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Entrepreneurship: In the Blood?

Originally posted on MBA50 by Matt Symmonds “You are born an entrepreneur. The rest is just a question of revealing your hidden talent.” That, at least, was the view expressed by French businesswoman Aude de Thuin last month when accepting the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon. Given de Thuin’s track record of creating commercial ventures that tap into social trends, including one of Europe’s most successful direct-marketing firms and the influential Women’s Forum, it is tempting to believe her. But I don’t. It’s an age-old debate, of course—when it comes to succeeding in your chosen field, what really counts: nature or nurture? I don’t think there is much argument that Usain...
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To Teach Entrepreneurship Get Out of the Classroom

Originally posted on MBA50 by Matt Symmonds The debate about whether or not you can teach entrepreneurship will always divide opinion. But business schools have an opportunity to create the conditions in which an entrepreneurial mindset can flourish, and provide students with the tools and the confidence to take the path toward business creation. They just might not need a classroom to do it. Three key ingredients to train and develop entrepreneurial thinking are a supportive network, outstanding mentors, and personal reflection, according to entrepreneurship researcher Norris Krueger, speaking at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore. The co-founding business schools of the event, EMLyon and Nanyang Technological University, have understood that, beyond teaching core business skills, the interaction with business leaders and...
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50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

Originally posted on INC by Drew Hendricks There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business–but there are many more time-suck websites. How can you tell the difference? By depending on a cheat sheet for the best websites for entrepreneurs. Here, a cheat sheet of 50 to get you started: 1. The name says it all: This website is the result of David Skok’s years of experience at Matrix Partners. With an MBA to complement his background, Skok’s approach to startup techniques and financial modeling is user friendly, though strongly technical, rich in charts and equations. 2. One of the most reputable of crowdfunding sites, this is where you can raise...
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4 Women Make Entrepreneurship Happen in Miami

Originally posted on Forbes by Geri Stengel When you think entrepreneurship, most people think of a couple of guys in a suburban garage in Silicon Valley, not women in Miami. A new wave of entrepreneurs who crave a more vibrant and diverse environment to fuel their creativity are starting businesses in Miami—not surprising to those who know it is the only major city in the to be started by a woman. Now, women are leading the charge to turn Miami into an entrepreneurial hub. I spoke with three women who are helping entrepreneurs start, fund and scale businesses in  Miami and one who is living the life as a high-growth women entrepreneur. I’ll tell you more about them...
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A Lesson in Entrepreneurship, Perseverance and Publishing from Iconic Chef Julia Child

Originally posted on Brain Pickings by Maria Popova “Don’t for the love of heaven let anybody rush you into anything.” On March 8, 1952, Julia Child, (August 15, 1912–August 13, 2004), sat down at her kitchen table in Paris and penned a fan letter to American historian and author Bernard DeVoto, discussing the peculiarities of French and American kitchen knives. But the letter was answered by DeVoto’s wife, Avis, described by one of her husband’s students at Harvard as “very good looking and very sexy-seeming and the only faculty wife who might have said ‘horseshit’ even to President Lowell.” This was the beginning of an epistolary friendship that unfolded into a rich and wide-spanning relationship, exploring the two...
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