Sustainability

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 ...

Restaurant Startups Best Advice

Restaurant Startups Best Advice My former student, Cody Durant, on the Marlboro College MBA in Managing for Sustainability has written an Ebook that all restaurant entrepreneurs would be well advised to buy and read right away. The book is called Redefining the Restaurant Experience: Transitioning to Sustainability. It is set out like a restaurant menu, with three courses and a desert. It is very nicely done and easy to read and assimilate. The book is well illustrated and has many short inter...

Grassroots Entrepreneurship

Grassroots Entrepreneurship I have been invited to run a couple of Workshops on Grassroots Entrepreneurship at theAnnual Conference of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. This came about because a while back I started writing about Community Supported Business on Startup Owl. Community Supported Business is a growing phenomenon, especially in rural Vermont, and it will be interesting to see how that state's experience will be picked up by others. Community Supported Business (CSB) is som...

10 New Conditions of Business

10 New Conditions of Business I have just published a set of 1o New Conditions of Business, to help entrepreneurs recognize some really important trends that are most likely affecting their startup whether they know it or not. They are all very important and complex. I don't begin to think that my introductions are the best in the world, nor is the list necessarily complete. I invite readers to review what I have written, comment, add, or suggest improvements to the set of ten topics, which a...

Startups Using Crowdfunding

Startups Using Crowdfunding Two friends have started businesses, one for profit and one a non-profit, that combine crowdfunding with other techniques. One in the US and one in Europe, and in totally unrelated fields. The first concerns nature conservation and the second concerns the maker movement. What is interesting is how both have used the process of social media and crowdfunding to go about changing the world in their separate spheres. Just like how manufacturers of wind turbines use sim...

Startup Game Changers

Startup Game Changers         Startup Game Changers are not simply those who disrupt the existing market. They are more and more entrepreneurs who want the present business status quo to change. They want business life to be inherently different, responding the needs and aspirations of all the stakeholders, not simply the owners or the customers. These social activists and social entrepreneurs are the darlings of the tech and environmental press. They have names like Y...

SocialEntrepreneur

  SocialEntrepreneur is not a misprint. When you see the two words joined together, what is your reaction? Do they look like they don't go together? I see them as a matched pair and socialentreprenurship is what all entrepreneurship has to be about. “If your company doesn't care, it will not be in business for long.”  This a quote from Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. One definition of social entrepreneurship is that it mea...

Apple’s Guiding Policy is 3-Legged

Apple's Guiding Policy is 3-Legged Apple makes a serious commitment to three components of business strategy: Product Leadership Operational Excellence Customer Intimacy Customer intimacy is not the first thing that people associate with Apple, but it's the coherence of that policy with product leadership and operational efficiency that makes the whole guiding policy of the company so effective and successful. Customer Intimacy AppleCare is probably the most significant action in th...

Urban Farming is About People

Urban Farming is About People I am lucky enough to have had an MBA student who is now a maven in the urban faming world. Ryan Finch is the General Manager of Raleigh City Farm in North Carolina and she speaks eloquently about how urban faming is not just an ecological movement, but rather it's about people and community. In a TEDEx talk–"Enchantment on an Urban Farm", she tells the story of the Raleigh City Farm, a relatively new social enterprise in one of the cities that make up the R...

Change the world by bike

Zambikes International is a Californian company set up in 2010 that provides worldwide distribution for Zambian-made Bamboo bicycles, providing increase employment and impact into the lives of the Zambians who make them. In Zambia, unemployment is over 50%, literacy is low, and school is not free. Finding a job supports more than the individual; it also supports their children, brothers, sisters, and the entire community. When you buy a bamboo bike, you are employing 40+ Zambikes workers that...