Start strong with essential early-stage guidance from the VC perspective Startup Opportunities is the go-to guide for anyone with a great business idea. Whether its your first business or your fifth, realistic assessment from the outset can save you a lot of time and money; why pour your heart and soul into a venture that is doomed to fail? Instead, position yourself to win from the very beginning. In this book, accomplished venture capitalists share their insight on startups and entrepreneurs: who will fail, who will succeed and why, and what you should do to give your business the very best shot at becoming a global success story. Youll learn how to evaluate your business with a critical eye, and how early customer development can be key in turning a good idea into a great opportunity. If youre serious about building a business that lasts, this book provides invaluable guidance that you really cannot miss. More than five million people will launch a business this year, and many of them will be great ideas-yet few will be around in five years, and even fewer in ten years. A great idea is not enough to build a successful business. You need to fortify your idea with the proper foundation, and a scaffolding of good planning and early action. This book shows you how. Assess your businesss viability using the 10x Rule Learn when you can quit your day job-or not Take the key steps to making your business succeed Discover the opportunities worth selling everything for This expert author team has witnessed more than 30,000 pitches over two decades, and have participated in over 500 startup launches. Startup Opportunities gives you the benefit of their experience to help you start strong and stay strong. SEAN WISE is an expert on startups and venture capital. He hosts The Naked Entrepreneur , which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and is a prolific business educator, bestselling author, and an international business speaker. He is a partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed-stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator. BRAD FELD has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Hes also a co-founder of Techstars.
No one is born successful. When we were born, we even did not know how to spell successful, knowing its meaning was something quite far-off. As we grew up, we began chipping in efforts to turn our lives into successful lives. Some of us do achieve the success that we have thought about, but that doesnt come without a great deal of effort. One of the most important ingredients in becoming successful is to have a vision, a dream. If you dont know how to dream, you will most probably not achieve anything in life. Some people are afraid to dream, thinking they would be terribly frustrated if they dont achieve their goals. But the fact is that if you dont dream, you probably wont get it. Great people dreamed of flying, going to the moon and so on... you see now that we can fly, we can go to the moon. In this age when people are thinking how to build gadgets that can turn objects and even people invisible, it is quite unwise to restrict ones thoughts. What do you dream about? Probably you dream about having a great business or buying a home or a car of your own. In the light of all the achievements that people have made, do you think all this is as difficult as you think? This shows there is nothing impossible in this world you if you do it the right way, if you take initiatives and plan it properly. Just take the example of Bill Gates, our favorite example actually. Practically the whole world today uses his Microsoft products, not realizing that these products belong to a person who is a computer dropout. Take a look at Facebook. It started as a college project and has today made a revolution in the field of social networking. How can we not talk about Google, which started in a dingy office and today it dominates our online world. All these successes have been achieved in just a few short years! So, dont lose hope, hold on to your big dreams and try to achieve them.
All the practical advice you need for starting a business Starting a business? Dont sweat it! Reflecting todays unique opportunities and challenges, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies is packed with everything you need to manage your personal and business risks and successfully navigate your first year in business. Written in plain English and packed with simple, step-by-step instructions, it shows you how to start up your dream business from scratch, write a winning business plan, secure financing, manage your risks successfully, navigate your first year of operation, and much more! The information inside is amassed from 11 bestselling For Dummies books, covering everything from franchising and home-based businesses to bookkeeping, accounting, branding, and marketing. If youre a go-getter looking for a way to launch a great idea and be your own boss, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies prepares you to beat the odds and become successful in your sector. Covers proven strategies on successfully branding and marketing your business Includes step-by-step guidance on keeping on top of the books Provides coverage of employee engagement and motivating employees Offers helpful hints for overcoming obstacles in starting a business Whether youre an aspiring entrepreneur or an expert looking to innovate, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies is the only reference youll need to start a business from the ground up.
Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject Business economics - Company formation, Business Plans, grade: 81%, University of South Wales, language: English, abstract: The paper aims to analyse the current situation of a fictive company and moreover to work out an adequate internationalisation strategy considering the following three key objectives: 1. Reduce labour costs by shifting the production- centre to a low-income country, 2. Enter new markets in countries with a low level of market satisfaction, 3. Enlarge the range and variety of products through a highly educated R&D-Team. After evaluating the business environment, three potential target countries for the internationalisation process are assessed. In a next step the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are lined out. Moreover a PEST-analysis is conducted to prepare for the location decision. Finally, the most adequate method is selected and a brief conclusion and recommendation are given.
Over the past few years social entrepreneurship has grown as a research field. In this 3rd volume in the series, contributions explore questions of values in social entrepreneurship as well as the identification and exploitation of social venturing opportunities. GEOFF DESA Assistant Professor of Management at San Francisco State University, USA MARIA LAURA DI DOMENICO Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at the Open University Business School, UK KEES DORST Professor of Design and Associate Dean Research at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia HEATHER DOUGLAS Doctorate Candidate at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia PAOLA GRENIER HELEN HAUGH Senior Lecturer in Community Enterprise at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK JILL R. KICKUL Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship, New York University Sterns Berkley Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, USA SIMONE MAASE Consultant for Emerging Social Entrepreneurship at GreenWish, The Netherlands JAVIER MONLLOR Doctoral Candidate in the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA NATHALIE MORAY is Assistant Professor in Management at University College Ghent, Belgium FRANCESCO PERRINI Professor of Management& CSR and SIF Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, the Institute of Strategy, Department of Management of Bocconi University, Milan, Italy BRETT R. SMITH Assistant Professor and the Founding Director, Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Miami University, USA ROGER SPEAR Chair of the ICA Research Committee PAUL TRACEY Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK CLODIA VURRO PhD Candidate of Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy FIONA WILSON Instructor, Simmons College School of Management, Boston, USA JEFFREY G. YORK PhD Candidate in Management and Research Assistant, the Batten Institute, University of Virginias Darden School of Business, USA
Essay from the year 2017 in the subject Business economics - Company formation, Business Plans, , language: English, abstract: Spanx is a company founded in 1998 by Sara Blakely. It manufactures and markets apparel and hosiery products for women through online retailers, department stores and boutiques located across the US, Australia, Canada and the UK. The key products that the company offer include body shapers, bras, panties, slip, tights, and socks. The peculiarity of this company is due to the unique story of how its founder, who without any business and economic education, managed to launch a billion dollar organization. The object of this paper is to analyse which market opportunities existed at the time Sara Blakely decide to create her first body shaper and what type of strategy gave her the chance to successfully exploit these opportunities. Once a detailed assessment will be made, recommendations to new entrepreneurs will be outlined in order to illustrate the importance of the lessons that Spanxs case can provide to current business challenges.
Part of the theory about predicting the direction of technology in this book builds upon work done by Clayton Christensen, a professor of business at Harvard University. Christensen has written many books about how multinational corporations are affected by a topic called disruptive technology. Thomas Vass is a regional economist with a research interest in the relationship between free markets and free citizens. He is the author of books on economic growth and capital markets, including of Predicting Technology: Identifying Future Market Opportunities and Disruptive Technologies, which explains why technology innovation is so important to future economic growth. He also writes books about democratic political theory and American history, including Reclaiming The American Democratic Impulse, and The Republican Abdication of Freedom: The Causes and Consequences of the Republican Party Failure to Defend Individual Freedom. He is ranked in the top 1.8% of 245,000 economists, worldwide, for article downloads on the global platform Social Science Research Network (SSRN). He is a registered investment advisor, and his investment management work involves a commercial application of the Feser Technology Cluster methodology to selecting technology stocks for investment portfolios and identifying private capital investments in regional economies. He is the holder of a patent on technology stock selection. (Vass 7,251,627 July 31, 2007, Method of identifying a universe of stocks for inclusion into an investment portfolio), and the manager of a subscription based equity crowdfunding website, The Private Capital Market. He graduated with a BA in political science, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Masters of Regional Planning, also from UNC-CH.
This book considers how an entrepreneurial university can improve the social and economic development of countries which are technologically underdeveloped, exploring university models in two moderately innovative countries: Spain and Croatia. Marina Dabi? is Professor of Entrepreneurship and International Business at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and Nottingham Business School-NTU, UK. She is the editor of five book series on entrepreneurship in universities and has guest-edited several special issues on innovation, HRM, and transfer technology. She has widely published in international business management science journals and has received grants for several EU-funded projects. Jadranka varc is Senior Research Fellow at the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia. She is an expert in science and innovation policy in transition countries and has been Head of the Department for the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology. Her research focuses on socio-economic and cultural aspects of the knowledge society, innovation system, and research policy and she has published over 40 scientific articles. Miguel González-Loureiro is Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategic Management at the University of Vigo, Spain. His research interests are the intersection between the strategy of survival-growth, internationalization, entrepreneurship, innovation and intangible management. He has published over 30 scientific articles and has guest-edited special issues in the field of strategy and intangible management.
This book assesses the 2008-2009 financial crisis and its ramifications for the global economy from a multidisciplinary perspective. Current market conditions and systemic issues pose a risk to financial stability and sustained market access for emerging market borrowers. The volatile environment in the financial system became the source of major threats and some opportunities such as takeovers, mergers and acquisitions for international business operations. This volume is divided into six sections. The first evaluates the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis and its impacts on Global Economic Activity, examining the financial crisis in historical context, the economic slowdown, transmission of the crisis from advanced economies to emerging markets, and spillovers. The second section evaluates global imbalances, especially financial instability and the economic outlook for selected regional economies, while the third focuses on international financial institutions and fiscal policy applications. The fourth section analyzes the capital market mechanism, price fluctuations and global trade activity, while the fifth builds on new trends and business cycles to derive effective strategies and solutions for international entrepreneurship and business. In closing, the final section explores the road to economic recovery and stability by assessing the current outlook and fiscal strategies.
Uses research and real world case materials to examine how market performance can be sustained, even during a period of austerity, by the implementation of innovation-based growth opportunities and the exploitation of technology.