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Elevator Pitch: Contrarian Entrepreneurs

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 in Book Coverage, Miscellaneous blogs, Review

Originally published on NPR.org on August 29, 2013 Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value is a just-published book about the perils and rewards of being a self-starter. Written by Daniel Isenberg, who teaches atBabson Global, and published by Harvard Business Review, the work has received some serious notices and blurbs. USA Today: “The fascinating book is a colorful collection of stories based on case studies that Isenberg compiled during the 11 years he taught entrepreneurship at Harvard University.” The Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Isenberg excels at breaking down the many elements that lead to entrepreneurial success.” The Economist: Isenberg “presents a new definition of entrepreneurship. In essence, entrepreneurs are contrarian value creators. They see economic value where others see heaps of nothing. And they see business opportunities where others see only dead ends.” Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School: “Calling all...

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Why big business failure is a good thing

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 in Book Coverage, Financial Times, Print

Originally published in the Financial Times, August 25, 2013 By Jonathan Moules Should we be worried when large companies fail? High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/eff8477e-09a9-11e3-8b32-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2d6GFSyFS That may seem an odd question to be asking in a column devoted to small cap businesses, although the troubles that have befallen once-mighty brands like Blackberry, Tesco and HMV have made it a regular news theme since 2008. However, I would argue big business failure is an issue for small companies – for two chief reasons. Firstly, smaller companies often rely on their larger brethren for contracts, shelf space and even for growth finance. So Therefore what happens to one affects the other. Secondly, there has been a marked difference in...

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BlogTalkRadio with Barry J. Moltz

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 in Audio, Book Coverage, Interviews and Media Quotes

Hear the podcast here. The book coverage starts at minute...

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Book review: Finding business worth in ‘Worthless’

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 in Book Coverage, Print

Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2013 Daniel Isenberg’s ‘Worthless, Impossible and Stupid’ dispels common myths about entrepreneurship and shows what it takes to succeed. By Jonathan Moules  This is a good time to be an entrepreneur. As the global economy has teetered on the edge of collapse, and former pillars of society from bankers to politicians have become mired in scandal, business founders have been lionized across the world as the saviors of capitalism and a source of hope for the future. The general interest in the subject means that it is also a good time to be writing a book about entrepreneurship. Daniel Isenberg is the latest to do this with what he regards as an alternative look at the subject. His new book, “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture...

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The Misconceptions of Entrepreneurship

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 in Book Coverage, LinkedIn, Print

Originally posted on Richard Branson’s Linked In page August 12, 2013 By Richard Branson In the past few decades entrepreneurship has been transformed from a dirty word into one of the most aspirational careers people strive for. So what does being an entrepreneur really mean? We’ve discussed how you would define the word ‘entrepreneur’ on LinkedIn before, but The Economist’s excellent Schumpeter column got me thinking about the subject again when it described entrepreneurship as: “The modern-day philosopher’s stone: a mysterious something that supposedly holds the secret to boosting growth and creating jobs.” The article points out the confusion around the purpose of entrepreneurship, as well as the motives behind what makes entrepreneurs tick. As the term has to encompass so many different personalities, businesses and viewpoints, it is only natural that misconceptions crop up. Nevertheless, there are some common traits...

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Who Moved My Fortune?

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Book Coverage, Print, Wall Street Journal

Book Review: Some entrepreneurs want to do good. Many more are driven by a chip on the shoulder, a desire for revenge, a distaste for authority.   For more, read the original piece here....

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