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Startup America Partnership

Startup America Partnership
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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:

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.

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?

Empresas lançam projeto que estimula o empreendedorismo | Guia do Bolso Você tem uma boa ideia de negócio e não sabe ao certo o que fazer com ela? Falta de tempo, de dinheiro ou até receio impedem que seu plano saia do papel e se torne uma realidade? Como sugerido pelos internautas, o prazo foi estendido, e, até segunda-feira, 22, é possível se inscrever para a segunda edição do evento ‘Projeto de Garagem’, idealizado e organizado pelas empresas Inesplorato e IdeaFixa, com o intuito de possibilitar que novas ideias se transformem em ações de sucesso. Para participar, o potencial empreendedor deve se inscrever pelo site e contar a sua proposta, que será avaliada por uma banca de curadores. Os selecionados, então, serão auxiliados por especialistas a amadurecerem e formatarem seus planos, que poderão ser apresentadas a empresários e executivos no dia do evento. Para os idealizadores do programa, o cenário é perfeito para captar possíveis investidores. E a vontade de empreender do brasileiro é cada vez maior.

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.

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.

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.

Economia Criativa Memória Historiadora lança livro sobre o inconfidente Cláudio Manuel da Costa THE ECONOMIST Four Things Businesses Need to Learn From Recent Discoveries in Evolutionary Theory Evolution in nature has long been a metaphor for business. You know, survival of the fittest, might make right, only the selfish thrive, etc. These analogies are clearly oversimplifications and they are based upon a superficial understanding of the biological underpinnings, but they are nonetheless quite pervasive in the business world. So it only make sense that new research in evolutionary theory be applied to the business metaphor as well. Evolutionary theory looks at how organisms respond to environmental changes. 1. Nature: It was once thought that nature changes slowly, through many small incremental steps. Business: Fear and uncertainty drive businesses to knee-jerk reactions. Case in point: a competitor comes out with a new product that is eating away at your market share. 2. Nature: It was once thought that the more complex an organism (think elephant vs. slug), the more changes would be needed to respond positively to environmental changes. 3. 4.

Business Social Network | Brand Yourself Online Quais são as chances para um novo talento ter seu trabalho produzido hoje em dia? - Popmídia Talentos Esta é uma das maiores dúvidas – senão a maior – que rondam a cabeça de todos os talentos iniciantes ou em começo de carreira, sejam escritores, compositores, músicos, videomakers, animadores, ilustradores, quadrinhistas, etc. Mas a resposta que temos é motivadora: hoje em dia, praticamente todo e qualquer projeto criativo, artístico ou cultural pode ser produzido. E com boa qualidade! A tecnologia atual propicia a todos os talentos, sejam novos ou veteranos, terem seus trabalhos produzidos gastando muito pouco – ou até mesmo nada – nesse processo. Quem trabalha com vídeo ou animação também tem muitos recursos para filmar com qualidade com câmeras digitais ou até mesmo com celulares. Mesmo assim, o nosso conselho é este: entre de cabeça no mundo da “auto-produção” e você verá as muitas vantagens e a liberdade que esse processo oferece. E, se precisar de orientação, fale conosco, pois temos serviços criados especialmente para autores e produtores indepedentes de qualquer lugar do país.

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