Archive for November, 2008

Ideas for low cost holiday marketing

Friday, November 28th, 2008

At Small Business Trends, marketing expert Ivana Taylor has twelve inexpensive ideas for marketing during the holiday season.

The auto industry’s broken culture

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

In light of a possible bailout for the auto industry, Bob Sutton gives an illuminating personal account of the mentality at General Motors: “I could list hundreds of management, cultural, and operational reasons why I believe that GM is such a flawed organization, but to me, a pair of root causes standout: Most of the senior executives — and many of the managers — are (1) clueless about what matters most and (2) suffer from a “no we can’t” mindset.” Two of his readers recount similar personal experiences here and here.

Top college entrepreneurship programs

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review rank the top colleges for entrepreneurship programs. The University of Houston, Babson College, Drexel University have the top three undergraduate programs. Among graduate programs Babson College ranks first, followed by DePaul University and the University of Southern California.

The importance of fostering entrepreneurship globally

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Tim Kane, Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, gave this speech at the launch event of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Seoul, South Korea. Key quote:

Let’s not listen to those who say entrepreneurs are crazy. Investors often see failure as an asset in your record—not a liability. To them, failure suggests a tolerance for risk, a perseverance to succeed and, most important, a passion to push the envelope. So don’t give up. Learn from every mistake. And at each step, seek out and capitalize on the resources available to you, of the monetary and human varieties.

As for the rest of us, it’s our imperative to support the new generation of entrepreneurs and keep the pipeline of innovative ideas full and flowing. Young entrepreneurs are the world’s greatest natural resource. Innovators and those who inspire, connect and mentor them will lead the way out of economic danger and toward greater prosperity for all of society.

Three Lessons for startups

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

At Small Business Trends, Anita Campbell offers three startup lessons she has learned while running her own business.

From fiction to fact: Bond movie gadgets

Monday, November 17th, 2008

With the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace out, Matt Bandyk proves that many technologies envisioned in the Bond movies can actually become available in real life.

NYC named top global city

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The Global Cities Index is a joint project of A.T. Kearney, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. In 2008 New York City ranks at the top, followed by London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The index evaluates cities based on five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.

Could you be a successful entrepreneur?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Find out by taking this fun quiz, developed by So you want to be an Entrepreneur? author Jon Gillespie-Brown. Part of the proceeds of the book go to the Gramen Foundation, an organization giving micro-loans to people in poor countries. You can read an interview with Gillespie-Brown here.

What are the biggest innovations in history?

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s program Teaching Innovation features some great resources for teaching the history of innovation, such as papers, lessons, and event audio and video. It includes a fascinating survey of the Top 25 Innovations in History, by Lawrence Husick who is a senior fellow at FPRI.

November 2008 issue of Kaizen

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The latest issue of Kaizen features an interview with Ed Snider, CEO of Comcast-Spectacor, the company that owns the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, the Wachovia Center, and several other sports-related businesses. Mr. Snider discusses his career as an entrepreneur in the world of sports and the strong connections between success in sports and success in life. Also featured are a letter from the Executive Director and more CEE-related news.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available for download here. We will post the full version of the interview with Mr. Snider soon.

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