In Italy, the past does not have to mean the future. Being an entrepreneur has historically been tough, but there are good things happening in Trento.
Enterpreneurs are not losers… unless they quit.
I have a friend who just had his first child. He’s over the moon about this baby and OK, all his friends are happy for him too, but he sends out constant emails with photos, short video clips, frequent little stories about first baby steps. There are facebook pages and even twitter messages from time to time. This is a great example of pitch and even the most experienced entrepreneur in the world could learn a thing or two from a new parent. This is how you should pitch your…
When I was 15 I listened to Joni Mitchell sing of finding true love. When I was 20 Bob Dylan sang about truth and courage. When I was 30 Bono sang about purpose and changing the world. Now I am over 50 and I just discovered a band of a bunch of Venture Capitalists who sing about Bernie Madoff stealing from investors. The Circle of Life is grand.
European Entrepreneurs must Startup Global European startup companies actually have a big advantage over US based startups and many don’t even know it. No, I am not talking about fat government subsidies or protected local markets. I am talking about “street smarts”.
Today you can have a great day or a lousy one. It´s your choice. How much energy do you generate for your business?
There are two kinds of bootstrapping that are critical for entrepreneurs. One is about your business. The other is about your life.
I read lots of business plans and I meet with many different companies each week. Not all impress me. I meet lots of talented engineers who struggle with marketing and I meet plenty of brilliant marketing people who push lousy products. Sometimes I get bored because I want it all. I want brains and beauty, strength and gentleness, speed and agility, vision and attention to detail, heart and soul.
Being a successful entrepreneur is an inner game.
While the global finance crisis might be showing some signs of improvement, the outlook for the entrepreneur is still bleak. Without easy access to capital, entrepreneurs cannot grow. A forest without new growth will age quickly just like an economy without new growth will fall. While governments around the world are busy propping up old businesses in order to save jobs, they might just be missing an important point. Old forests are supposed to die in order to make way for the new.