entrepreneurial education

Surge Rate of Hispanic Entrepreneurship

Hispanic Entrepreneurs Are Beating Expectations and Bolstering the U.S. Economy

This point obviously seems to be missed in our current political debate. And the conclusions here are driven by numbers and data, not rhetoric. Hispanic entrepreneurship helps drive our economic growth. Read More

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Comments on Educational Gaming Article

Posted comments today on interesting article on “The Psychology Behind Why Gaming Helps Students Learn” in K-12 Tech Decisions. Article focused on how educational gaming helps students learn and provides good insights for using educational gaming for management training as I noted in my comments. My comments also noted that educational gaming is a high potential growth market Read More

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Entrepreneurship-Interview-Aug 7th

Untitled design(2)Interview and Book Review published in Ocean City Today – August 7th  issue:

Interview/Review- Ocean City Today Aug 7th

I shared why I wrote the new book- to help entrepreneurs create successful companies, moving beyond basic “start your own your business” guidelines to reach the critical five year survival milestone.

I also shared some key points, such as why clearly defining your business model and strategy up-front, is critical, and discussed what readers are saying.

I emphasized that statistics show entrepreneurs are a major force to spur job creation, and economic growth. New policies/programs to directly help entrepreneurs; proposed new university programs to more tightly link to the business community and leverage university assets and IP; and national entrepreneurship initiatives are my vision that I shared during the interview

I will be expanding on these points in upcoming interviews  and presentations. Stay tuned…comments always welcomed.

 

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

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Quote for Entrepreneurs

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.

                                                                                                                         – Aldous Huxley

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Comments on Forbes Article – Millennials Want To Be Entrepreneurs, So Why Aren’t They Starting Businesses?

Posted comments today on Forbes article by Jared Meyer on why millenials are not pursuing their “entrepreneurial dreams” and reinforced the same points I am making in other forums:

— 50% of new ventures fail within five years- we need to educate entrepreneurs, provide tools and ‘best practices’ to create more ‘Survivor’ entrepreneurs

— We do a poor job of offering entrepreneurial education curriculum that really addresses the skills needed to develop winning entrepreneurial management strategies and improve the probability of success

You can see a copy of the Forbes article and comments at http://tinyurl.com/nb9qmzk– here is a copy of my posted comments:

Jared:

Thanks for insightful article- good discussion. Glad to share four perspectives on entrepreneurship based on my experience and publications.

First, serving as an Adjunct Professor at 3 leading universities since 2002 teaching mostly Capstone courses, at the first class I always ask for a show of hands on the question “How many of you would like to be an entrepreneur?” after graduation. My survey results shows 50 percent or less answer yes, and sometimes much less. While they see upside, most also understand the challenges here and life’s realities on the need for a steady income, and I am sure this drives these numbers much lower.

Sec1ondly, entrepreneurs must invest time, resources, maybe take a second mortgage on a home, max credit card debt, and if really fortunate, may attract some investors and capture customers. But statistics show half of these new ventures are doomed to fail within five years. Looking deeper, SBA statistics show what drives all business failures: Management Competence (46%), Lack of Managerial Experience (30%), and Lack of Market Sector Experience (11%). Summary- entrepreneur commitment and risks are high, the probability of success are modest.

Third, in my view we are failing in educating entrepreneurs to meet today’s new venture challenges.

Today’s market, technology, and competition challenges are tougher than ever and savvy investors know that. New players emerge and are attacked by newer players using even newer technology. Teaching entrepreneurs how to start and manage a new venture really is the easy part – from business idea, business plan, resources, and launch – the skills needed here can be learned. In a recent book (8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business), I defined these “SYOB” (“Start Your Own Business”) skills as Entrepreneurial Management 1.0, and these skills are not sufficient to meet today’s challenges

Finally, simply put, yesterday’s skills do not meet today’s entrepreneur’s needs. Recognize that Fortune 500 companies develop new ventures using some SYOB techniques, but before committing resources to pursue new ventures, major firms do more- they look at strategic issues; identify value chain metrics; identify peer group competitors; assess market attractiveness using Five Forces Models; identify alliances and global strategies; assess how venture metrics impact overall ROI given 3 to 5,000 other products and services, and so on. And these new skills are the foundation for what I call Entrepreneurial Management 2.0, a new entrepreneurial management discipline I developed building on SYOB tools, drawing upon Fortune 500 firm techniques for launching and managing new ventures, and my experiences working with many early stage companies. Entrepreneurial Management 2.0 is a portfolio of new entrepreneurial management skills organized into 8 Building Blocks to meet today’s business challenges to help manage and grow new ventures. (see “Half of All New Ventures Fail Within 5 Years- What Is Driving This Sobering SBA Statistic?”) The objective here- help entrepreneurs launch, manage, and grow successful ventures and reduce new venture failure rates.

I share your view on the role entrepreneurship plays in driving economic growth and working on several proposed programs to meet this need (national and regional level), and also exploring a new venture development fund. In 2009, I developed and managed a new Step Up Program to bridge the academic and business community and help educate entrepreneurs- more info and press interview at George Mason University Step Up Program and Paul B. Silverman – Press Interview. This is a representative direction I foresee, coupled with creative new venture financing options.

Summarizing, we can be doing much more to educate and motivate entrepreneurs, jumpstart and grow our entrepreneurship sector- these actions will also drive positive economic growth

Paul B. Silverman

 

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

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Comments On Richard Branson Post TED Talk

Commented on excellent Richard Branson TED talk How To Hack Into Happiness good messages here.

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

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NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

New Facebook Page – will focus on #entrepreneurship, #predictive analytics, #new ventures, #healthcare

More to follow. Check out http://tinyurl.com/m8t5z4g

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

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Failure Is Often A Key Driver for Success: Check out “Failing Forward — 3 Tips for Failing Your Way to Success”

Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the story of Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb. To outsiders, looks like a waste of time and effort- we see about 10,000 failures and one success. Thomas Edison saw it differently in his widely quoted views on success and failure: “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

I agree with Thomas Edison and always define failures as “Learning Experiences” — this works for me.

I recommend checking out “Failing Forward — 3 Tips for Failing Your Way to Success” – an excellent perspective on success and failure from Marshall Graham, Managing Partner at Indian River Advisor, LLC. Excellent insights here for all entrepreneurs.

 

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

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WSJ – Comments on Alibaba “Singles Day” Results

On November 10th, the WSJ reviewed Alibaba results and the Gross Merchandising Volume or “GMV” metric used to measure performance of e-marketplace companies such as AliBaba and others. I find GMV and related platform business model metrics not well understood. These will be increasingly important as growth of “customer to customer” platform networks accelerate in healthcare and other sectors. Below is a full copy of my comments. Link to the WSJ article and edited comments at http://tinyurl.com/n369mha

Eeading about Alibaba’s business model, I recall the “eyeball model” driving the e-commerce explosion in the 1990’s. The premise- attract large numbers of users/customers to your site, generate value by product and service sales and, most important, generate scale to drive advertising revenue and “exponential” future earnings. Some did it well such as eBay, but the model spawned hundreds of new ventures and most failed. Why? Management, undercapitalized, poor execution strategy- these are the usual reasons most ventures fail. But there was also a fatal flaw here- the eyeball model at the time could not create a universally successful business in all sectors without careful positioning and deep pockets, not the outcome many investors expected. “Build it and they will come”- they didn’t.

Fast forward to today. Alibaba reported very impressive results on “Singles Day”, I.e., 111114, reporting 35 billion yuan ( about $5.75 billion) in the 24 hour Singles Day period. GMV or Gross Merchandise Value is their key business model metric- high GMV translates to higher revenue and presumably long term earnings growth. Following a $25 billion IPO two months ago, there is great pressure to show high GMV.

Several comments here. No question Alibaba is an outstanding success by any measure. One question is long term sustainability. Having merchants offer steep discounts ( 50 % in some cases) to create high single day sales volume looks like a “loss leader” strategy- at least one analyst also questioned whether this is sustainable long term. Remember Groupon and LivingSocial issues. Secondly, note GMV shows total value of transactions sold through Alibaba’s marketplace platform and is not a well defined standard. GMV may include shipping charges, items that will be returned, and other components for the “customer to customer” sales via Alibaba’s platform. GMV is excellent for comparing marketplace companies, but each player may use different assumptions to calculate. Finally, recognize GMV is one of several platform model metrics such as Gross Transaction Volumes or GTV which is well suited for platforms using commission-based pricing strategies. Bottom line here- Alibaba’s success will spur other “GMV” centric new ventures as did the “eyeball” model- lets understand the definitions here and standardize, ensure the proper financial accounting and reporting practices are in place, and ensure the e-marketplace sector achieves the global market growth we all foresee.

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

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Inc. – 8 Recommended Courses for Entrepreneurs 

Interesting Inc. Article on 8 recommended courses entrepreneurs should take. Check out  http://tinyurl.com/mct6llb

I posted following comments:

Good post and pleased to contribute here.  I like to say the “traditional laws of business are not repealed for new ventures”- not all agree with this assertion but my experience with many ventures shows these skills improve probability of success. Your selection of recommended courses is a good starting point and reinforces this point which I believe is missed by many. I suggest two additional recommended course areas

— Mathematics/Statistics – new business models and ventures are using analytics to develop innovative lines of business. Conceiving, managing, marketing, financing and growing these new analytics-centric businesses in fiercely competitive markets demands new analytic skills I find lacking. These skills can provide a competitive edge

–International – all business is global and more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 revenue is derived from overseas business. Entrepreneurs should understand how to operate in the international arena, i.e., how non-GAAP differs from GAAP reporting; how to develop equity and non-equity intl alliances; how exchange rates impact financial flows and strategies- all important management skills that provide entrepreneurs with a competitive edge.

Paul B. Silverman writes about entrepreneurship, healthcare, analytics, and strategy management and serves as Advisor, Speaker, Educator, and Managing Partner of the Gemini Business Group, LLC, a new venture development firm, and author of “8 Building Blocks To Launch, Manage, And Grow A Successful Business.” He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. See more at Paul B. Silverman Blog and sign up for Entrepreneurship Today! email updates to track latest new venture developments.

 

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