Innovation for Emerging Markets


Matt Eyring, president of Innosight, explains why disruptive innovation in developing countries means not just tweaking, but instead rethinking, your business

Changing the World through Innovation


- Jay Maharjan
I recently saw the visiting Chilean minister of economy Juan Andrés Fontaine speaking to American entrepreneurs – inviting them to come to innovate in Chile, entirely on their dime. It is a brilliant idea if you think of it  and quite radical at the same time. The Chilean government is sponsoring 25 start-up [...]

Corporate Governance and the Banking Sector


- Jay Maharjan
Whether in North America, Europe or in Asia, banks are going through major transformation. While parts of Asia are looking bullish, the story is different in the United States and in Europe. Storied demise of the banks like Indymac in the United States points to the new need for reform within corporate governance [...]

How India can redefine ‘Industrial Discipline’


- Jay Maharjan
‘Industrial Discipline’ was a remarkable initiative undertaken in the West in the mid fiftees – to get new workforce ready for the industrial revolution. We are seeing a new wave of industrial discipline currently taking place in India and China. Though China is moving at a [...]

Rethinking American export policies to help entrepreneurs


- Jay Maharjan
President Obama’s recent decision to re-strategize the export policy is a timely move. The current trade policy is getting obsolete – with the clauses like the one that restricts Radio Shack from exporting electronic gadgets was appropriate in the 70’s when the rest of the world didn’t have the same level of technology [...]

Signs of the Times


- Jay Maharjan
I was speaking with a veteran multiple Emmy award winning producer and filmmaker the other day and he was sharing his experience on how it took a village to produce the smallest of a TV project 30 years ago and how we have come a long way. When I read this morning about [...]

The End of Middle Management as we know it


- Jay Maharjan
It was a blessing in disguise when I got my first job out of engineering school as a middle manager. Lessons learned that as a middle manager you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. You are given a limited amount of descision making capability from the top and at the [...]

2010 Roundup


- Jay Maharjan
2010 was a roller coaster year for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs faced the good, the bad and the ugly when it came to sustaining their businesses, start-ups. The goal for most entrepreneurs in the United States this past year was to survive over making big plans. Banks were not forthcoming in terms of offering much [...]

Bank investments in private equity: an unfair advantage?


by Stuart Pallister
A recent study has called into question private equity investments by bank-affiliated PE firms. The study by INSEAD Professor Lily Fang with co-authors Victoria Ivashina and Josh Lerner of Harvard, called ‘An Unfair Advantage’? Combining Banking with Private Equity Investing, found that between 1983 and 2009, bank-affiliated groups accounted for more than a [...]

Salvaging the Middle Class


- Jay Maharjan

I do not believe in socialism, but I have to admit that the current socialist Independent Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders’ speech does reflect a fairly accurate state of America. In his passionate speech given on the Senate floor, Senator Sanders presents a case for shrinking middle class in America. He makes his [...]

Government Intervention?


- Jay Maharjan
My recent visit to London and my interaction with scholars at the London Business School and London School of Economics had me thinking about the venture capital model in the UK versus the one that we have in the United States.  Venture capital model is no doubt the way to go to encourage [...]

New tax bill : What It means for entrepreneurs


- Jay Maharjan
Though the current bi-partisan bill is not exactly what most entrepreneurs and businesses wanted, it does have much needed incentives for entrepreneurs.
Bi-partisan effort

Bill clinton said it best during a recent press conference that there is never a perfect bi-partisan bill in the eye of the partisan. Though entrepreneurs and corporate America would simply [...]

Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective


- Jay Maharjan
After catching up on much needed sleep I am starting to reflect on my five week trip to London, Delhi, Mumbai and Kathmandu.
It was great to be able to connect with students and faculty at London School of Business and London School of Economics. I found entrepreneurial spirit to be high among students [...]

Universities: An Entrepreneur’s Ecosystem


Universities offer a thriving ecosystem that lends itself particularly well to entrepreneurship among students, faculty, and staff. My belief in the ability of the institution of higher education to foster entrepreneurship comes first hand from my experiences as a student entrepreneur at the University of Toronto, as well as my work with Young Inventors International, [...]

Biomedical Incubation


4entrepeneur interviews Christian Behrenbruch, Managing Director of Momentum Biosciences in Los Angeles
by Richard Jones, Jr.

In addition to his managing role at Momentum Biosciences, Christian Behrenbruch, PhD MBA, is a Professor in the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, Department of Medical and Molecular Pharmacology, David Geffen School of Medicine and “Entrepreneur in Residence” at UCLA.
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Carpe diem: entrepreneur ecosystem


Here is a great post by Seth Godin on following the principle of ecosystem. Ecosystem is critical for sustaining a healthy economy. Entrepreneurs play a vital role in completing the cycle. Entrepreneurs build companies; entrepreneurs jump in to save ailing companies; entrepreneurs keep on innovating so that there is never a missing link within a [...]

Entrepreneurship: Trade Shows: A view from the trenches


- Jay Maharjan
For the last couple of weeks, I have been writing on the topic of new economy and how entrepreneurs can tackle, get ready for the changing times. As I am preparing to speak on the topic of sustaining as an entrepreneur in tough economies, I visited a couple of trade shows at the [...]

Global Influence of Drucker (video)


These all-volunteer organizations draw on Peter Drucker’s vast body of work for information and inspiration as they seek to effect positive change in their local communities.
By implementing a slate of programs, developed in conjunction with the Drucker Institute, the Drucker Society Network has become a living, breathing embodiment of Peter Drucker’s [...]

Carpe diem


- Jay Maharjan
Holding Banks accountable -
This piece on TheHuffPost makes a valid point why there is a lending freeze in the United States and how it is hurting entrerpeneurs and small businesses like you. While small businesses are uncertain about their tax future, all the bailed out banks are sitting on over trillion dollars cash [...]

Carpe diem: Fostering entrepreneurship equals NEW JOBS


…the only real economic policy today that has any chance of working in the United States today is to promote the emergence of small business.  Many of those businesses will fail; some will become thriving though never large enterprises; a few will become world-changing giants like Microsoft and Google.
Unfortunately for Democrats, the policies needed to [...]

Carpe diem: Education for conceptual economy


Reading ‘How to fix our schools: A manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and other education leaders’ this morning I felt that the authorities at some of the largest school districts are still missing the 100 pound gorilla lingering in this reform process – its not the teachers alone that is causing the school systems [...]

Carpe diem: Small town entrepreneurs


Having spent many years of schooling in the midwest, I really felt how it was like to live in a small town America. Entrepreneurial and creative spirit was  high but the resources were extremely limited. People often made tough choices to either stay home and take on limited career opportunities or leave for more creative [...]

Carpe diem: Druckerism for entrepreneurs


I appreciate wisdom of Peter Drucker lot more now than when I had him as my professor at business school. If he were alive today, he probably would speak up for entrepreneurs, offer his no nonsense advice for entrepreneurs to innovate, stay relevant to the changing times and never to do really well the things that [...]

Carpe diem: need for collaboration


Being part of several powerful conferences in the big apple this past week, I came out feeling strongly about the fact that this is a great time to be an entrepreneur. If you are an entrepreneur, there is no excuse not to be able to make things happen! With the advent and now at its [...]

Carpe diem


Longer unemployment Insurance = Bad economic Policy
While I was contemplating the rationale of Nancy Polisi’s statement about job creating through food stamps and extending unemployment insurance, I saw what today’s Nobel prize winners had to say about the job market and the model of job creation.  Peter A. Diamond, one of Obama’s own nominees for [...]

Sustaining as a Creative Entrepreneur I


- Jay Maharjan
This is a follow-up piece on what I was writing on creative entrepreneurship. I was encouraged to explore further on the topic of creative entrepreneurship after receiving several responses, emails. I also had a great radio call on the same topic this week hosted by Creative Convergence.
As I wrote earlier in one of [...]

John Wooden on true success


With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.

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Nano Entrepreneurship Forum


Center for  NanoComposites & Multifunctional Materials at Pittsburg State University, my alma mater is hosting 2009 nanotechnology entrepreneurship forum on April 24, 2010. Under the guidance of Dr. Chris Ibeh, a leading authority in the field of nano-technology, this forum will focus on nano science and the entrepreneurial aspect of bringing science to market.
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The East LA International Film Festival


Friends at TELA SOFA Jose Yenque and Juan Escobedo are organizing The 2nd East LA International Film Festival. Film makers from around the world – Submit your films directly to TELA SOFA or email to us. TELA SOFA is a collaboration of professional directors, editors, cinematographers, writers, photographers, actors, fashion designers, muralists, painters, makeup artists, [...]

Why Shark Tank was a FLOP


The following is a post written by a blogger Dave Phillipson. Even though I would have written few comments differently, the overall sentiment about the show ‘Shark Tank’  is accurate. Hollywood is known for replicating proven TV formats that are successfully tested elsewhere. The widely popular shows like “Who Wants to be a millionaire”, ‘The [...]

Calera: Possible game-changing clean energy technology


By Chris Savage
This is probably going to look like a commercial for the Calera company but I’ll say right off the bat that I have no connection or financial interest in them.
What I do have is a scientist’s interest in them.
Here’s a statistic that shocked me: cement manufacturing is responsible for 5% of global CO2 [...]

James Cameron: Fear is not an option


James Cameron’s big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “Titanic” and “Avatar.”

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Eric Topol: The wireless future of medicine


Eric Topol says we’ll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine’s future — all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds.

Why you should listen to him:

As director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute [...]

We Are The World 25 For Haiti Video


Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; [...]

‘Avatar’ creator: Failure’s OK, fear isn’t


Long Beach, California (CNN) — A lifelong fascination with science fiction and the ocean has driven “Avatar” director James Cameron’s career, he told the TED2010 conference Saturday.
“The ocean is so rich with amazing life,” he said beginning a session called “Wisdom,” the final one of the conference. “Nature’s imagination is so boundless compared to our [...]

Seven Characteristics of Highly Effective Entrepreneurial Employees


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Fast growing, entrepreneurial organizations need employees who regularly demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics and work habits. Management of entrepreneurial companies must work diligently to recognize, identify and attract this type of employee during the recruitment process to assure a steady stream of the people with the “Right Stuff” to fuel growth of the venture. [...]

JK Rowling: Benefits of failure


JK Rowling penned the bestselling Harry Potter page-turners — a spellbinding, seven-installment fantasy of wizards, warlocks and decidedly British texture that brought her from rags to riches.

Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake


Project Needs and Beneficiaries
The earthquake was the biggest to hit Haiti in over 250 years. Widespread damage and collapsed buildings are widespread. Casualties and death toll are not yet known, but are expected to be high given the quake’s proximity to the capital and flimsy construction of buildings. This Fund will provide emergency relief to [...]

Peter Drucker On Leadership


What Needs to Be Done
Successful leaders don’t start out asking, “What do I want to do?” They ask, “What needs to be done?” Then they ask, “Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?” They don’t tackle things they aren’t good at. They make sure other necessities get done, but [...]

The Decade in Management Ideas


Tis the season for “year’s best” lists — and even, this year, for “decade’s best” lists — and who are we to resist the urge? A few of us HBR editors (Gardiner Morse and Steve Prokesch helped especially) took the opportunity to look back on the past ten years of management thinking and are ready [...]