The Difference Between Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Steve Blank

Something I said seemed to inspire her: “I always thought you needed to be innovative, original to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are the ones that make things happen. But what I’ve noticed is that it’s rare that the smartest technical innovator is the most successful entrepreneur.

Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them

Steve Blank

But that’s the conclusion of a provocative research paper, Asymmetric Information and Entrepreneurship , that explains a new theory of why some people choose to be entrepreneurs. So, entrepreneurs start ventures because they can’t signal their worth to potential employers.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Entrepreneurs are innovators.

The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

The post The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur appeared first on Feld Thoughts. This showed up in my inbox the other day from a friend of 20 years. He’s been involved in a number of companies that we’ve invested in over the years in different senior and/or co-founder roles, including CEO. It was short and sweet but captured the essence of something I often talk about with founders. Heard you and Jerry on CPR this morning , nice job!

We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress

Feld Thoughts

As we come to the end of a particularly noisy and contentious election cycle, a thought echoes over and over in my mind – we need more entrepreneurs in Congress. In 2010 Martin started a non-profit called Upstate Venture Connect with a mission is to connect first time entrepreneurs in new industries with the resources who can help them across the entire Upstate NY region. The post We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

8 Lessons From Military Strategy For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. Some entrepreneurs get bogged down in planning and never get to the point of action, often called analysis paralysis (i.e.

Top 5 Challenges Female Entrepreneurs Must Overcome

YFS Magazine

Female entrepreneurs are launching businesses at an astonishing rate. Lead female entrepreneurs gender gap women entrepreneurs women in businessHere’s a look at five challenges we need to overcome in order to thrive.

Startups Need Employees Who React Like Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business. This commitment to hire people who think like entrepreneurs, or instill an “owner’s mindset” in every employee, should be a high priority in every business.

10 Female Entrepreneurs Taking Over The World

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 10 inspiring female entrepreneurs who are pioneers making moves and taking names every day of the week. People Success Profiles female entrepreneurs female entrepreneurship women entrepreneurs women in business

7 Key Entrepreneur Habits Highlight Execution Ability

Startup Professionals Musings

As a small business and startup advisor, I find that entrepreneurs often love to talk about their latest idea, but not their execution. The best entrepreneurs know what they don’t know, aren’t afraid to ask for business help, and always offer something in return.

The Naked Entrepreneur Interviews

Feld Thoughts

Sean Wise, a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, has an awesome web interview series called The Naked Entrepreneur Show. David Cohen, the CEO of TechStars, also did an interview on The Naked Entrepreneur. Interviews david cohen Foundry Group naked entrepreneur ryerson TechStar

Smart Entrepreneurs Favor People-Centric Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I believe that business leaders and entrepreneurs need to focus first on people leadership, rather than process leadership. entrepreneur Mike Diamond people-centric priority process-centric

24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. I am an entrepreneur.

How Entrepreneurs Select And Nurture Top Performers

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The best entrepreneurs never confuse motion with results. If you are the entrepreneur or executive in the organization, make sure you are the role model in execution and in hiring.

Entrepreneurs Math: (.9)^10 = 1

Feld Thoughts

I had a wonderful time interviewing Larry Gold last night at Entrepreneurs Unplugged. Among the many great stories he told, including a doozy about the time he was a sophomore at Yale, he had a powerful one about how entrepreneurs assess potential outcomes.

Confessions Of A Female Immigrant Entrepreneur In Silicon Valley

YFS Magazine

Being a minority — a young, female Indian tech entrepreneur — I relentlessly spent the first three years building my first startup and knocking on the doors of almost every venture capital firm in the valley, until I raised my first round of venture financing.

20 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Being in love is great.

A Startup Visa – The International Entrepreneurs Rule – Form I-941

Feld Thoughts

On Friday, the USCIS proposed The International Entrepreneurs Rule. The best summary I’ve seen so far is from Tahmina Watson titled International Entrepreneurs Rule (Obama’s Startup Visa Alternative)- Detailed Summary by Tahmina. The UK created an Entrepreneur Visa.

The Right Way To Raise Future Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

But who becomes a successful entrepreneur? Lifestyle entrepreneurship principles family business kidpreneurs teen entrepreneursParents wonder if their kids could be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Evan Spiegal. Is it anything parents have control over as their kids grow up?

Social Entrepreneurs Seek Social Change vs Profits

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur lifestyle that continues to gain in popularity these days is being a “social entrepreneur.” The business entrepreneur mission is profit always, social impact maybe. In all types of entrepreneurship, an entrepreneur rather than an administrator is required.

8 Success Drivers Define A Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Being called a lifestyle entrepreneur should be a point of pride, not an insult. Of course, even lifestyle entrepreneurs want to be happy, and want their business to be “successful.” A lifestyle business becomes an integral part of an entrepreneur’s identity and their life.

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are well positioned to become the new leaders, because they perceive problems as opportunities, and have the mental mindset to innovate and execute. In this fashion the general leadership deficit is really an “opportunity” for new aspiring entrepreneurs in business.

10 Common Dilemmas That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. dilemma entrepreneur founder Noam Wasserman

8 Characteristics Of Paradigm-Shifting Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible. entrepreneur innovation Kevin Freiberg paradigm shiftWhat sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business?

The Entrepreneur’s Guide For Dealing With Adversity

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, you need to attack problems and challenges with a mindset of success, or it is unlikely that you or your business will survive. Every good entrepreneur I know has pivoted at least once.

16 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Side Hustles

Hearpreneur

We asked entrepreneurs and business owners what their side hustles are and here are the responses. #1- My background comes from owning my own photography business when I became an entrepreneur back in 2008. I love helping creative entrepreneurs get found online.

Why The Best Entrepreneurs Enjoy The Hunter Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs believe they are “different,” but they can’t quite understand how. The classic book, “ Hunting in a Farmer's World: Celebrating the Mind of an Entrepreneur ,” by serial entrepreneur and business coach John F.

16 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Easiest Thing About Running a Business

Hearpreneur

We asked entrepreneurs the easiest thing about running a business and here are the responses. #1- The best lesson you can learn as an entrepreneur or business owner is to outsource all the tasks you can, so you can focus on what you love doing! Entrepreneur Storytelling

How An Entrepreneur Can Win In This Age Of Disruption

Startup Professionals Musings

The cost of entry to the entrepreneur lifestyle is at an all-time low, but the challenge of winning and success is at an all-time high. As an Angel investor, I quickly look behind the idea or solution, to gauge the mindset and the leadership capabilities of the entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs Need To Focus On The Right Skill Set

Startup Professionals Musings

His focus is on sales, but I see the same skills needed for entrepreneurs. This means all business people, especially entrepreneurs, need to get beyond the presentations and the experts, to actively listen to real customers. Anthony Iannarino entrepreneur sales skill set startup

10 Controversial Lessons From Serious Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In the classic book “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” from serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Great entrepreneurs aren’t interested in being bosses at all.

Motivational Hacks From 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

So take a look at these motivational hacks from four successful entrepreneurs to bounce out of bed tomorrow with a fresh new outlook. She advises budding entrepreneurs to enjoy the ride, eat good food and find someone that makes them laugh. Who are your favourite entrepreneurs and why?

10 Signs That The Age Of The Entrepreneur Is Here Now

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the 2017 Kauffman Startup Activity Index , the share of new entrepreneurs who started businesses to pursue opportunity rather than from necessity reached 86 percent, more than 12 percentage points higher than in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession.

Entrepreneurs Need The Right Mindset Before Products

Startup Professionals Musings

As an Angel investor and a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always disappointed to see founders who seem stressed out most of the time, and more annoyed than energized by the abundance of challenges they see in building their startup. business entrepreneur mentality mindset startup

11 Attributes Of Great Entrepreneurs I Have Known

Startup Professionals Musings

I agree they certainly apply to the great entrepreneurs I have known. attributes best entrepreneurs Elon Musk Jon GordonAt some point in their life, hopefully everyone strives to be the best in their chosen profession.

10 Winning Entrepreneur Insights That May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur would love to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, but most have no idea what really sets these guys apart from all the rest. In reality, most great entrepreneurs find these necessary, but not sufficient for the big win.

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need To Highlight Small Wins

Startup Professionals Musings

As an example, entrepreneurs often have great difficulty relinquishing top leadership positions when their companies have grown beyond their own management capacities, because they have invested so much of their personal identities in what they have built.

10 Qualities That Will Make You An Entrepreneur Idol

Startup Professionals Musings

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

10 Sales Truths Every Entrepreneur Needs To Practice

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as an advisor to startups, I often have to remind entrepreneurs to think more like sales people from day one, in finding a real problem to solve and designing the solution. That’s a recipe for business success that I recommend to every entrepreneur and professional.

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Every Entrepreneur Wins With A Goal-Oriented Mindset

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs are usually hard-driving, and highly focused on some specific goals, like being the dominant player in a given domain, or the low-priced provider of their product. entrepreneur focused goal oriented mindset