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"Let’s put it differently. Many people today find it easy to use the vocabulary of entrepreneurialism, whether they are in business or social entrepreneurs. This is a utilitarian vocabulary. How can I serve the greatest number? How can I most productively apply my talents to the problems of the world? It’s about resource allocation. People are less good at using the vocabulary of moral evaluation, which is less about what sort of career path you choose than what sort of person you are. In whatever field you go into, you will face greed, frustration and failure. You may find your life challenged by depression, alcoholism, infidelity, your own stupidity and self-indulgence. So how should you structure your soul to prepare for this? Simply working at Amnesty International instead of McKinsey is not necessarily going to help you with these primal character tests. "
work  labor  language  rhetoric  vision  entrepreneur  economics 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Enough with the news-reader apps – it’s time to support media that really matters | PandoDaily
"Finding content on the Web is not a serious problem. It’s a leisure problem – as in, it’s only really applicable to someone who has too much leisure time."
news  online  internet  business  venture-capital  entrepreneur  journalism  media  investment 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Entrepreneur of 2012: Limor Fried |
"Recognizable by her signature vivid-pink locks, Fried (or Ladyada, as she is known on the internet) is one of the dominant forces behind the maker movement--a legion of do-it-yourself-minded folks who create cool things by tweaking everyday technology."
entrepreneur  2012  award  makers  online  electronics  engineering  amateur 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Blake Masters
"Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 6 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. This class was kind of a crash course in VC financing."
business  startup  monopoly  capitalism  competition  entrepreneur  technology 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas
"This phenomenon is one of the most important things you can understand about startups. You'd expect big startup ideas to be attractive, but actually they tend to repel you. And that has a bunch of consequences. It means these ideas are invisible to most people who try to think of startup ideas, because their subconscious filters them out. Even the most ambitious people are probably best off approaching them obliquely."
business  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  startup  ideas  inspiration 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Collaborative
The Collaborative is the largest membership organization in Minnesota serving growing and emerging companies, entrepreneurs, investors and executives. For over 20 years, The Collaborative has served as a proven resource for growing companies, providing real-life, quality content and networking while also fueling and convening Minnesota's innovation economy.
minnesota  business  innovation  entrepreneur  professional-association 
february 2010 by tsuomela
How to succeed as an entrepreneur : The New Yorker
In a recent study “From Predators to Icons,” the French scholars Michel Villette and Chatherine Vuillermot set out to uncover what successful entrepreneurs have in common. They present case histories of businessmen who built their own empires—ranging from Sam Walton of Wal-Mart, to Bernard Arnault, of the luxury-goods conglomerate L.V.M.H.—and chart what they consider the typical course of a successful entrepreneur’s career. The truly successful businessman, in Villette and Vuillermot’s telling, is anything but a risk-taker. He is a predator, and predators seek to incur the least risk possible while hunting. Would we so revere risk-taking if we realized that the people who are supposedly taking bold risks in the cause of entrepreneurship are actually doing no such thing?
entrepreneur  business  mythology  risk  perception 
january 2010 by tsuomela
An International Comparison of Small Business Employment - CEPR
Contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other countries at a comparable level of economic development, according to this new CEPR report. The authors observe that the undersized U.S. small business sector is consistent with the view that high health care costs discourage small business formation, since start-ups in other countries can tap into government-funded health care systems.
business  employment  entrepreneur  small-business  international  comparison  comparative  statistics  health-care  startup 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Robert Paterson's Weblog: The Freelance Life - Security and Peace of Mind - Why these cannot exist in a job
So my bottom line lesson is this. A job only has the illusion of security. What you do or contribute has little real impact on your security. The real game is power at the top. This is not confined to banking but all bureaucracies. You are expendable.
work  labor  job  career  freelance  entrepreneur 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Great Men vs. Great Entrepreneurs | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
My interest is in the nature of greatness and how it might contribute to the entrepreneurial life.....“Great men,” Christopher Buckley notes, “are not content to leave well enough alone.”
entrepreneur  startup  personality 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Compensatory Consumption vs. Budgetary Bliss
In recent research experiments, Derek Rucker and Adam Galinsky, found that people who felt powerless were willing to pay more money for luxury or status items than people who’d been conditioned to feel more powerful and in control.
economics  psychology  control  power  work  labor  entrepreneur 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Be Relentlessly Resourceful
There probably are other fields where "relentlessly resourceful" is the recipe for success. But though other fields may share it, I think this is the best short description we'll find of what makes a good startup founder.
entrepreneur  business  resources  startup  by(PaulGraham) 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Seth's Blog: Is effort a myth?
With that forewarning, here's a bootstrapper's/marketer's/entrepreneur's/fast-rising executive's effort diet. Go through the list and decide whether or not it's worth it. Or make up your own diet. Effort is a choice, at least make it on purpose:
gtd  effort  philosophy  psychology  entrepreneur  productivity 
october 2008 by tsuomela
10 Tips For SMBs To Survive The Cash Flow Crisis - Startup City Blog - InformationWeek
"They need to do some detailed planning to understand the magnitude of the problem, and when their cash needs are greatest," he said in a statement. "Similarly, they can bolster cash flow by thinking outside the box about invoicing and collections."

Here are Rusty's top 10 steps for SMBs to stay on a winning financial track.
business  entrepreneur  tip 
october 2008 by tsuomela » READ THE INTRO!
The premise of Slackonomicsis that not since the Industrial
Revolution has a generation been so whipsawed by the econ-
omy, from McJobs to outsourcing, mind-boggling income in-
equality to two unprecedented back-to-back bubbles (with
more to come?).
generational-analysis  economics  entrepreneur 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Entire U of MN At-Your-Fingertips | Minnov8: Minnesota Innovation in Internet
The wish list was extensive and reinforced their challenges in accessing the UofMN’s opportunities and resources: ready-for-hire graduates
minnesota  business  entrepreneur  startup  university  innovation 
june 2008 by tsuomela
social business and entrepreneurs at alltop
aggregator  weblog-tools  weblog-directory  social  business  entrepreneur 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects.
business  startup  conference  community  event  entrepreneur  innovation 
may 2008 by tsuomela
Small Biz Labs
Small Biz Labs is the research blog for Emergent Research's ongoing project to identify, analyze and forecast the key social, business and technology trends that will impact small business formation and operations.
future  business  small-business  entrepreneur  weblog-group 
july 2007 by tsuomela
Gate 3 WorkClub
Very interesting work on creating a physical space for entrepreneurs.
creativity  design  entrepreneur 
october 2004 by tsuomela

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