The Chris Pirillo Interview: “We’re Not Worthy”

Free video chat by Ustream Chris Pirillo is on the cutting edge of live stream media. The 35-year-old web whiz knows how to generate online community by hosting videos on UStream and other websites such as CNN.com. In this interview, he discusses how he drew an audience of five million people in 2007, what you [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:13:24-07:00October 6th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

“Everything you should know about me as an entrepreneur you could learn from my OB/GYN”

An email pitch from an entrepreneur named Sherry Couch of BizNiche brought a big smile to my face. First of all, how could I skip an email with a subject line like this one: “Everything you should know about me as an entrepreneur you could learn from my OB/GYN”? Sherry went on to write:I am [...]

By |2015-03-17T13:57:12-07:00February 2nd, 2008|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , |2 Comments

Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship

This is a guest post by Scott Shane as a follow up to his entrepreneurship test. He is the A. Malachi Mixon Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of seven books, the latest of which is The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:17:14-07:00January 10th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship

Take the Entrepreneurship Test

Scott Shane of Case Western recently published The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By. In the book, he bursts many of the bubbles of entrepreneurship in America. Says he, “People start businesses based on the myths we tell ourselves about entrepreneurship and then are hurt when confronted [...]

By |2015-10-29T07:46:08-07:00January 7th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Social Entrepreneurship: Ten Questions with David Bornstein

David Bornstein is the author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. He recently updated this book, and it’s now available for the first time in paperback. No less than Nelson Mandela said the book is “wonderfully hopeful and enlightening.” David is also the author of The Price [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:45-07:00September 17th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |0 Comments

On the Other Hand: The Flip Side of Entrepreneurship by Glenn Kelman

This is a guest posting by Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, a company that enables people to buy homes online. He offers a counterpoint to my posting about how easy it is to make millions of dollars with "user-generated, long-tail, Web 2.0, social-networking, open-source content." Last month, Guy called James Hong and Markus Frind heroes [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:19:40-07:00August 1st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |0 Comments

Heroes From a Small Planet Film Festival: Social Entrepreneurs Videos

Want to be inspired? Check out this collection of videos about social entrepreneurs from around the world. It’s called the FRONTLINE/World series. Here’s a description: “…we have searched for stories about people who innovate in ways that truly transform our interconnected world. This special site will feature the stories of people whose ideas and organizations [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:36:10-07:00June 21st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: |0 Comments

Lessons for Entrepreneurs: Ignoring Is Bliss and Then Some

Where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise—“On a Distant Prospect of Eton College” by Thomas Gray With all due respect to Thomas Gray, he missed the target when it comes to entrepreneurship: ignorance isn’t bliss, ignoring is. For example, last week I posted a “help wanted” entry soliciting “truemorists” for a site called [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:08-07:00May 9th, 2007|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

EntrepreneurshipWeek USA at Stanford

The Kauffman Foundation is launching EntrepreneurshipWeek USA from February 23rd to March 3rd. The theme is “What’s Your Big Idea? Take it On!” There will be educational programs around the country. Stanford is embracing this program in a big way starting with the kickoff event on Saturday. The schedule for the week is packed with [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:14-07:00February 21st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events, Innovation|Tags: , |6 Comments

The Entrepreneur’s New Year’s Resolution: “I Will Fix My Pitch”

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for entrepreneurs: ”I will fix my pitch.“ And here’s a suggestion on how to do this written by Bill Reichert, my colleague at Garage Technology Ventures. Endless articles, books, and blogs have been written on the topic of business plan presentations and pitching to investors. In spite of this wealth [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:11-07:00December 29th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , |0 Comments

Top Ten Entrepreneur’s Song List

Over at Escape From Cubicle Nation, Pam Slim has compiled the top ten entrepreneur’s song list, complete with samples. Speaking of music, I was listening to the Greg Kihn show on KFOX this morning, and Gregg Allman called in because his daughter’s band came in second in the station’s “Last Band Standing” contest. In response [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:58-07:00October 27th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What’s Your EQ (entrepreneurial quotient)?

Here's a quiz to determine your “entrepreneurial quotient.” My intent is to test a person's knowledge of entrepreneurship. However, scoring high doesn't mean you're the next Steve Jobs, and scoring low doesn't mean you're not. Some answers are debatable, so there will be many comments. #10, in particular, is tricky so read it very carefully. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:28:11-07:00March 9th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , |52 Comments

The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

(Since I've antagonized the venture capital community with last week's blog, I thought I would complete the picture and “out” entrepreneurs to begin this week. The hard part about writing this blog was narrowing down these lies to ten. Luckily, my partner, Bill Reichert, had already documented this list of the top ten lies of [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:29:35-07:00January 8th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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