Author: Doug Hardy

Doug Hardy

Doug Hardy is an award-winning writer, editor, and content strategist focused on management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and human capital topics as well as narrative nonfiction. He is the author or co-author of nine books and scores of online and offline articles. After years in book and magazine publishing, Hardy moved online in 1993, leading online editorial groups at The New York Times Magazine Company,, and ATT New Media. He is a veteran speaker to business and consumer gatherings, and a content marketing consultant as well as a certified career coach.

A New Definition of Success

As a newly minted college graduate, Kelly Murphy Greeley had a plan. Her first years out of undergrad found her working at an investment firm, and later, moving to a consulting firm. By her own account, Greeley “really felt like I was on my way.” But, losing a dear aunt to cancer helped Greeley realize…

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Slow Money Investing Takes Root

Slow Money Investing Takes Root

“We’re running out of dirt.” In this short phrase, Woody Tasch, venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, and author, describes the environmental degradation caused by current farming methods. Many stories are familiar: fertilizer runoff contaminating waterways and wetlands; pesticides killing birds and insects; and the recent collapse of entire bee populations. Tasch’s “quiet crisis of the world…

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Mentors: An Entrepreneur’s Most Valuable Player

Mentor Mentee

Ask entrepreneurs to describe their mentors and you’ll hear the words adviser, advocate, backer, believer, consultant, coach, confessor, critic, cheerleader … straight through the alphabet to zealot. While much is made of the critical importance of finding a mentor, the term can seem as broad as the spectrum of human relationships. “In the best case,…

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Debating the Exit Strategy

Startup Exit Strategy

“Begin with the end in mind” is the famous second rule of Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. For the venture-minded entrepreneur, that end might be a successful business … but then what? What are the different paths to “done” for an entrepreneur starting out? Is it going public, getting acquired,…

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Becoming a Conscious Capitalist

Conscious Capitalism Institute

Professor Raj Sisodia, chairman and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, is the co-author (with Whole Foods Founder John Mackey) of business bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. In addition to helping companies around the world adopt the mindset of Conscious Capitalism, Sisodia also is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business…

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How to Ape Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki might balk at the label Legendary Marketing Guru, but his 1.2 million social media followers are voting with their tweets—his writing on marketing, evangelizing, social media, and more spreads far and wide. Recipient of an honorary doctorate from Babson College, Kawasaki was the original Apple chief evangelist and has written 12 books, including…

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Big Business, Startup Mentality


Large corporations find it difficult to innovate. For all their advantages—access to capital, existing customer relationships, patents, strong operations that can bring ideas to marketplace quickly, and more—big companies are notoriously slow to come up with curve-jumping products and services. Only three of Fast Company’s top 10 “Most Innovative Companies” this year are big global…

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Amplifying Impact with AltruHelp


Mathew Paisner is not your average social innovator. To start with, he began his career at Oppenheimer Funds, where he helped oversee its $20 billion taxable fixed income mutual fund product line. Not yet 30 years old and armed with a background in finance, an MBA, and a Lewis Institute Changemaker Award, Paisner now heads…

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Entrepreneur-Friendly Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform: Startup Act 3.0

Steve Case must be an optimist. The co-founder of America Online and current CEO of blue-chip venture firm Revolution LLC thinks a bipartisan majority in Congress will pass immigration reform this year … or at least the targeted reform of Startup Act 3.0 (pdf), a bill designed to keep the best of foreign-born brains and talent…

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Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II

Social Innovation

Three Models of Social Investing Social investment platforms are as diverse as the challenges they seek to address. They share a common goal of having a positive effect and supporting social causes, but approach community engagement and fundraising differently. Here are three distinct flavors of social investing, along with some of the success stories that…

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