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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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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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Review: Inside the entrepreneurial mindset

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 in Book Coverage, Print, Review, USA Today

Originally published on USA Today, July 7, 2013 If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, you’ll want to read “Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value,” by Daniel Isenberg. The fascinating book is colorful collection of stories based on business case studies that Isenberg compiled during the 11 years he taught classes on entrepreneurship at Harvard University. Though the companies profiled are all very different, the entrepreneurs who made them successful have a number of things in common. Isenberg is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker, consultant and former Harvard University professor who now teaches management practice at Babson Global. He founded the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project and recently served as an advisor to the White House on the “Startup America” initiative. During a recent phone interview from his office in...

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