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Gail Simmons on Creating a Career

Gail Simmons

“What is food but a huge window into every culture in the world?” That is the kind of rhetorical question an anthropologist might ask, so it makes sense coming from Gail Simmons, who studied anthropology in college before embarking on a career that has taken her around the world, bite by bite. In some ways,…

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Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and the Competitive Drive

Athletes Entrepreneurs Competitive Drive

During the Sochi Olympics, more than 1,300 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to athletes from around the world. Closer to home, runners layered in winter gear diligently grind out long runs and practice hills in anticipation of the Boston Marathon in April. And, in accelerator conference rooms and campus lecture halls, entrepreneurs polish…

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Hanging in the Balance with Sophia Chang

Sophia Chang

On any given day, Sophia Chang could be producing a fashion show for Bravo’s “Project Runway All Stars” or promoting a concert for Q-Tip. Find her side by side with GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan running Science Genius, a program that uses rap as a tool to get New York City high schoolers excited about…

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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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How an Alpine Adventure Inspired a Business


What can the Matterhorn, a 14,000-foot alpine peak, teach an entrepreneur about running a business? For Roger Beaudoin, the lessons he has learned scaling the Swiss Alps and rappelling down mountains closer to his New England home have had a far-reaching influence. “Starting a business and climbing a mountain both require a sense of adventure,…

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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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All Kinds of Minds: A Conversation with Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin wears many hats: she is a professor, author, animal behaviorist, inventor, autism advocate, and the subject of a Golden Globe Award-winning film. One role she never has considered, however, is entrepreneur. “That word never even crossed my mind,” she told me as we spoke one morning last winter. “[I’m a] startup person,…

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The Power of PR

Startup & Small Business PR: Entrepreneurship of All Kinds

In business and in newsrooms, timing is everything. Just ask Sanjay Kamlani and David Perla, co-founders of legal outsourcing firm Pangea3 and managing directors at 1991 Ventures. Several years ago, Thomson Reuters was negotiating with Kamlani and Perla to acquire their company. On the morning of a big meeting in New York City with senior…

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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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