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How to Identify Market White Space – Cambridge MA, January 22

The Harvard GSAS Business Club / Harvard Graduate Student Council/ HBS eClub are hosting me on January 22 in Boston; I hope you can join us.  I'll be speaking on: “The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”  Tuesday, January 22nd, 6pm, Maxwell Dworkin Building, [...continue reading]

8/7: The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space

The "Thought Leaders in Business" series at the Yale Club of New York is hosting me on August 7 for a presentation on "The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”.  I'll discuss how investors and entrepreneurs can identify opportunities to build great businesses. [...continue reading]

Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates

I really enjoyed participating in OCE Discovery (Canada's largest innovation conference). Some of our most exciting companies (500px, Interaxon) are in Canada. I've attached below the video and slide deck on Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates. [...continue reading]

Startup Idea/Seeking Developers to Bid on a Project

  I have a great idea for a product.  I’m looking for an entrepreneur to start a company to provide this product, or a development shop which wants to bid on this project. The big vision: one of the reason for the high valuation of Box and Dropbox is that they render the underlying [...continue reading]

Startup idea: marketplace for business research and students seeking internships / experience

We're looking to spend money with a startup business: a marketplace for businesses which want consulting research and students who want jobs, internships and experience. Specifically, we want a website where we can advertise the research topics that are important to us (e.g., best practices of [...continue reading]

Disruptive Companies in Asset Management

We recently hosted an idea dinner on "Disruptive Companies in the Asset Management Industry". The most attractive industries to disrupt are highly profitable ones, and asset management is traditionally a highly profitable industry. IMHO, the most successful disrupters in this area to date have [...continue reading]

Peter Drucker on the Seven Sources of Systematic Innovation

When Peter Drucker died, his obituaries were so laudatory I thought that I really should become familiar with his work.  So I've been reading through some of his major books.  It's striking how well-written and timeless they are.I just finished his classic "Innovation and [...continue reading]

Free Market Research for Entrepreneurs, at Founder Institute last night

I enjoyed participating in a panel last night on "Market Research for Entrepreneurs", as part of the Founder Institute's first series of New York programming. The other speakers were Nicholas Butterworth, President & CEO, Diversion Media; and Steven Haines, President, Sequent Learning [...continue reading]

Jobs for the autistic/creating a new business

I recently learned about an entrepreneur with a very clever business model: Thorkil Sonne, founder of Danish software testing company Specialisterne.  The 55-person firm's clients include CSC, Microsoft, and Oracle. Specialisterne claims to be the world's first company focused on leveraging [...continue reading]

Web 3.0: Where Are We Headed?

I enjoyed speaking at the recent Web 2.0 New York conference.  I have posted an expanded version of my slide deck on "Web 3.0: Where Are We Headed?"  My thanks to Sutithi Chakraborty for her help in researching this topic. [...continue reading]

Springwise Features New Business Ideas from Around the World

Via Scott Allen: One of the few e-mail newsletters I read from top to bottom every month is Springwise, which features hot new business ideas from around the world. These may be local/regional businesses that can be duplicated in your area, or just an early player in a new market segment that is [...continue reading]

Creativity techniques and tools for problem solving

Creativity techniques and tools for problem solving: "Below are listed a number of creativity techniques to help with creative thinking/brainstorming. Like most tools, these creativity techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity techniques as tools in a toolbox [...continue reading]

where to find an idea for your next great company

I speak with many people who are looking for ideas for a great company to start. As Amar Bhide (a professor of mine) observed: ideas are easy, execution is hard.For good ideas for startups , see Why Not? and/or Halfbakery. [...continue reading]