mentors to help students and new graduates get their startups going."

 

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From Pedi Cabs to Restaurent Apps.. this U of M grad is one to watch.

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Universities have been seen as staid, behind the times ivory towers.  With declining state funding at publics & escalating costs everwhere, there is an entrepreneurial spirit entering the academic halls, and this is witness to it. ~  D

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Facebook makes targeting smartphones top priority - Phys.Org

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AFPFacebook makes targeting smartphones top priorityPhys.OrgFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 conference on September 11, in San Francisco.
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Deepening Engagement, One Drawing at a Time

Deepening Engagement, One Drawing at a Time | The Social World of the Non Profit | Scoop.it
Note from Beth: Just as I was leaving for Cambodia,  there was a great discussion within a comment thread over on my blog brand page on Facebook in reaction to post about the HSUS Facebook post that went viral.

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Packaging Your Budget For Donors, Series: #1 – The Principles ...

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Connecting the donor to their passion point..

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Using Twitter For Business Networking And Driving Blog Traffic

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Using Twitter For Business Networking And Driving Blog Traffic The old Twitter joke about people saying what they had for breakfast in their tweets has a little truth to it, but failing to grasp th...
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Cautionary News: Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities - AsiaOne

Cautionary News: Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities - AsiaOne | The Social World of the Non Profit | Scoop.it

"Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities" ~ Sep 11, 2012

 

On a day that the USA remembers terrorist acts, it's also useful to also remember what is going on in the world in some of our most impoverished areas of the world, where non-profits, NGOs hope to make a difference.

 

According to this post, thousands of charities are being shut down in Bangladesh over the past 3 years, attributed to power moves.  (See the Peter Drucker "There's no such thing as leadership" article for how effective that really is, long term.)

 

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Bangladesh has revoked licences for more than 6,000 charities over the last three years, an official said Tuesday, in a policy that critics slammed as a government attempt to extend its powers.

 

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"The government increasingly acts as though it is interested in controlling the NGO sector to a minute level detail, which will only stifle civil society activity."

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Masud Rana, spokesman for the social services department, said the licences for non-government organisations (NGOs) were withdrawn after charities were found to have collapsed or have changed their area of work.

 

"Most of these NGOs were sitting idle doing nothing or doing things other than they were permitted," Rana told AFP.

 

But the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) group said the closures were a deliberate move by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.

 

"This is just a smoke screen to exert political control over civil society," said Brad Adams, Asia director at the HRW.

 

"The government increasingly acts as though it is interested in controlling the NGO sector to a minute level detail, which will only stifle civil society activity."

 

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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 14, 2012 11:02 AM
This is a very terrible act to cancel all these charitable institutions. Politics is in the air again, controlling the lives of people. It is bad enough that we have war in these districts, but what is worst is the fact that they all seem not to care for the those who have least in life.
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There is no such thing as leadership – Peter Drucker classic, Change Leadership?

There is no such thing as leadership – Peter Drucker classic, Change Leadership? | The Social World of the Non Profit | Scoop.it

Wes Balda has written a compelling piece on Peter Drucker and our overwrought attention to defining leadership, which is timely, seeing the new Pew report on negative media and presidental election coverage.

 

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At lunch one day, [Wes] asked Peter to define leadership. He snorted in response, “There is no such thing as leadership.”

 

He defended this by claiming it couldn’t be defined. He stressed that leaders were only labeled thus because they had followers.

 

“At best, leadership may be a dimension of management,” he said, “and leaders could be identified because their actions were predictable, or perhaps trustworthy.”

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Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments.
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...Max DePree identified an important concept – the absence of power. Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments.


Results are achieved around or beyond the use of power. “Leading without power” may be the only way leadership works. By definition, then, using power in leading is not leading at all.

 

DN:  Perhaps it's just coercion, or intimidation.  From another article excerpted here, from Forbes, note the diagrammed split of leadership and management tools and the placement of "power tools."


So, when Drucker says leaders are only defined by the presence of followers, I believe he means that these followers first exist – and that they are absolutely free from all constraints in choosing to follow.


A well known video on being the first follower helps illustrate this point.

 

Power is absent, and the decision to follow creates the ultimate democracy. (Drucker, incidentally, was even more focused on civil society after Sept. 11, 2001.)


Read the full article here.

 

Photo credit:  by Jeff McNeill, Flickr.com CC


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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 6, 2012 9:28 AM
In any organization, there will always be leaders and followers. It is true that many people hate the fact that they are just simple followers, the main reason why they often time make nasty comments about these leaders.But, despite all these negative comments, a true leader should never be onion-skinned, and should stand firm on what he believes is right and advantageous for the majority, regardless of any negative opinions.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, September 10, 2012 9:54 AM
@Victoria, thanks for your comment. It is true that "leaders" must have thick skins. Drucker's point, I believe, is that followers define the leaders, and that leaders may, in many, even most cases be an artifact of management, rather than the magical status we've given them over the years.

Indeed, where would Gandi, Nelson Mandela, Washington and Lincoln be without their first followers and the followings that emerged to turn the tides of public opinion to make significant changes in our histories.

It's a provocative article and I'm glad that people are rescooping it. ~ Deb
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The Purchasing Coach: The meaning of the communication is the response that you get

The Purchasing Coach: The meaning of the communication is the response that you get | The Social World of the Non Profit | Scoop.it
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