Startup America Startup America is a White House initiative that was launched to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. "Entrepreneurs embody the promise of America: the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard and see it through, you can succeed in this country. And in fulfilling this promise, entrepreneurs also play a critical role in expanding our economy and creating jobs." —President Barack Obama, January 31, 2011 Startups are engines of job creation. In January 2011, President Obama called on both the federal government and the private sector to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country. Since launch, the Obama Administration rolled out a set of entrepreneur-focused policy initiatives in five areas:
Celular e linha branca lideram problemas no pós vendas Junto com o prazer da compra de um novo eletrodoméstico ou de um aparelho eletrônico, o consumidor tem levado de brinde muita dor de cabeça, como revela levantamento do Departamento de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor (DPDC) do Ministério da Justiça. De acordo com dados desse estudo, mais da metade das reclamações que acabaram sem solução imediata, mesmo com intermediação do Procon, envolve produtos como celulares e itens da linha branca. As queixas dos clientes são basicamente duas: falta de peças de recomposição e problemas com a garantia. Juntos, aparelhos de telefonia móvel, equipamentos eletroeletrônicos e eletrodomésticos como fogão e geladeira responderam por 55,74% dos 122.662 registros que chegaram ao DPDC de setembro de 2009 a agosto do ano passado. Os serviços bancários continuaram a apresentar problemas, ficando com 21,46% dos registros, mas mostraram avanço nos últimos meses, segundo a diretora do DPDC, Juliana Pereira da Silva.
10 Common Mistakes That Startup and Small Companies Make Young companies have small margins for error. Mistakes made early on can sink a company before its gets off the ground. Below is a list of 10 common mistakes made by young, small companies. In the list below, I use the generic term “product” to refer to either a product or a service. Over the next few posts, I will expound on these ideas; for now, here is the list : “Drinking Your Own Kool-Aid” – Overestimating the Enthusiasm for Your Product/Service – thinking your product is more special than your customers perceive. In the entrepreneurial spirit of “under-promise and over-deliver,” here are two more mistakes young companies make: Never Finishing the Product – the “never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over” syndrome. Disclaimer – as the veteran of six startup companies (two that were successfully sold), these are mistakes I have seen time and again.
Reverse innovation Reverse innovation or trickle-up innovation is a term referring to an innovation seen first, or likely to be used first, in the developing world before spreading to the industrialized world. The term was popularized by Dartmouth professors Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble and GE's Jeffrey R. Immelt. Subsequently, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble published the book Reverse Innovation. Reverse innovation refers broadly to the process whereby goods developed as inexpensive models to meet the needs of developing nations, such as battery-operated medical instruments in countries with limited infrastructure, are then repackaged as low-cost innovative goods for Western buyers. Definition The process of reverse innovation begins by focusing on needs and requirements for low-cost products in countries like India and China. C.K. Reverse innovation in global health systems Other examples Reverse innovations are not always disruptive innovations.
Building a Project’s Business Case January 8, 2009 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Management Best Practices Building a Project’s Business Case By ExecutiveBrief Staff Forward-looking project managers realize that to avoid failure, they should build the business case for their projects by getting intimately knowledgeable about the reasons why sponsors approved their projects. Too many projects get the axe because of the lack of business cases that justify their existence. It is not the job of the project manager to build the business case. Forward-looking project managers realize that to avoid failure, they should build the business case for their projects by getting intimately knowledgeable about the reasons why sponsors approved their projects. What problems should the project address? By interviewing project sponsors, the project manager can determine their goals and discuss the issues that the project would solve. What are the strategic goals of the project? Is it an easier system? What is the project’s ROI?
FACT SHEET: WHITE HOUSE LAUNCHES “STARTUP AMERICA” INITIATIVE Public and Private Partners Invest in American Entrepreneurs “Startup America” is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. This coordinated public/private effort brings together an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, working in concert with a wide range of federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America’s entrepreneurs. This mission to promote entrepreneurship is a core component of President Obama’s national innovation strategy for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COMMITMENTS Expanding Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs SBA to Launch Two $1 Billion Initiatives for Impact Investing and Early-Stage Seed Financing: $1 Billion Impact Investment Fund: SBA will commit $1 billion to those funds that invest growth capital in companies located in underserved communities. U.S.
THE ECONOMIST The 5 Things I'd Tell My 21 Year Old Entrepreneurial S... 12 years ago I set out on my first foray into the world of entrepreneurship. The company was called MCSETutor.com (we later changed the name to the equally obtuse 2000Tutor.com) and while it wasn’t a huge success by dot com era standards we did sell it for a tidy profit. But looking back I’m shocked at how little I knew about entrepreneurship. As I’m sure any entrepreneur would love to do, I’d give anything to step back in time 12 years and have a chat with my 21 year old self. And while I can’t do that I do love to share lessons with as many young entrepreneurs as I can. I’ve spoken a bunch at colleges and other organizations for young entrepreneurs. #1 – Take as much risk as you can as early in life as you can. I’m not talking stupid risks. #2 – Nail the fundamentals. Take some of that time and use it to build skills that will make you more effective and productive the rest of your life. #3 – Surround yourself with people who expect you to succeed in a big way. I’m lucky. Fantastic.
Benefits of Using Open Source Software The outline flow of this section is as follows: Introduction Open Source's proponents often claim that it offers significant benefits when compared to typical commercial products. Open Source Software developers are evidently motivated by many factors but favouring features over quality is not noticeable amongst them. "The Open Source community attracts very bright, very motivated developers, who although frequently unpaid, are often very disciplined. "... There is abundant anecdotal evidence for truth in those claims but reliable and comparable statistical measures are not available to our knowledge. Authors are motivated by pride and peer recognition rather than a development plan supplied by the marketing department. In the following paragraphs we look at the claims, outline why they are considered benefits and describe the ways that the Open Source process provides substance to the claims. Reliability Reliability is a loose term. Stability Auditability CONECTA2000 notes: Cost
Features on Business Process Improvement and Innovation | Six Si Denver, July 7, 2005 - Decisioneering, Inc., an innovator of software and services for risk analysis and optimisation, today announced that George Group, the leader in Lean Six Sigma, has joined Decisioneering’s Six Sigma Partner Program. As a Six Sigma Partner, George Group will work with Decisioneering to promote the use of Crystal Ball simulation and optimisation tools throughout its Six Sigma initiatives. George Group is the leader in Lean Six Sigma and has been creating real economic value for Fortune 1000 clients for the past 19 years. George Group has supported more global Lean Six Sigma deployments than any other Six Sigma consultancy. As an innovator and leader in Lean Six Sigma, George Group is always looking for the best way to help its clients save money. 'The Fortune 1000 clients we serve demand the best software and tools in their Six Sigma operations, said James Works, president of George Group.
Startup America "After all, innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses." -President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, 1/24/12 “Startup America” is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. This mission to promote entrepreneurship is a core component of President Obama’s national innovation strategy for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs. Overall, Startup America, through a full range of public and private initiatives, is aimed at: Leaders in the private-sector are working on many of these same ideas through the Startup America Partnership, an independent alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, universities and foundations working to fuel high-growth startup companies. Reducing Barriers Roundtables Learn more about the Reducing Barriers Roundtables. Expanding Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Connecting Mentors and Entrepreneurs
Vaidade encarece produtos no Brasil, diz jornal dos EUA - Radar Econômico O “International Herald Tribune“, versão internacional do “New York Times”, publicou na edição desta quinta-feira uma seção especial sobre mercado de luxo no Brasil, ocupando oito páginas, preenchidas com reportagens e o perfil de três nomes importantes do setor: Alexandre Hercovitch, Pedro Lourenço e Carlos Miele. A publicação conta que o mercado de luxo no Brasil, de US$ 2,5 bilhões, é grande em relação aos de outros países emergentes (é o triplo da Índia, por exemplo) e cresce a um ritmo mais rápido (10% a 15% ao ano). As reportagens não deixam de citar os argumentos básicos para explicar por que os preços são altos – carga tributária de 34,5% do PIB (produto interno bruto), real valorizado e burocracia nos negócios. Esses três fatores levam o brasileiros a gastar mais (a poupança no País é bem mais baixa do que a de outros países emergentes, como a China) e aceitar preços altos dos produtos. “As mulheres brigam para pagar três vezes mais do que pagariam pela mesma coisa em Nova York.