Startups

Best Business Plan Software

Best Business Plan Software   Best Business Plan Software: using the best software is a critical component of startup success. I have been practicing and teaching new business creation for 35 years and have tended to veer away from 'template' business plans for two reasons: first, they relieve you of thinking and questioning your own assumptions too hard, and second they encourage you to believe that there is a set formula. However, that was before I encountered LivePlan from Palo Alto Softwar...

Raising Capital with an Internet Go-Between

Raising Capital with an Internet Go-Between Entrepreneurs often come across finance brokers of various kinds, including many on the Internet, but I recently met Hall T Martin who founded TEN Capital in Texas. Hall T has created an organization that has been very successful in raising capital for new ventures in Texas. I forecast that we will see more of this kind of new Go-Between, elsewhere in the United States or across the globe, if TEN Capital doesn't get there first. What is special abo...

Entrepreneur Who Isn’t

Entrepreneur Who Isn't Lost City Beneath the Sod Stuart Wilson, 37, is a graduate archaeologist—and entrepreneur, though he might not classify himself as such. He was a toll collector when he invested in his passion: archaeological excavation. He followed a conviction that he was on the trail of a long lost major medieval city in Trellech, Wales. Whereas he might have put a deposit on a home, or bought a sports car, he actually bought a 4.6 acre field—for £32,000 (about $40,000 at current ...

Startup Learning Opportunities

Startup Learning Opportunities Startup learning opportunities abound. Not all of them require you going to business school to do an MBA. Many are available on line. Some are even free. Plenty of people have business ideas and at the same time lack any notion of how to turn those ideas into a business reality. It is highly likely that, with a bit of knowledge and structure, those budding entrepreneurs would have a much better chance of success that if they launch themselves into the abyss. T...

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change the Social & Economic Story

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change the Social & Economic Story Men and women who create for-profit and nonprofit new ventures can and should do things of the kind that the President-Elect is likely to neglect, negate, or avoid. Entrepreneurs can quietly change the story, one organization at a time, whatever government may or may not do. Here are ten ways venture founders can alter the course implied by what we know of Donald Trump's intentions. They are all within our own authority, not t...

What about us little local guys ‘n gals

What about us little local guys 'n gals? "There is plenty of conventional "establishment" writing and advice to startups as to how to raise money from billion-dollar VC funds, how to design companies for rapid growth then acquisition by big pharma/tech, how to ingratiate themselves with bankers and high finance—in general, how to become the growth cogs for the 1% (by convincing the founders/management that they personally can join the 2% as a goal). There is very little true attention to smal...

See the world more clearly

See the world more clearly Founders who want to change the world are achieving their goal. More and more major corporations have decided that their values should not just be nice catch phrases, but be exhibited in all their actions. Without a band of founders prepared to say "enough is enough", they might well have gone on their merry way, rather than beginning to see he world more clearly. Like many other among my MBA New Venture Creation students, Dhruv Jagasia, founded his own business: D...

Female Founders

Female Founders Female Founders is a new feature at Startup Owl. Among other things it lists over 30 sources of startup and early-stage funding that are specifically aimed at female founders. There is pointed advice from female founders for intending female entrepreneurs. The page is written by Will Keyser in conjunction with Danielle Tate, founder of misnowmrs.com and author of the Elegant Entrepreneur.  Why do I as a male think the issue of the low proportion of businesses that are created b...

Storybeing: India in Corsica

Storybeing: India in Corsica Storybeing What do you think is going on in the image above?  No, you are wrong. It is the making of a Bollywood film on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Last July an group of Indian filmmakers descended on the island to make a film called Tamasha and they were amazed to find rituals, music and culture that made them think of home—so far away. You will enjoy watching this 3-minute video. It's fun just for itself. An old Corsican acquaintance of mine, Jean-...

Are You and Entrepreneur?

  Are you an entrepreneur? 8 questions to help you decide. Here are 8 questions that will help you decide if you have what it takes to start your own business. If you only score a total of 8, this is probably not the life for you; if you score 40, go for it right now! Check each how strongly the statements apply to you, with a 1 being not very applicable and 5 being absolutely how you are. Think about the characteristics carefully and be honest with yourself. Nobody is going to check your an...