Indian Story Franchise With The Magic Touch

In this series, Sramana Mitra shares chapters from her book Vision India 2020, that outlines 45 interesting ideas for start-up companies with the potential to become billion-dollar enterprises. These articles are written as business fiction, as if we’re in 2020, reflecting back on building these businesses over the previous decade. We hope to spark ideas for building successful start-ups of your own. I had, for a long time, believed that one of the twenty-first century’s best ventures was... Read more →

The Art of Networking

At the World Economic Forum this year I was discussing with a very successful friend who asked me to not mention his name on our conversation about networking and how he manages his network. I think he doesn’t want to know he’s tracking so much information about everybody that gets close to him in a way or another. He’s a master of networking (answer in comments, who am I talking about?). He knows everyone and he’s at all the top events I go to (Davos, TED, Re/Code, etc etc) and more events... Read more →

Delegation Is Not a Dirty Word!

As Richard Branson said, “If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.”  Delegation is not always the first place we look to resolve a problem. Especially as an owner/operator, it can be all too easy to step in and try and do everything yourself.  Jessica Jackley, founder of KivaBut used well and mindfully, it can make all the difference to your business and it’s growth. “Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on... Read more →

If the Pollsters Are Red-Faced, What Does That Mean for Your Business?

I swore to myself that I would resist the temptation. I fought the pull and the desire. I tried…I really did… But I can no longer resist… How can I NOT comment on the US presidential primaries! Having just completed an around-the-world tour, I can report with accuracy and honesty that wherever I went, wherever I go…the topic of the US elections raises its sometimes ugly; sometimes comic; sometimes tragic head as people, everywhere, perceive it as affecting them in one way or another. And... Read more →

Calendar Confusion: When is my return due?

Do you suffer from tax season deadline confusion? Let me help you gain some perspective. While it gets confusing at times figuring out which United States income tax return is due when, it is far easier than figuring out the date of many springtime religious holidays, festivals, or celebrations. Here are just a few events to consider: For those who celebrate Easter, a complex bit of calculus is necessary. I was raised Catholic and remember every year when my Dad would recite the complicated rules... Read more →

World in 60 Seconds: Merkel, Iran, Brazil, and more

Hello from Tokyo… it’s the World in 60 Seconds! Merkel: Is she in trouble after state elections? Yes, she had kind of a horrible weekend, but there’s no one that’s going to challenge her, and even a weak Merkel is stronger than most leaders in Europe. All leaders in Europe. Iran: Will their missile tests undermine the nuclear deal? No, everybody still wants to do business in Iran, and the inspectors are actually still there. But it’s not making the Americans happy. Sanctions stay... Read more →

What Would Gen Z (those 17 and under) give up to buy a car? The answer may surprise you.

After years of struggling to attract young car buyers, Chevy and Ford may be on the cusp of winning over America’s youngest generation. A new survey by AutoTrader and Kelley Blue Book has found that Generation Z, which it defines as Americans ages 17 and younger, are interested in two of the country’s oldest and most recognized auto brands. More importantly, these young buyers appear to have a greater desire to get their driver’s license and buy a new vehicle than millennials did... Read more →

What’s Luck Got To Do With It? A Lot.

I’ve always loved the concept of serendipity— good things happening just by pure chance. I love this concept so much that I used to think that if I ever had a girl I would want to name her Seren. But then, by happenstance, I met a man by the name of Herrin, and that plan was out the window. I still do love the idea of good luck, though – like a four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day. Who doesn’t? What role do you think luck plays in your life? I believe has played a huge role in my success... Read more →

Practicing some organizational jujutsu

“We’re really trying to change our culture and become more agile,” a senior executive from a global industrial company told me during her recent visit to Raleigh, “but we’re trying to do this in the face of hundreds of years of entrenched tradition.” She was looking for a way to fight against that tradition. People working at large companies with deep, rich histories often ask me some of the most challenging and thought-provoking questions about open organizations.... Read more →

LinkedIn’s $18.6 Million In-Kind Gift to Help Volunteers Put Their Skills to Good Use

LinkedIn renews commitment to social sector and the promise of creating new opportunities for volunteers to use their talents and skills to make a difference In June of 2014, VolunteerMatch announced an exciting partnership with LinkedIn For Good that automatically reposts every skilled volunteer opportunity created on VolunteerMatch to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace — and with it the potential to tap into LinkedIn’s massive talent base. This in-kind commitment will enable VolunteerMatch... Read more →
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