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Interview with Dan Isenberg, author of “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid”

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Book Coverage, Interviews and Media Quotes

Originally on The Mistake Bank on July 10, 2013 Dan Isenberg is the executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project and the author of the great new book “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value,” a very valuable book on the subject. We had a wide-ranging conversation on failure, mistakes, lean startups and whether entrepreneurs need to try to get very big. Enjoy! Access the podcast here (30 minutes). Summary: 1:15 What “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid” is about 3:10 On the emerging “Failure Culture” 7:30 The fine line between success and failure in new ventures 8:20 Is the first mover advantage really an advantage? 9:25 Do entrepreneurs have to be innovators to succeed? 10:00 Dan’s failed venture 11:30 Lessons from the failure – the sixth sense of business danger; the speed of failure;...

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Professor Dan Isenberg On Super Chickens And The Virtues Of Being Worthless, Impossible And Stupid

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Book Coverage, Forbes, Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs, Video, Videos and Radio

Originally published on Forbes July 10, 2013 Daniel Isenberg is Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive and Enterprise Education. He has formerly taught at Harvard Business School and is author of a new book,Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value. I recently sat down with Dan to talk about redefining the word “worthless,” how government can encourage entrepreneurship and super chickens. Part I of our conversation follows in a video and transcript. Steve Forbes: Dan, thank you very much for joining us. Daniel Isenberg: My pleasure, Steve. Forbes: You’ve just had a book out called Worthless, Impossible and Stupid. Sounds like my teachers describing me in school. Isenberg: I’m trying to turn “worthless” into a compliment. Forbes: I wish I had this to give to my teachers 40, 50 years ago. Isenberg: I have a t-shirt made out of the cover if you’d like. The...

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Debunking Three Entrepreneurship Myths

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in Bloomberg Businessweek, Interviews and Media Quotes, Video, Videos and Radio

Daniel Isenberg, author of Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid, shatters the stereotypes about who the typical entrepreneur really is.   Copyright © 2013 Harvard Business School Publishing. All rights reserved. Harvard Business Publishing is an affiliate of Harvard Business School. Published on Bloomberg July 9, 2013 click here to view...

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Crowdfunders push SEC for investor OK

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 in Boston Herald, Interviews and Media Quotes

Written by Jordan Graham, Originally published on the Boston Herald June 23, 2013 The startup community is anxiously awaiting SEC regulations that would allow crowdfunders to invest in a company instead of receiving a reward like a sticker, but some, including one state official, want to make sure the rules are clear and prevent fraud. “If they’re going to have this, the rules need to be laid out,” Secretary of State William F. Galvin said. The regulations, part of the JOBS act, originally were due by Jan. 1, but have been delayed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Title III of the JOBS act, called the Crowdfund Act, will provide an exemption to the current requirement that companies offering stock or other investment opportunities register with the SEC, which can be resource and time intensive. The SEC has not...

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A spirit for enterprise

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Financial Times, Interviews and Media Quotes, Print, Quote

Originally published on Financial Times, May 8, 2013 By Joe Leahy When Linda Rottenberg moved to Latin America in the 1990s, she was surprised to find there was no word for “entrepreneur” in the local Spanish or Portuguese. Ms Rottenberg, president of Endeavor, a global non-governmental organisation that supports entrepreneurship, says every university student she met wanted to work for the government. Over the years, however, with the opening of the region’s economies and the rise of its stock markets, that attitude has changed so much that a Portuguese word for entrepreneur has emerged: empreendedor. “One of my favourite days was when the editor of a Portuguese dictionary told me he was adding the word for ‘entrepreneur’,” Ms Rottenberg said recently, before the Global Entrepreneurship Conference, a summit for service providers in the field, which was held in Rio...

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Struggling Cities, From Detroit to New Orleans, See Startups as Saviors

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 in Bloomberg Businessweek, Interviews and Media Quotes, Miscellaneous blogs, Print, Quote

Orginally published on Bloomberg Business Week, April 18, 2013 After graduating from the University of Michigan, Greg Schwartz worked in New York at Warner Music Group as director of digital business. Then the entrepreneurial bug bit him, and he tried to turn a calendar app he had created into a business. But instead of staying put or moving to a tech mecca like Silicon Valley, he returned in 2011 to his hometown of Detroit to found UpTo, inspired by Dan Gilbert, founder of Detroit-based Quicken Loans and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Like so many others, I left Detroit during a massive brain drain. But I’d been hearing a lot about what was happening here, and when I thought about this being where my family was and looked at the cost of living and doing business, I came back,”...

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