Strategy

How a Swiss startup went from a simple iPad app to a company of 35 that’s looking to disrupt the $285 billion management consulting industry

Innovation consulting is a relatively novel field, which focuses on training teams to design new business models and profit centres for companies. Zurich-based Strategyzer does exactly that for some of the world’s biggest firms, like Microsoft, 3M, and GE. Cofounder Alex Osterwalder told Business Insider how he and Alan Smith […]
How a Swiss startup went from a simple iPad app to a company of 35 that’s looking to disrupt the $285 billion management consulting industry
Strategy

Here’s how a key architect of the Lean Startup model is using his own philosophy and experience to scale his own company that trains innovators for the world’s biggest firms like Microsoft, 3M, and GE

Alex Osterwalder, startup founder and author, and one of the architects of the Lean Startup approach, has led four companies that made him an expert on innovation and strategy, earning the trust of the world’s biggest companies. Startup founders sometimes seem to have an exclusive focus on raising big money […]
Here’s how a key architect of the Lean Startup model is using his own philosophy and experience to scale his own company that trains innovators for the world’s biggest firms like Microsoft, 3M, and GE
Strategy

3 critical ways you can strengthen your business during the pandemic

Kimberly Lucht is a business coach who helps women make their first six figures doing what they love. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies, particularly small businesses, are feeling the strain of government regulations forcing them to all but close down. While this is a challenging time, […]
3 critical ways you can strengthen your business during the pandemic
Strategy

I interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk, and he says there are 4 harmful ways that entrepreneurs feel entitled

David Neagle is the founder of the multimillion-dollar global coaching company Life Is Now, Inc, helping thousands of entrepreneurs, experts, and self-employed professionals gain confidence and find the right mindset to increase their revenue, turning their endeavours into seven- and eight-figure ventures. He recently interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk for his podcast, […]
I interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk, and he says there are 4 harmful ways that entrepreneurs feel entitled
Tech

A vibrant, young startup founder went on a work trip to Silicon Valley. One week later, she was found dead in the back seat of her car. What happened remains a mystery.

On the night of her wedding anniversary, Agnes Valenti pushed roasted cauliflower around her plate at the restaurant while her husband talked on the phone. Their daughter, Erin Valenti, was calling from 2,900 miles away, in Palo Alto, California, where she had just left a friend and couldn’t find her […]
A vibrant, young startup founder went on a work trip to Silicon Valley. One week later, she was found dead in the back seat of her car. What happened remains a mystery.
Lifestyle

Peloton is valued at more than $4 billion, but CEO and cofounder John Foley says investors turned his pitches down for 4 years. These are the reasons why he thinks they were rejected so many times.

Peloton cofounder and CEO John Foley pitched his company to three angel investors every day for four years, he said on an April 2019 episode of NPR’s “How I Built This with Guy Raz.” Boutique fitness was “a blind spot” for Silicon Valley investors, Foley told NPR. Peloton released the […]
Peloton is valued at more than $4 billion, but CEO and cofounder John Foley says investors turned his pitches down for 4 years. These are the reasons why he thinks they were rejected so many times.
News

This Silicon Valley founder went from being ‘really broke’ to starting a venture capital fund that’s invested $5 million in 100 companies

Arlan Hamilton founded venture capital fund Backstage Capital in 2015. Since then, the company has invested over $US5 million in 100 companies. Backstage Capital looks for startups lead by those who are underrepresented in tech – women, LGBTQ+, and people of colour. Before entering Silicon Valley, Hamilton worked as a […]
This Silicon Valley founder went from being ‘really broke’ to starting a venture capital fund that’s invested $5 million in 100 companies
US

How one man turned his love for geek culture into a $160 million business

VIDEO: Subscription services that deliver a themed box of goods to your door have exploded in popularity in recent years. Now the industry is full of successful start-ups like Loot Crate, which delivers geek items and apparel to your door. Loot Crate founder Chris Davis came by to tell us how the idea of delivering "Comic Con in a box" became a $160 million business..
How one man turned his love for geek culture into a $160 million business
Strategy

‘It was kind of like jumping out of an aeroplane’: One woman shares the reality of leaving her job at Goldman Sachs to start her own business

Becca Brown always had the entrepreneurial itch. As a kid, she had a pet-sitting business, ran a concession stand at Little League games, sold flowers (that she picked from her neighbour’s lawn), and did private tutoring. “My parents fostered a very entrepreneurial spirit in our house,” she tells Business Insider. […]
‘It was kind of like jumping out of an aeroplane’: One woman shares the reality of leaving her job at Goldman Sachs to start her own business
Strategy

Here’s Proof That Most Founders Make Bad CEOs

People who found companies may not be cut out to run them. That’s the finding of a comprehensive study of management practices in nearly 10,000 firms around the world, primarily in manufacturing, from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Firms that are both owned and run by their founders have, […]
Here’s Proof That Most Founders Make Bad CEOs
Strategy

Founders And VCs Reveal 25 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

The most successful VCs and company founders are constantly learning. That’s why we’ve rounded up the favourite, career-shaping books of well-known entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The business leaders who picked them call these books revelatory, inspirational, and intelligent. From Ayn Rand’s […]
Founders And VCs Reveal 25 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read
Strategy

Every Founder Knows Just How Much It Hurts To Sell Their Startup

My fingers trembled as I fed page 34 of 72 into the fax machine, deftly pressing the head of each page into its creaky jaws so that this shitty cheap-o machine wouldn’t snag two pages at once, slant ways, obscuring the precious scribblings adorning the footer of each page where […]
Every Founder Knows Just How Much It Hurts To Sell Their Startup
Tech

After Selling A Startup For $70 Million At Age 25, Founder Blows Through Fortune And Heads To Prison

[credit provider=”NBC News video via Daily Mail” url=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286934/Jennifer-Sultan-Bankrupt-dot-com-millionaire-sentenced-years-prison-pleaded-guilty-peddling-painkillers-gun-trafficking.html”] Thirteen years ago, things looked brighter for Jennifer Sultan.Then, Sultan was a recent New York University graduate who sold a tech startup, Live Online, for $70 million. That summer she rented a summer house in the Hamptons and purchased a penthouse in […]
After Selling A Startup For $70 Million At Age 25, Founder Blows Through Fortune And Heads To Prison
Strategy

REID HOFFMAN: Here’s When And How A Founder Should Step Down

[credit provider=”LinkedIn”] The question of when a founder should step aside is a difficult one. The trend used to be that founders stepped aside in favour of more professional management.  This is how they did it at Google, Yahoo, and Cisco.More recently, those examples have been overshadowed by phenomenally successful founder-CEOs, […]
REID HOFFMAN: Here’s When And How A Founder Should Step Down
Strategy

I Wasted Nine Months With No Startup Growth Because Of One Bad Hire

[credit provider=”My Buffo at www.flickr.com” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybuffo/2220663108/”] I have learned to pay attention in life when the hairs stand up on the back of my neck or my stomach churns, as if my gut instinct is saying, “Something’s not right here.” I also get an equally powerful flutter in my chest […]
I Wasted Nine Months With No Startup Growth Because Of One Bad Hire
Strategy

Entrepreneurs Have A ‘Superman Complex’ That Holds Them Back

[credit provider=”statigr.am/Clothilde Fernagu” url=”http://statigr.am/p/323761344838042126_42191215″] One the biggest lessons entrepreneurs need to learn is that some serious dangers come along with rapid growth. The very things that help entrepreneurs succeed — including willpower, individualism, and the ability to go it alone — can end up holding them back.
Entrepreneurs Have A ‘Superman Complex’ That Holds Them Back
Tech

A Beginner’s Guide To The NYC Tech Scene

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] New to the New York tech scene?Steve Schlafman, a principal at Lerer Ventures, put together a presentation of everything a new tech player needs to know about Silicon Alley.
A Beginner’s Guide To The NYC Tech Scene
Tech

25 AND UNDER: Meet The Rising Stars In New York Tech

[credit provider=”Branch Bulletin” url=”http://bulletin.branch.com/post/23186291094/libbybrittain”] The New York tech scene is filled with young talent.We rounded up some of the most promising up-and-comers in the industry.
25 AND UNDER: Meet The Rising Stars In New York Tech
Strategy

How Chobani Became A $750 Million Business In Only Five Years

[credit provider=”Screengrab from inspiration4nation on YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BV6pTMzNIs”] The Chobani brand is widely credited with starting the Greek yogurt craze in the U.S.Consumers have gone nuts for it since the product hit shelves in 2007, and Chobani has grown into a massive force.
How Chobani Became A $750 Million Business In Only Five Years
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