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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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Worthless, impossible and stupid: the entrepreneur’s way

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 in Book Coverage, Miscellaneous blogs

Originally published in Venture Burn on October 25, 2013 “If everyone tells you it is a good idea, run the other way,” Jay Rogers, Local Motors. Here in the second part of our epic review of the book by Daniel Isenberg, Worthless, Impossible and Stupid, we take a look at crazy ideas and staying away from crowds. The book, Worthless, Impossible and Stupid, is broken into four parts and in the next few weeks I will be publishing some insights from each part. The book takes the reader on a fascinating journey around the globe with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Their successes are explained in conversation with Isenberg, each laced with key lessons for budding entrepreneurs. When it comes to starting a business, the temptation is to go for what is popular right now and what the crowd loves. Isenberg...

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Entrepreneurs Are Contrarians Who See Opportunities Others Call ‘Worthless, Impossible and Stupid’

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 in Book Coverage, Miscellaneous blogs

Originally published on on October 15, 2013 2 Reasons To Read Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: Busts the myths that to be an entrepreneur you need to be innovative, young, or an expert Tells new, unique stories of entrepreneurship you’ve never heard before Background of Author Daniel Isenberg Author Daniel Isenberg is a Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive and Enterprise Education and the founding Executive Director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP). He has 11 years teaching at Harvard Business School, Columbia, Technion, INSEAD and Reykjavik. He has a combined thirty-one years experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, entrepreneurship educator, venture capitalist, policy advisor, and angel investor. He was recently an adviser to the White House on starting up StartUp America. Daniel Isenberg has a very unique definition of entrepreneurship that he uses as the basis for the...

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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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