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Bet on the Horse: Determining Success Factors of New Businesses
12/6/2006
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In making their investment decisions, venture capitalists should bet on the product or process in a company over the management team, according to research from the University of Chicago School of Business. The researchers studied 49 venture-backed companies and found surprising stability of the firms' business models compared to management teams.

Go To Source (www.chicagogsb.edu)
Leveraging Your Intellectual Property
12/1/2006
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This document provides an expert review of the myriad forms of intellectual property, and it illustrates how entrepreneurs can use IP protection to grow their business.

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Memorandum of Understanding for a Strategic Partnership
12/1/2006
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This sample legal agreement covers terms and conditions relevant to strategic partnering, including language on transaction structure, due diligence, and financing. It uses a real estate transaction as its example, but the agreement's structure and terminology can be broadly applied.

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Partnering Proposition Worksheet
12/1/2006
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This worksheet helps entrepreneurs facilitate strategic partner recruitment by establishing a preparatory process in advance of the first exploratory call with a partner prospect.

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Premier Partner Distribution Agreement
12/1/2006
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This sample distribution agreement template includes terms for strategic partner responsibilities and obligations, such as shipment and delivery of product, as well as language covering confidentiality and termination.

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Boom Town
1/19/2007
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African-Americans are launching and growing businesses at higher rates than other entrepreneurs in the U.S. Whether attributed to corporate layoffs, diversity programs, or targeted business development initiatives, Chicago's Cook County is seeing the highest African-American entrepreneurial growth rates in the nation.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Get That Gazelle Out of My Space!
1/8/2007
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This article provides a helpful list of commonly used terms in the technology and entrepreneurship realm, including barriers to entry, discounted net present value, and the long tail.

Go To Source (www.innovation-america.org)
G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide
1/17/2007
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As the world becomes flatter, we realize the role that culture and connectivity play in the development of our business models and social networks. Danah Boyd gives us an interesting look at how these elements play into the proliferation of online communities, and how the rules of engagement for these new businesses are also models of behavior and execution for other areas of the entrepreneur's life.

Go To Source (www.danah.org)
The Four Drivers of Innovation
1/19/2007
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Innovation is commonly thought to be the same as creativity, but according to research from the Gallup organization, creativity is a precursor to innovation only when coupled with business action. This article highlights the ways in which entrepreneurs can foster an environment of innovation, including finding and nurturing talent and developing managers.

Go To Source (gmj.gallup.com)
Five to Help You Thrive
2/16/2007
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This article suggests that there are five key relationships that entrepreneurs running growth companies should work on developing: relationships with customers, employees, vendors, bankers, and mentors.

Go To Source (www.rismedia.com)

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