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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Dreamers // Doers is a networking community of female entrepreneurs, creatives, and change-makers. Many of its members are founders of startups and small businesses, ranging from socially conscious fashion brands and international coworking spaces to companies that help other women navigate the startup world. Each member overcame challenges on the […]
The Oracles is a networking group of the world’s most prominent entrepreneurs and CEOs. As successful businesspeople, they know that confidence is the key to success, regardless of the industry you’re in or whether or not you want to pursue a different career path. It’s important to build inner confidence, […]
Jen Glantz is a bestselling author and the founder and CEO of Bridesmaid for Hire, a boutique services company that offers professional bridesmaids who “take care of all your wedding dirty work.” In her early years as an entrepreneur, Glantz made a series of business mistakes that she says cost […]
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, […]
The Oracles is a networking group of the world’s most prominent entrepreneurs and CEOs. As a leader, it can be difficult to know how to react when your employees inevitably make mistakes that negatively affect the company. Depending on the circumstances, you should consider not only the mistake, but why […]
The Oracles is a networking group of the world’s most prominent entrepreneurs and CEOs. Many aspiring entrepreneurs struggle with balancing their business and maintaining a rewarding personal life. These nine executives have come up against this challenge and figured out how to navigate it. “You’re in such a rush to […]
Thomas Corley is the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals,” and “Rich Kids: How To Raise Our Kids To Be Happy And Successful In Life.” After studying 177 self-made millionaires for 5 years, Corley says there are 10 common business mistakes that many of them […]
Travis Schneider oversees all aspects of strategy, sales, and business development at PatientPop. Before cofounding the company, Travis cofounded and served as the CEO of ShopNation. He also cofounded and served as the CEO of StarBrand Media. When it comes to creating a thriving business, he says that potential founders […]
Former UberCEO Travis Kalanick is on pace to fully exit his position in the company as he’s rapidly sold stock since early November. The founder’s latest sale saw him cash in nearly 2.4 million shares on December 19, bringing his total stake down to about 5.8 million shares, according to […]
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 […]
Erin Hatzikostas is a former corporate CEO turned career coach, speaker, and podcast host. She is the founder and CEO of b Authentic inc. At age 42, she became the CEO of a large company – everything had fallen into place and was bustling. But she still found herself feeling […]
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 […]
Deciding to sell the company you’ve built from the ground up, and then finding the right partner, is rarely easy. So Business Insider asked Jyoti Bansal, who sold AppDynamics to Cisco for $US3.7 billion (plus other seasoned entrepreneurs and an academic director of entrepreneurship) to share some best practices around […]
When it comes to scaling your company, “there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.” That’s according to Deepak Hegde, associate professor of management and organisations at New York University. Hegde also directs Endless Frontier Labs, which helps technology and science startups scale. For one startup, Hegde said, scaling might mean locating […]
Arlan Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a boutique venture capital fund that invests in underrepresented founders. We asked Hamilton what she looks for in the entrepreneurs she invests in. She said it’s important to take constructive criticism and to stay authentic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
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 […]
NYU Stern professor and Gartner L2 founder Scott Galloway spoke at IGNITION 2018. He predicts “woke as a business strategy” will be on the rise, that Amazon will soon be “the fastest-growing healthcare company in the world,” and more. Watch Galloway’s full presentation here.
At IGNITION 2018, Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates talked about starting his own hedge fund, recovering from big mistakes, what the next financial crisis will look like, transparency at work, and more. Watch the full talk here.
At IGNITION 2018, former Facebook and Google exec Mary Lou Jepsen talks about the technology her new company, Openwater, is developing and the major impact it could have in the medical industry.
This April, a San Francisco-based startup called Goodly launched as a part of Y Combinator’s summer batch. Goodly aims to help companies help their employees pay off their student loans, by making regular matching contributions – kind of like a 401(k). Greg Poulin, co-founder and CEO, was motivated to start […]
Every year, Oracle founder Larry Ellison hosts a cocktail reception for startup founders at his San Francisco home. At the reception last Wednesday, Ellison shared some of the struggles Oracle faced in its early days. Once, Ellison says, Oracle was a week away from not being able to make payroll, […]
Startup experiences can vary – while we often hear of the success stories, it is rare we hear of the startups that fail. Even if the startup proves unsuccessful, it is healthy to take the risk and pursue an entrepreneurial endeavour that you are passionate about. The experience of joining […]
Weebly CEO David Rusenko sold his company to Square earlier this year for $US365 million. The journey leading up to the sale wasn’t always so easy. Rusenko recalls a moment of doubt he had early on when he revealed Weebly’s product for the first time and was told it was […]
Jyoti Bansal’s company AppDynamics was set to IPO when he received an offer to sell his company for $US3.7 billion. In an interview with Business Insider, Bansal reveals how he grappled with the decision to sell his company. On a cold winter night in New York last January, the founding […]
Drew Houston is on top of the world. His company, Dropbox, recently went public, making it Y Combinator’s first startup to ever IPO. The file-sharing service that began as a two-person team in 2007 is now a sprawling enterprise with more than a thousand employees and a stock ticker symbol […]
Comcast is officially pulling the plug on an online address book called Plaxo on December 31. Plaxo isn’t well known these days but it is a startup founded by famed Valley entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker. Parker’s experience at Plaxo greatly influenced the early days of Facebook and is one […]
New startups are delicate things. So it’s not surprising that the path to establishing a fledgling business can sometimes feel fraught with peril. No one appreciates this more than the founders of stock trading app Robinhood. Before they got their product off the ground, they struck out on 75 investor […]
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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. […]
VIDEO: Walmart is buying Jet.com in the largest e-commerce acquisition in history. We interviewed Jet.com CEO and co-founder Marc Lore in October of 2015. During the interview he explained what makes Jet.com different from Amazon.
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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, […]
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 […]
He wanted to be irreplaceable.
Tech moguls sure know how to live.
"There are three choices you get to make."
Surprisingly, running out of money is not reason #1.
What to do when you have no co-founder to fall back on.
Christopher Poole is best known as the creator 4chan.org, a site that’s just a little smaller than NYT.com in terms of traffic, and is partly responsible for the entire tone of the Internet.
From eternal life to outer space, your favourite innovators sure know how to spend their downtime. And their money.
So much for the nerdy coder stereotype.
Friends say he's a lot like Steve Jobs.
It only took about one year.
Don't pick someone just like you.
They've been dating for 10 months. She is "very excited."
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 […]
[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 […]
These Are the Eight Companies Ruined by Their Founders
[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, […]
[credit provider=”Founderscard”] FoundersCard CEO Eric Kuhn created his business — an exclusive membership organisation for founders and serial entrepreneurs that offers perks like instant elite status on airlines, discounts with Apple and AT&T, and more — because it’s something he wishes had been around when he started his first company.”I […]
[credit provider=”usc.edu”] Tanay Tandon is only fifteen, but he recently released a brilliant-sounding, patent-pending app for his high school debate team called Clipped.He should forget the debate team.
[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 […]
The first episode of a new Bravo reality show, “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” launched a few weeks ago.Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, is driving the drama as the show’s executive producer. And she’s already hunting for New Yorkers who could star in their own spinoff.
[credit provider=”Noah Brier and James Gross, co-founders of Percolate”] Ok, fine.There probably is no “right way” to start a company.
[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.
[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.
[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.
Since going down the startup path, I’ve made so many mistakes, struggled so many times, failed in almost every way you can.
[credit provider=”Bill Farrell Agency via Brew PR” url=”http://bfanyc.com/home/event/4032″] Gizmodo, io9 and Brew PR threw a big tech bash last night at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.It was cohosted by Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley, Gawker founder Nick Denton and American Museum of Natural History president, Ellen Futter. There was also a […]
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/3687857826/in/photostream/”] Just because you founded a startup doesn’t mean that you’ll get to stay at the helm of it forever.Nor should you always want to.
[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.
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