While secretly wanting to be an entrepreneur but working at Electronic Arts, I would sometimes sneak out early and jet to Stanford campus to crash Steve Blank’s entrepreneurial lecture series.
ENTREPRENEURS ARE ARTISTS
Entrepreneurs must have vision and passion to lead the team into battle. “One of the wonderful things about entrepreneurship is you have to believe. If you don’t believe and you quiver, everyone else behind you will crack. When you’re a founder you’re an artist.” You see something and then recruit a group to show it to (and build it). If you don’t have that vision and passion then you can’t recruit a team to get there with you.”
But as entrepreneurs fail and the product vision changes, doubt can set in. Almost all initial ideas and hypothesis are wrong. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and many others started as a company building something other what ended up being their big ticket. The key is understanding Blank’s Customer Development process. As you “get out of the office” and test the early product with actual customers, you can refine and solidify the idea with real data that confirms and morphs the vision that you had from the beginning. This is precisely what The Startups Owner’s Manual teaches entrepreneurs.
Check out a roundup of the startups we profiled this week in World at Work, Mashable's new series.
In our new series, The World at Work, Mashable interviews the faces behind the companies that are working to make a global impact.
Using the power of digital, these five companies have empowered citizens in need, rewarded innovation and created uniquely shareable tools that are key in affecting real change. Although they range in issues from education to sustainability, the one thing that all of these companies have in common is the drive and passion of those at the helm.
J&L is an eco-friendly enterprise that showcases the Filipino innovation of plant leatherization, a process that turns pesky weeds like the water hyacinth into a leather-like material, which J&L then transforms into fashionable and functional statement handbags.
J&L also employs low-income workers to help support the economic independence of several rural communities in the Philippines. And now J&L wants to increase production capacity and tell the stories of the inspiring people making their bags. They’ve just launched their first crowdsourcing campaign: #liveastoryworthtelling through IndieGoGo.
City Center Apartments resides in the HEART of the downtown. The residents there were there first . and they desire have inputs in what is happening around them.
When I get back from Denver & after BAGB I will begin planning regular meetings for our residents in our courtyard area - to include discussions about happenings in downtown, as well as our developing our own community garden ;) Lesley Perceval
TED Talks Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
Famed investor Peter Thiel is teaching a startup class in the computer science department at Stanford University . Students in Peter Thiel's CS183 class can expect to learn about the following, according to the class...
Inner accounts from the early days of startups including PayPal, Google and Facebook will be used as case studies. The class will be taught by entrepreneurs who have started companies worth over $1B and VCs who have invested in startups including Facebook and Spotify. Students can expect to be proficient in the core skills critical to the founding and growing of a tech company upon completion of this course.
Pawel Szymczykowski’s /usr/lib/ (pronounced “user lib,” short for “user library”) is one of them. Located on the second floor of Emergency Arts downtown, /usr/lib/ is a multi-use space designed to provide people with resources, a place to work and space to hold meetings or special events. It is scheduled to open sometime this month, but has already been the site of events during the construction and design phase.
“You could say it’s a more social library, one with less shushing,” Szymczykowski says.
For the library component, Szymczykowski has acquired nearly 1,000 books. Some are technical resource manuals, others are business focused and still more are general interest publications meant to amuse or inspire. They will be housed on bookshelves purchased from the closed Borders bookstores, which Szymczykowski finds oddly fitting
GK and HFHP are both raising funds for their housing developments in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City to help those who lost their homes due to Typhoon Sendong. CBF, on the other hand, aims to transform communities in key biodiversity areas into becoming more effective stewards of the environment while PTF spearheads a massive campaign to save the Philippine tarsier and preserve its habitat.
“What Globe does is plant a seed of potential for the communities to grow into positive change. Run4Home, though a Globe initiative, can only be made successful with the help of our partner beneficiaries, subscribers and communities,” shared Globe Corporate Communications Head Yoly C. Crisanto. “The R335,000 raised for the beneficiaries is truly a successful milestone that everyone who participated deserves credit for.”
We provide a platform for early stage companies to pitch to and gain feedback from a community of invested individuals.
More than just a fundraising platform for startups, Unfundable allows everyday people to provide valuable feedback in a company’s earliest stages and then actually invest in the company alongside the founders. Potential ventures post their idea to the site and as they move through Unfundable’s proprietary screening process, they receive valuable suggestions and questions to help validate their business. When our members feel the idea is fully formed and ready to launch, they provide the needed seed capital and receive equity in return.
"What a great weekend. We're watching 20 teams pitch their start-up ideas at Triangle Startup Weekend 2012, hosted at NC State University this weekend. ..."
The winner: Truxie, a mobile app to help food trucks and their customers process payments and place orders online, in line. Being born out of a first place win at Triangle Startup Weekend 2011, YardSprout was proud to co-sponsor of this year’s event. Our task was to source healthy “Hacker Snacks” for the 100+ participants working through the long hours of the weekend.
President Obama signed the JOBS Act Thursday, April 5, 2012, and called the law -- aimed at helping startup firms raise capital -- a "game-changer." Opponents said the law rolls back investor protections.
Agriculture, Food and Rural Business: Hapinoy, Philippines: The Hapinoy Store Program focuses on the sari-sari stores in the Philippines (sari-sari is the Filipino word for “many or various kinds”), small neighbourhood convenience stores that sell various things, mostly basic commodities. The Program starts with the infusion of capital (through the resources of the microfinance institution program partner) to and conversion of an existing sari-sari store in a specific town to a Lead Store or in Hapinoy terms, a Community Store. Hapinoy’s ability to reach the “last mile” through its distribution network significantly impacts the lives of multiple stakeholders, including sari-sari storeowners, small producers and consumers.
The goal, said Rick Foster, director of MSU’s Greening Michigan Institute, is to make Detroit the center of a worldwide research effort devoted to growing food inside cities as a way to get fresh food to urban residents and to put vacant urban land...
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