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A crack team of professors from Southern University College of Business, Louisiana, United States of America, is in the country conducting leadership and entrepreneur development skills training for 50 university graduates and middle-level young Liberian entrepreneurs. About 65% of the trainees are women and girls.
The training is ongoing at Thinkers Village outside Monrovia where the professors say the young Liberian entrepreneurs are in high gear and are positively responding to lectures and courses they are being taught.
Making a little girl's life better may rival extensive work with his alma mater as Stephen Cooper's most rewarding giving back.
When considering the optimal number of founders for any new entrepreneurial adventure, the calculus extends well beyond simple formulas seemingly supported by observations of startup cohorts within specific industries. Famous technology twosomes that come to mind include David Packard and William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple, Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. In these examples, it is widely observed that these buddy teams complemented each other well in the early formative years of their companies.
From a lab at MIT to connecting 50,000 high school students live around the world, Norman Gaut's team at PictureTel were pioneers in connecting the world via real-world time, visual communications.
Chasing an entrepreneurial dream can be an all-consuming effort. Particularly in those crucial early days of a startup, founders seem to eat, sleep and breathe their businesses. This naturally occurring tunnel vision has a purpose, of course, allowing entrepreneurs to give their business babies the time and attention they need to mature. But this heads-down mode is not without its drawbacks, one of which is neglecting to stay up on current events--particularly the happenings that can impact the entrepreneurs who are inadvertently paying no attention to them.
In perusing last week's headlines (and a few stragglers from the week prior), I realized I was drawn to numerous articles pertaining to entrepreneurial support beyond that in the United States. For those who don't know, my work at Kauffman allows me to travel a bit--about 100,000 miles a year to be exact.
There is no shortage of well-educated people in academic environments. But the challenge is in turning the attention of those bright minds to entrepreneurship. Here are a few ideas on how to do it.
Part 2 of 2: Thom Ruhe speaks on entrepreneur/CPA/lawyer/author Lou Hutt's popular XM Radio show discussing various matters related to entrepreneurship, the Kauffman Foundation, the E=R Campaign and our current business/economic climate.
Profiling twenty-five methods used by consistently successful companies to stay ahead, often way ahead, this article will at the very least give you great ideas you can adapt and at best spark a few of your own. The innovative, highly effective techniques range from extreme tracking of competitors' numbers (Hewlett-Packard) to providing thousands of toys and gadgets to spark creativity (Ideo) to betting on new-product launch dates (Microsoft) to bright red "bad news" file folders (Colgate-Palmolive) that can head off catastrophe.
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