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Las Vegas Gambles on a Future With Car Sharing for Everyone

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs

Originally published in Smithsonian Magazine on October 2, 2013   Give people free shipping and a yearlong window for returns, as the retailer Zappos did, and suddenly buying shoes online is a lot more appealing. Give them access to manifold transportation options in a place where good jobs, homes and entertainment are within walking distance, and going car-free just might take on new allure. That’s the experiment under way in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is investing $350 million over five years in an attempt to re-energize the city’s 1.5-square-mile downtown area. This for-profit investment plan, called Downtown Project, is focused on attracting technologists and artists to a part of town that has long had more empty lots, seedy bars and vacant buildings than hopeful startups or hip boutiques. The hope is that these creative types...

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Interview of Daniel Isenberg on the Potential To Launch Contrarian Business Ideas Successfully and His Top Entrepreneurship Book

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Book Coverage, Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs

Originally published on Digital Business Strategy Marketing Management on October 2, 2013 Daniel Isenberg has likely written one of the most important books on entrepreneurship I’ve ever seen. It is not about pitch decks or pitching venture capitalists for funding. The book entitled, Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value, actually discusses something far more important, the stories of people who had contrarian ideas that most people thought would never work. I really loved reading this book! Continue reading the post...

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Opportunity abounds in Milwaukee

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 in Authored, Miscellaneous blogs, Print

Originally published in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel on September 27, 2013 By Dan Isenberg We all know these past few years have been tough for many American cities, and urban pain has not left Milwaukee unscathed. But since helping launch Scale Up Milwaukee in March with an ever-expanding number of committed partners (Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, American Express OPEN, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), I keep seeing opportunity. Recently, I interviewed Jerry Jendusa, a Wisconsin native, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alumnus and the founding executive of EMTEQ — a $100 million venture that has grown at a steady clip even during the recession and becoming a global competitor. Wouldn’t 20 EMTEQs in the Milwaukee region change the equation entirely? I saw opportunity again recently...

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KR Connect Review of Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 in Book Coverage, Miscellaneous blogs, Review

Originally published on KR Connect on September 5, 2013 The difference between a business owner and an entrepreneur is that a business owner wants to open another shop and an entrepreneur wants to transform an industry. That’s how a recent piece in The Economist describes it. “True entrepreneurs find worth in the worthless and possibility in the impossible”. Daniel Isenberg is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and academic, whose interest in what makes an entrepreneur has led him to study examples (both successes and failures) across the globe. In his bookWorthless, Impossible and Stupid, Daniel makes the point that entrepreneurs are “contrarian value creators.” They see value where others see nothing. And he isn’t afraid to point out that it is profit that so often drives ideas. It’s about changing the world and the monetizing of ideas. Facebook is a multi-billion dollar company. It...

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33 Voices with Dan Isenberg

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 in Audio, Videos and Radio

Originally published in 33 Voices with Moe Abdou on August 29, 2013...

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