Social Business Part 1 — The stalled emergence of the social enterprise

The concept of the social enterprise is increasingly found in the news, social media and in the organizations arising to support them.  The social enterprise is expected to provide solutions to social issues while also being sustainable.  This sustainability is accomplished through a hybrid of not-for-profit and for-profit business models.  In my observation these entitiesContinue reading “Social Business Part 1 — The stalled emergence of the social enterprise”

Business building should be open ended

In years past the business building process involved putting together a plan with milestones and deadlines.  Often the plan building process took months and was completed before any discussions with potential customers were done.  The entrepreneur stayed tightly within the bounds of the plan forging ahead even when things weren’t working.  If there was outsideContinue reading “Business building should be open ended”

Large companies as platforms for enterpreneurship

Entrepreneurship is not something that often arises when we think of large companies.  Maybe that is because we think of the legacy products and large scale infrastructure when we think of a large company.  We see bureaucracy and a commitment to productivity over change.  That perception would not be wrong because in most instances thatContinue reading “Large companies as platforms for enterpreneurship”

Finding a real world problem to solve

As I have mentioned in previous posts a wave of entrepreneurs creating new ventures has a greater ability to solve the problems and capitalize on today’s opportunities than existing top down institutions.  Since that time I have had the opportunity to work with many entrepreneurs and speak with other mentors and funders of entrepreneurship.  WhileContinue reading “Finding a real world problem to solve”

Who needs process — let’s just get out there and do it. Right?

People, especially entepreneurs, don’t like to follow process if they can avoid it.  This fact is especially true when the process is not intuitive.  We are generally driven to just get started and build stuff.  My belief about how we assess someone’s contribution is based on their list of stuff.  The people with the longer listContinue reading “Who needs process — let’s just get out there and do it. Right?”

What kind of society do we want and how do we create it?

The first step in deciding what an entrepreneurial society should look like or whether it is even feasible we need to decide what we want as a society.  While we like to blame others for things we don’t like such as offshoring of jobs, income inequality and environmental problems we as the people of societyContinue reading “What kind of society do we want and how do we create it?”