Category Archives: Learning Issues

The Rocket Doesn’t Come With a Moral Compass

In a startup journey, founders learn practical business skills: how to raise money, manage people and burn rate, and launch and grow a product. They learn about their own abilities, tactics for managing their psychology, and how to stretch beyond what they believed they could do. But what about the liberal arts education that universities pride themselves on? The critical thinking skill that is considered to be the hallmark of a university education? What about empathy, morality, patience, humility, and discipline? Do startups teach these things? Read More>>

Understanding University Intellectual Policy and Commercialization

For many years, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Innovation Policy and the Economy Working Group has published research to understand incentives relative to university intellectual property (IP) policy and commercialization. Based upon their research, we now know incentive alignment counts – and through that lens – Bob Litan, former Vice President of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, and  Lisa Mitchell, the author of the research blog proposed the potential to drive a faster path to market with a little testing of policy.  Read More>>

A new study on the state of entrepreneurship in the U.S.

The Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship is an indicator of business growth in the United States, integrating several high-quality sources of timely information into one composite indicator of entrepreneurial business growth. The Index captures growth entrepreneurship in all industries, and is based on data covering the universe of all U.S. employer businesses (approximately 5 million firms) and a privately collected benchmark of growth businesses. This allows to measure business growth from both revenue and job growth perspectives. Moreover, present trends on business exits—more particularly initial public offerings, a business milestone commonly associated with innovative, high-growth companies are put forward.  Read More>>

Weak ties matter

In 1973, Stanford sociology professor Mark Granovetter published an empirical paper called The Strength of Weak Ties. Professor Granovetter is one of the pioneers of social network theory, and is “unofficially” short-listed for the Nobel Prize in Economics. His work influenced approaches to everything from analyzing links between virtual communities in Second Life to building strong product teams. Read More>>

Who has their hand on the tap of deal flow?

We are surrounded by the birth, growth and death of new ideas that feed the venture capital industry. Investors are aware of the connection between temperament and success as an entrepreneur, but they might not understand the way in which it affects the set of investment options. Many would-be student-entrepreneurs have a temperament that prevents them from being good at selling or justifying their ideas to others. Read More>>

The Next Amazon (Or Apple, Or GE) Is Probably Failing Right Now

Policy-makers concerned with entrepreneurship have long favoured the “shots on goal” approach: Try to encourage as many startups as possible. Most of those companies will fail. Of the survivors, most will never grow into major economic engines. But statistically, a few will turn out to be the next Amazon, with huge rewards for their local economies.
In theory, it is those ambitious companies that policy-makers should be working the hardest to foster. The problem is that no one has known how to identify them. Read More>>

What Startup Accelerators Really Do

Startup accelerators support early-stage, growth-driven companies through education, mentorship, and financing. They are commonly misunderstood with other institutions supporting early-stage startups, such as incubators, angel investors, and early-stage venture capitalists.
Accelerators are playing an increasing role in startup communities and evidences have demonstrated the significant potential of accelerators to improve startups’ outcomes. Read More>>

Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future

The Rice University in Houston offers academic courses in entrepreneurship strategy and financing, extracurricular start-up workshops and a summer program for students seeking to start companies. It recently announced a multimillion-dollar “entrepreneurship initiative” to develop more courses and programs in the subject. Even Princeton offers a variety of entrepreneurship courses and Harvard opened an Innovation Lab in 2011 that has helped start more than 75 companies. Read More>>

A beginner’s guide to display advertising

Display ads are the boxes on websites. They can be along the top of web pages such as the traditional banner ad, or the larger text billboard, they can also be videos. There are countless combinations of formats, sizes, and styles, allowing you to mix it up which illustrates the flexibility of display ads.

Display ads also travel far. The search giants can match your ads up to websites and apps based on keywords or your own targeting preferences. They’re also fairly straightforward to measure. Display advertising analytics allow you to track the number of clicks, impressions and conversions the ad has generated in real-time, giving you an up-to-date picture of what is resonating with consumers. Read More>>

The Incubator School: E Is For Experimental & Entrepreneur

The Incubator School is a technology and entrepreneurship driven middle school that is creating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs today. The principal and staff are people are clearly committed to an extraordinary vision that is relevant, innovative and one that is fostering kids to make an impact.

Sujata Bhatt, the founder is completely hands on as one of the sixth grade teachers. She came up with the idea for the school while working as an advisor for a New York start-up aiming to develop a science application for the iPad. The young entrepreneurs — many of them in their 20s who already had started their own firms — inspired her to think about how to refashion teaching to better prepare students for the accelerated advances in the digital world. Read More>>