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The Unexpected Upsides To Business Failure

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 in Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs, Video

Originally published on WGBH.org on January 22, 2014 If at first you don’t succeed, you could be better off in the long run. It’s not as catchy as the actual saying, but it may be just as apt. As part of this week’s in-depth FOCUS report on second chances, we’re looking at the benefits of failure. And as WGBH News reporterAdam Reilly shows us, some area businesses are embracing failure in surprising ways. GUEST Daniel Isenberg is a professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College, an adjunct professor of management at Columbia Business School, and the author of “Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary...

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‘Entrepreneur’ Has Become a Buzzword. Let’s Reclaim It

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 in Book Coverage, Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs

Originally posted in Inc. on November 14, 2013 Daniel Isenberg says entrepreneurship has become a fad. His book, Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid, seeks to dispel the modern myths that surround the word. Worthless. Impossible. Stupid. Safe to say those are three words aspiring entrepreneurs probably doesn’t want to hear assigned to their idea, right? Wrong, says Daniel Isenberg. The author of the aptly-titled book Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid argues that anything entrepreneurial–truly entrepreneurial–shouldn’t be perceived as valuable, feasible, or smart. That’s because entrepreneurism, rather than referring to anybody who starts a business, is all about seeing value where nobody else does, he says. Entrepreneurship is contrarian. Isenberg is the founding director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project and a former professor at Harvard Business School. His book was published earlier this year, and he took some time to speak with Inc. about it. Inc.: Nobody wants to hear about...

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Tips on Starting a Business

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Audio, Book Coverage, Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs, Videos and Radio

Originally published on WCAI’s The Point, November 7, 2013 Entrepreneurship, the creation and capture of value, fuels the growth of regions and nations, brings innovative products and services to the market, and plays a key role in economies and societies world wide. On The Point, we get a couple of perspectives on this topic.Daniel Isenberg, founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, shares his thoughts with Mindy Todd on why some ideas fail as start-ups while other seemingly worthless ideas succeed.  He is the author of Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value.   Also, Mitchell Weiss, professor of finance at University of Hartford Barney School of Business, joins us to discuss the financial nuts and bolts to starting and running your own business including when and how to secure venture capital....

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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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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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