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Agents encouraged to target the '50-plus adventuress' market

Travel agents should target women aged 50-plus who are increasingly looking to travel solo or with friends, according to a new study.
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David Winterton's curator insight, September 2, 2016 5:56 AM

Our friends at Silver Travel Advisor are spot on. 

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Design School vs Harvard MBA: which is harder?

Design School vs Harvard MBA:  which is harder? | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A couple months ago I was sitting at Harvard Business School describing Daily Grommet to an investor.  When she learned I was an alum of the school, she asked me about my MBA experience.  I casuall...
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Good question for #entrepreneurs wanting to do #startups right.

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Aiming To Bridge The Gap Between Startups & Investors; Entrepreneurship Evangelist Prajakt Raut Launches Applyifi.com - Inc42 Magazine

Aiming To Bridge The Gap Between Startups & Investors; Entrepreneurship Evangelist Prajakt Raut Launches Applyifi.com - Inc42 Magazine | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

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Aiming to nurture and mentor early stage ventures and to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and potential investors, entrepreneurship evangelist and startup mentor Prajakt Raut has announced the launch of Applyifi.com. It is a private platform for startups and early-stage companies to create a comprehensive and elegant online investor pitch deck and get funded.

Speaking on the launch, Prajakt Raut said, “We want to make it easier for startups to reach potential investors. Also, we wanted to significantly expand the angel investor community in the country by making it possible for senior professionals, recently successful entrepreneurs and HNIs to discover curated and assessed startups that they can co-invest in.”

Read more here: http://snip.ly/G7UT

 

 

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Applyifi is helping #startup #founders think through the details of how to do it.....great ideas.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 11, 2015 10:01 AM

This initiative will help investors sort through the multitudes of startups pitching them, and also help the startups make better presentations with a thorough assessment.

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Move Over Tech Startups: Food Startups Are the Ones to Watch

Move Over Tech Startups: Food Startups Are the Ones to Watch | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
You don't need an iPhone 6 to walk into a grocery store and pick up an innovative, sustainable food product. The rapid increase in the amount of funding, pitch events and acquisitions in food point to a clear frenzy at the top for food startups....

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Food is hot....no question about it, particularly here in Portland, Oregon. Good food ideas are getting noticed right and left!

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How to fundraise on Facebook

How to fundraise on Facebook | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Raising money on social media can be daunting since there are so many demands for people’s attention. Here are some tips from the experts
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Social enterprises / entrepreneurs need every trick in the book to raise funds. Take a look at this piece on how to use Facebook.

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KIND Bar Founder: Social Entrepreneur and Leader - Fox Business

KIND Bar Founder: Social Entrepreneur and Leader - Fox Business | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
KIND Healthy Snacks, the fastest growing purveyor of healthy snacks in the US, also has a social mission of making the world a kinder place.
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Kennedy School To Create New 'Social Enterprise Incubator' - Harvard Crimson

Kennedy School To Create New 'Social Enterprise Incubator' - Harvard Crimson | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Kennedy School To Create New 'Social Enterprise Incubator' Harvard Crimson As it revisits major aspects of its curriculum in conjunction with its capital campaign, the Kennedy School of Government is in the early stages of creating a new “social...

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Social Innovation is spreading....

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50Plus Jobs - facing reality, solving our own problems as entrepreneurs

50Plus Jobs - facing reality, solving our own problems as entrepreneurs | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

Let me begin this post by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. Noelle and I are starting our second year here in Portland, Oregon. 2016 promises to be an important year for us, hopefully for you as well.

Peak of Mt Hood summer 2015

During this past year, after a long period of teaching millennials how to
develop, refine, and implement new business ideas, I began to shift the
focus of this blog away from the needs of millennials to take time to build
a deeper understanding of the needs of the 50Plus demographic. My last post of 2015 concluded that entrepreneurship is not going to be a choice, rather a necessity, going forward for many in the 50Plus cohort. We are a unique and sizable group numbering over 110 million in the US alone. Thanks to advancements in medical science and an improved understanding of healthy living, we are going to live longer than any of us could have ever imagined during our early working years. That’s the good news! The bad news is the state of our collective finances. A recent report from BlackRock, the largest manager of retirement assets in the US, provides data on our likely future financial position.  These data were taken from the results of a survey of over 4,000 Americans, collected as part of a larger annual global study. Their conclusion is this: 71% of Baby Boomers, the 52-70 year old slice of 50Plus demographic by yearend 2016, are worried about their ability to afford retirement. On average we expect $45,500 a year in retirement income but only have assets of $136,200 set aside today.These assets are likely to produce, at best, only $9,129 per year. That is a huge $37,000 per year shortfall!  Can that gap be closed? My gut says that the "job market" cannot and will not be able to help us with the significant boost we will need in order to achieve that outcome! At best a lucky few will close the “retirement financing gap” through a job created by someone else.

Two articles this past week focused on the state of the job market for the
50Plus demographic, confirming that the employment outlook for 50Plus
individuals is weak in spite of a six plus year economic recovery. The
first report came from Patricia Cohen, in the NY Times, entitled Over 50,
Female and Jobless Even as Others Return to Work. Patricia tells the
personal stories of a number of 50Plus women struggling in the current job market. She goes on to cite a US Federal Reserve report and highlights data on 50Plus women trying to return to the workforce after significant time out of it. Today 50% of the women in the 55 to 65 age bracket are classified as “long-term unemployed”, which is double the figure from 2006 for the same age group for women. The situation is better for 50Plus men, but only by a slim margin.

The second article is One Laid-Off Boomer’s Job Hunt: Too Old For This?  by Kevin Kusinitz, a talented 50Plus writer on the NPR website next avenue. Kevin chronicles his own experiences in the past three years looking for jobs. He focuses specifically on the absurdity of in-person interviews, demonstrating the many ways in which the deck is stacked against 50Plus applicants. The bottom line? He hasn’t had any luck. Granted he represents a lone data point, but if you want more anecdotal evidence just read the 1,400 combined comments from both his and Cohen's articles left by 50Plus individuals with painfully similar experiences.

It is clear to me that we can’t hold our breath waiting for others to
create enough jobs to put all the 50Plus individuals who want to close a
“retirement financing gap,” or who just want a cushion of some extra cash, back to work. This brings me back to my main message in my last few blog posts of 2015. The only shot many of us have is to begin to think
entrepreneurially and ask how can we solve this for ourselves. The
government and corporate America certainly aren’t going to save us.

I will be launching a new website in January or early February to help
fellow 50Plus individuals recognize their inner entrepreneur and to
understand ways in which we can leverage our years of experience, deep
knowledge and talents to generate new income for ourselves without risking the capital that we do have. All it will take is our time and a willingness to try. We can do it!

Stay tuned.....

All comments are welcome. If you would rather comment privately, e-mail me at weg3@mac.com. Looking forward to hearing any thoughts / suggestions on where I am going with this. 

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This is part of a now 5 article series on the state of the finances of the 50Plus demographic. Check it out at my website :http://www.wgordon3.com/serendipity/2016/1/4/50plus-entrepreneurship

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Guy Kawasaki's Social Media Insights for Small Businesses

Guy Kawasaki's Social Media Insights for Small Businesses | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of today's most powerful voices in entrepreneurship reveals his tips for an effective social media strategy.

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Building authority instead of always selling is important in a social media strategy!

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Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 2 –Watch it Grow | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 2 –Watch it Grow | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
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Lots of activity in the collaborative / sharing economy. @jowyang keeps updating his "honeycomb" graphic to show the growth. Worth printing out!

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This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year

This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Why plant one tree when a drone can shoot pregerminated seed pods at the ground without you lifting a finger?
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The Drones are coming.....this one is really interesting!

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6 Steps to Becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur - Entrepreneur

6 Steps to Becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur - Entrepreneur | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The potential to make a comfortable living online, without a physical storefront or product, is increasingly possible for those willing to carve out a niche.
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Figuring out how to use entrepreneurship to support a lifestyle is something more people need to consider - it can be done.

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Ugandan Entrepreneur Creates Education Opportunity for Girls - Voice of America

Ugandan Entrepreneur Creates Education Opportunity for Girls - Voice of America | Innovation For Entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Ugandan entrepreneur Beatrice Ayuru said her dream of providing a quality education for girls, who are often denied this basic right, has become a reality for thousands. But, she said advancing th...
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