Archive for January, 2012

The Best Definition of Entrepreneurship

Monday, January 30th, 2012

An article in Inc. unpacks the following pithy definition from Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson: “Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.”

Read the rest here.

Youth Entrepreneurship in China

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Mariotti (right) with BESA winners

Steve Mariotti, Kaizen interviewee and founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), wrote about his experiences with young entrepreneurs at the Bright China Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (BESA) ceremony. “…These young people would most likely end up as low-income workers in factories. Through the NFTE/Bright China program, they were inspired to start their own businesses,” Mariotti said.

Read more here.

Related: “China’s Century?” by Michael Beckley [PDF].

Profiles in Liberty: Douglas B. Rasmussen

Friday, January 20th, 2012

In an extended interview, philosopher Douglas B. Rasmussen responds to a series of questions about his life and work.

Dr. Rasmussen is a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York. In addition to the books discussed in the interview, he is the author of articles in American Philosophical Quarterly, The Review of Metaphysics, International Philosophical Quarterly, and many scholarly anthologies.

Watch the interview at Dr. Stephen Hicks’s site.

Related: Stephen Hicks interviews Douglas Rasmussen about Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness.

Interview with Chan Luu

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Chan Luu is CEO of Chan Luu, Inc. Born and raised in Vietnam, Luu came to the USA for college in Boston before launching herself as a designer of jewelry and clothing in Los Angeles. Her designs are now carried by stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Banana Republic, as well as in high-end stores in London and Japan. We met with Chan Luu in L.A. to discuss entrepreneurship in the design business, how she combines creativity with bottom-line thinking, and the challenges of maintaining a successful enterprise in the fashion world.

Kaizen: Your designs have been worn by many Hollywood celebrities—Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Janet Jackson, and many others.

Luu: It has been happening for a long time and, of course, it’s always exciting.

Kaizen: But your story starts in Vietnam, where you were born. Where in Vietnam did you grow up?

Luu: I was born and raised in South Vietnam, in Nha Trang. I don’t know if you know that town. It’s more toward the center. It’s a seaside town, very beautiful. I was born and raised there. But mom and dad had business in Saigon, so I did go back and forth.

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Mary Mazzio Profiled in Forbes

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Kaizen interviewee Mary Mazzio was profiled last month in Forbes. The piece covers her various careers: Olympian, lawyer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.

Read the article here.

Read our in-depth interview with Ms. Mazzio here.

The Importance of Black Market Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Wired Magazine interviews author Robert Neuwirth on black market entrepreneurs. The underground economy, Neuwirth says, is the second-largest economy on Earth (after the U.S.) and is a major source of innovation.

Read the interview here.