Archive for January, 2014

Unleash Your Inner Company — John Chisholm talk

Friday, January 31st, 2014

In this 20-minute “Unleash Your Inner Company” talk, entrepreneur John Chisholm (San Francisco) discusses:
* the values that motivate entrepreneurs; chisholm-john-headshot
* the mutually-reinforcing traits of passion and perseverance;
* finding unique customers needs;
* fitting those needs to one’s own uniqueness, strengths, and weakness;
* how entrepreneurs are leaders;
* his own entrepreneurial experiences;
* similarities and differences between major companies such as Apple, H-P, and IBM;
* and the ethics of entrepreneurship in contrast to predation and altruism.
Here also is the STAARRS doc [Word] that Chisholm uses as a self-assessment worksheet.

Chisholm’s talk is part of our Entrepreneurship and Values series. Other lecturers in the series include Alexei Marcoux, William Kline, Terry Noel, Robert Salvino, and me.

Cross-posted at StephenHicks.org.

CEE Review: Tulip bubbles, Elon Musk, African brain diaspora, and more

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

News and Opinion

Business Insider has 16 Genius Quotes From Eccentric Billionaire Elon Musk.

Gadget made by a 16-year-old entrepreneur could decrease your energy bills, reports Kira Newman for Tech Cocktail DC.

An entertaining bit of economic history: What caused the Dutch tulip bubble of 1637?

More history — the bad old days of Human Capital Development Theory: Stephen Hicks on “Collectivizing sex — Alexandra Kollontai’s communist version.”

African brain diaspora: “I want to start a business back home, but everything is political in Africa. If you don’t have connections, your business could be crushed and closed at any time by officials.” In “The Top 10 Fears of African Diaspora About Africa,” Mawuna Remarque Koutonin explains why most of the 30 million Africans who have left Africa are worried about returning home.

David Luhnow on the two Latin Americas: “A Continental Divide Between One Bloc That Favors State Controls and Another That Embraces Free Markets.”

Announcements

Matthew Flamm, a professor of philosophy at Rockford University, has a new book out:
George Santayana at 150: International Interpretations, edited by Matthew Caleb Flamm, Giuseppe Patella, and Jennifer A. Rea.

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Conference will be in Moscow, Russia, from March 17-20.

See you next time for with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy.

CEE Review: Honesty, Panama, Aid, and more

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

News and Opinion

Which cities are the most honest? Researchers “lost” 12 wallets in each of 16 cities around the world and counted how many were returned.

For three years, the city of Nashville required a minimum price of $45 for limo services. A court case led the city drop the requirement, opening the door for more transportation entrepreneurs and more affordable fares for customers.

McKinsey & Company’s top ten articles for 2013: Disruptive technologies, Big data, On-demand marketing, and more.

Interview with Surse Pierpoint: Entrepreneurial Logistics in Panama — the Panama Canal, the Free Trade Zone, and more.

In “Why entrepreneurship should start at school”, Rajeeb Dey argues that “The childish joy of learning for learning’s sake cannot be underestimated. But why stop there? After education comes the world of work …”

Paul Theroux on ending aid to Africa: 150 years of aid to Africa may have hurt more than it helped, argues Theroux. (1) If goods are provided free by foreigners, local small businesses cannot compete and go out of business. (2) Corrupt government is a huge problem — bribery, oppressive regulations, extortion, and theft on a grand scale are endemic. Instead: “the self-sufficiency of ordinary people” must be enabled.

A fun Wall Street Journal round-up of the future of wearable technology.

Announcements

Call for Abstracts: Defining Sport. 3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium: An interdisciplinary conference on the study of Sport. Date: April 25, 2014.

A Polish translation of Stephen Hicks’s Nietzsche and the Nazis will be published in March of 2014 by Foundation Fuhrmann.

See you next time with our digest of news in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy.

Nyad on swimming 100 miles from Cuba to Florida

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

“Never, ever give up.”

(Via Larry A.)

McKinsey & Company’s top ten articles for 2013

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Disruptive technologies, Big data, On-demand marketing, and more. Read the full list here.

Dey on why entrepreneurship should start at school

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

In “Why entrepreneurship should start at school”, Rajeeb Dey argues that “The childish joy of learning for learning’s sake cannot be underestimated. But why stop there? After education comes the world of work – and it’s about time we channelled that joy into the rest of our lives.”

The “Lost Wallet” Experiment: Honesty

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Which cities are the most honest?

Researchers “lost” 12 wallets in each of 16 cities around the world and counted how many were returned. The results:

the-wallet-experiment

(Via Stuart H.).

American entrepreneurial culture in India

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

In the New York Times, Sei Chong reports on how “American-Style Start-Ups Take Root in India.”

Related: Our Kaizen interview with Reena Kapoor, a marketing entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.