Recommending Books for Purchase (Bulletin 177 - December 2021): Latest Titles
Recommending Books for Purchase (Bulletin 177 - December 2021):Latest Titles
Entrepreneurship, Business Enterprises, Business and Management, Decision Sciences
Regional Differences in Women Entrepreneurship by Esra Sena Türko (Editor)
Publication Date: 2021-08-18
Description: In women entrepreneurship studies, the regional emphasis generally remained limited to the studies carried out within the scope of regional development. Regional differences were detected in many studies. However, unless the research was conducted within the theoretical framework of the regional economy, they were not discussed within this context. This book aims to represent the findings of studies on women entrepreneurship from various theoretical frameworks, which address differences and similarities at the regional level together and reveal the big picture. In addition, the factors causing differences in women entrepreneurship at the regional level and the topics, in which differences were observed, have been examined. The research involves conceptual and applied studies.
Super-Entrepreneurship Decoded: 5 Secret Keys to Create Breakthrough Businesses that Change the World by Fabrice Testa
Publication Date: 2021-09-14
Description: All across the planet, entrepreneurs and innovators are actively working to solve humanity's toughest problems. If you are an inventor, trailblazer, or game-changer who dreams of making the world a better place through crazy ideas with extraordinary results, this book is for you.Super-Entrepreneurship Decoded will show you step by step how to make that dream a reality, from tackling an insurmountable problem to creating the kind of breakthrough business that can fix it.Learn about the Age of Exponential Acceleration, in which super-entrepreneurs have become motivated to act boldly in solving the world's biggest problems. Discover the five secrets of the top super-achievers who are changing the way we travel, eat, work, and simply go about our daily lives.By applying the unique method presented in Super-Entrepreneurship Decoded, you will be able to materialize your dreams, build your own future, and achieve anything you want in life.
Entrepreneurship in the Wild by Felipe G. Massa
Publication Date: 2021-08-10
Description: A learn-by-doing guide to developing, testing, and pitching a startup idea, balancing a pragmatic approach and rigorous academic content. This innovative book offers a learn-by-doing guide to entrepreneurship that balances practical advice with rigorous academic content. It introduces important concepts, provides highly engaging examples, and supplies the tools needed to put lessons into practice, creating a research-supported, step-by-step reference for developing, testing, and pitching any startup idea. By integrating lean startup principles, design thinking, and elements of the jobs-to-be-done framework, this combination textbook-workbook allows readers to choose for themselves whether, or to what extent, to engage with theory. All of the book's ten chapters encourage hands-on effort, providing readers with easy-to-follow steps, calls to action, and attainable milestones. Aspiring entrepreneurs will find this systematic approach to be more efficient than haphazard trial and error, and much more likely to yield concrete results. Chapters begin with a "mini case," offering real-world examples of each step in the process. These cases--all featuring entrepreneurs working outside the Silicon Valley bubble--include a meadery operator that turned customers into advocates by designing compelling experiences and the development of a dating app for dog lovers that found a unique niche in a crowded market. Throughout, readers are immersed in the activity of starting a business, guided not only through the successful development of a startup but also to an understanding of the principles underlying entrepreneurship. The book can be used as a text in undergraduate and graduate classes and as a reference by entrepreneurs and innovators.
IPOs and Entrepreneurial Firms by Giancarlo Giudici; Silvio Vismara
Publication Date: 2021-10-14
Description: IPOs and Entrepreneurial Firms analyzes the most recent literature on IPOs of entrepreneurial firms - young firms based on intangible rather than physical assets where the founder of the firm often serves as the key inventor and the CEO. After a brief introduction, section 2 reviews the literature on the reasons why companies go public. A trade-off between direct and indirect costs and benefits is considered, as well as entrepreneurial strategic objectives, comprising engaging more easily in acquisitions, signaling the quality of the company, increasing its reputation. Section 3 deals with alternative methodologies to price IPO shares, including cash flow discounting and peer comparison. Section 4 describes the role of intermediaries in the placement of IPO shares. Section 5 focuses on the short-run (underpricing) and long-run performance of IPO companies. Section 6 discusses the cyclical dynamics of the IPO flow on the market. Finally, Section 7 identifies future research directions at the cross-road between finance and entrepreneurship and comparing IPOs with the new digital finance.
Uncertainty, Timing and Luck on Quantum Terms in Entrepreneurship by David Leong
Publication Date: 2021-09-22
Description: Entrepreneurship researches have been curiously silent on luck since luck, itself is elusive and cannot be systematically quantified in any meaningful measurement. An explicit and systematic evaluation of where luck is situated along the spectrum of certainty to absolute uncertainty will be undertaken in this paper. Exploration on the social construction of luck, effect of luck, human interventions relating to luck; the discussion on the operationalization of luck will open potentially rich veins of theoretical inquiry premising on quantum uncertainties, chaos theory, Heisenberg uncertainty principle and Weick's sensemaking. Heisenberg uncertainty principle or Knightian's uncertainty or the chaos theory, they are not competing alternatives and irreconcilable as they are not dealing with the same aspect of the indeterministic phenomenon. This paper will explore the indeterminacy of luck along the processual pathway of entrepreneurial venturing. It concludes by offering a compelling proposition on opportunistic and propitious timing with regards to the eventual rewards.
The UnNoticed Entrepreneur: Fifty Ideas for your Company to Stand Out by Jim James
Publication Date: 2021-09-02
Description: Publicity is the fuel of sales, and yet one of the greatest challenges for entrepreneurs is to get noticed. This book provides ideas from 50 entrepreneurs, experts and technologists on winning publicity for free. Interviews held by public relations expert and international entrepreneur Jim James on the top 10 rated "UnNoticed Entrepreneur" podcast, have been written into a series of 50 articles for the founder of any business or non-profit with an emphasis on practical solutions which can be implemented immediately.
The author shares the SPEAKpr methodology which stands for Storification, Personalisation, Engagement, Amplification and Knowledge. This simple 5 stage approach creates a frame work for the business owner to build a simple and structured approach to their public relations. Key concepts in the book include the democratisation of communication due to technology, engagement as a function of content creation and not of scale of budget, and ultimately the positive message that publicity is attainable by the application of a simple process of content creation, channel management and consistency of sharing.
Entrepreneurship, Finance and Management: Essays in Honor of Mike Wright by David B. Audretsch (Editor); Donald F. Kuratko (Editor); Albert N. Link (Editor)
Publication Date: 2021-10-07
Description: Mike Wright passed on November 25, 2019. His scholarship, contributions and academic leadership spanned a plethora of scholarly disciplines and research fields, ranging from entrepreneurship to finance, management, economics, and international business. Among his many scholarly accomplishments, aside for defining multiple areas within entrepreneurship, Mike served as Editor of this journal, Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, and was an elected member of the 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellows. Entrepreneurship, Finance and Management: Essays in Honor of Mike Wright reflects the respect, affection and high esteem that his colleagues held for him. Herein is a collection of reflections paying tribute to Mike Wright, as a scholar, as an academic leader and scholarly innovator, and as a special person.
100 Myths Of Entrepreneurship Vs. Chainsaw: Cutting Through the Lies Standing Between You and A Million $ Business by Josh Spurrell
Publication Date: 2021-09-01
Description: Did you know only 1 in 5,000 people build million $ businesses? It is statistically similar to the probability of playing a professional sport. Yet successful entrepreneurs go from industry to industry replicating their success time and time again. Wonder why?The business information you get in school is taught by employees of the universities not successful entrepreneurs. Stop listening to people who only pretend to have businesses on Instagram. Learn from a proven entrepreneur with decades of experience in 1,000's of business. You will learn common tactics used by the 1 in 5,000 people who build million $ businesses.
Ways and mechanisms for the development of the institution of entrepreneurship by Mikhail Bespalov
Publication Date: 2021-08-23
Description: In the monograph special attention is paid to the measures of state support of entrepreneurial activity in conditions of economic instability, including measures to regulate innovative entrepreneurial activity. Much attention is paid to the study of the influence of the tax policy of the state on the development of entrepreneurial activity, as well as the mechanism of forming a favorable entrepreneurial sphere in the economy of the region. The monograph offers a complex of measures in the field of tax policy of the state aimed at the development of entrepreneurial activity in modern economic conditions. The book is intended for managers and specialists of economic services of commercial enterprises, scientists, university teachers, post-graduates and students of higher educational institutions studying in economic directions, and also for all those interested in problems of development of modern entrepreneurship.
Masters of Scale: Surprising truths from the world’s most successful entrepreneurs by Reid Hoffman, June Cohen , Deron Triff
Publication Date: 2021-09-25
Description: On his podcast Masters of Scale, Silicon Valley legend Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn, investor at Greylock) sits down with the leaders of the world's most iconic companies, including Apple, Nike, Netflix, Spotify, Starbucks, Google, Instagram and Microsoft, as well as the bold, disruptive startups - from 23andMe to TaskRabbit, from the Black List to the Bevel razor - solving the problems of the 21st century. In this book, he draws on their most riveting, revealing stories to distil the counterintuitive secrets behind the most extraordinary success stories of our times.
Through vivid storytelling and straightforward analysis, Masters of Scale distils their collective insights into a set of counterintuitive principles that anyone can use. How do you find a winning idea and turn it into a scalable venture? What can you learn from a "squirmy no"? When should you stop listening to your customers? Which fires should you put out right away, and which should you let burn? And can you really make money while making the world a better place? (Answer: Yes. But you have to do the work to keep your profits and values aligned.)Based on more than 100 interviews, and incorporating new material never aired on the podcast, Masters of Scale offers a unique insider's guide, filled with insights, wisdom, and strategies that will inspire you to reimagine how you do business today.
INVENTION: A Life by James Dyson
Publication Date: 2021-09-02
Description: Dyson has become a byword for high performing products, technology, design and invention. Now, James Dyson, the inventor and entrepreneur who made it all happen, tells his remarkable and inspirational story in Invention: A Life.Famously, over a four-year period, James Dyson made 5127 prototypes of the cyclonic vacuum cleaner that would transform the way houses are cleaned around the world. In devoting all his resources to iteratively developing the technology, he risked it all, but out of many failures and setbacks came hard-fought success. His products - including vacuum cleaners, hair dryers and hair stylers, and fans and purifiers - are not only revolutionary technologies, but design classics. This was a legacy of his time studying at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, when he was inspired by some of the most famous artists, designers and inventors of the era, as well as his engineering heroes such as Frank Whittle and Alec Issigonis.In Invention: A Life, Dyson reveals how he came to set up his own company and led it to become one of the most inventive technology companies in the world. It is a compelling and dramatic tale, with many obstacles overcome. Dyson has always looked to the future, even setting up his own university to help provide the next generation of engineers and designers. For, as he says, 'everything changes all the time, so experience is of little use'.Whether you are someone who has an idea for a better product, an aspiring entrepreneur, whether you appreciate great design or a page-turning read, Invention: A Life offers you inspiration, hope and much more.
The Accidental Entrepreneur: Turning Tragedy into Triumph to Embrace my Destiny in Entrepreneurship by Serena Holmes
Publication Date: 2021-10-27
Description: I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but it tarnished. At least, that's what I was told. Life as I knew it fell apart when I was just 4 years old and it would continue to go downhill for several years afterwards.What did I learn from these experiences? The world doesn't owe you anything. If you want to make something of yourself, it will be up to you to take ownership and accountability of the outcome. A mentor once said I was "fearless in my ability to address risks, viewing them as walls to jump over rather than barriers to stop me" - and he was right. I try not to let anything stand in my way when I am pursuing a goal.Follow along with me on my journey of self-discovery and how I managed to navigate all of the lessons life had to throw my way. Instead of letting them knock me down, I used these lessons as stepping stones on the path to success, turning tragedy into triumph to embrace my destiny in entrepreneurship.
From Start-Up to Grown-up by Alisa Cohn
Publication Date: 2021-10-26
Description: Every start-up founder feels overwhelmed and uncertain at various times. The key to managing the relentless turmoil of a start-up is learning to manage yourself. From Start-Up to Grown-Up gives you, the founder and CEO of a great start-up, the knowledge and experience that executive coach Alisa Cohn has gained from helping companies such as Etsy, Foursquare, InVision and The Wirecutter become headline names. Growth of your company begins with growth within you. The book provides you with effective and practical ways of maximizing your strengths, defusing your triggers, controlling your self-doubt and building on your motivators. With these self-management tools, you can then turn your attention to managing your team by ensuring the flow of communication and finding the joy of delegation and the soul in meetings. Finally, you gain practical tools for managing the company and ensuring overall effectiveness of your team and strategy, using specific scripts you need to have delicate or difficult conversations. Filled with stories drawn from the author's experience, From Start-Up to Grown-Up helps you build a company with a set of core values that everybody lives by and where everyone shares a vision of where the company is going and how to get there.
7 Rules to 7 Figures: The Entrepreneur's Playbook to Freedom, Family, and Fortune by Peter Voogd
Publication Date: 2021-10-19
Description: Since the 2014 release of the global sensation 6 Months to 6 Figures, Peter Voogd's strategies have been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and more.Now, in 7 Rules to 7 Figures, Peter lays out the keys to a truly world-class life, one in which you CAN have your cake and eat it, too-wealth, family, and the freedom to enjoy it all without sacrificing your personal values.Given the lightning-fast technological revolution of the past five years alone, there's been no better time in history to be an entrepreneur than right now. The early adopters who shift into the New Economy today will be perfectly positioned to succeed at a whole new level.Anyone can have a world-class life. You just have to be willing to go after it.In Peter's own words, "This book is about YOU. Your results. Your future. Your income. Your story. Your legacy."
Hang on Tight! by Suzanne Tregenza Moore; Deborah Kevin (Editor)
Publication Date: 2021-09-14
Description: Do you wonder if your business is going off the rails? Are you often confronted by the demons of fear, inconsistency, and doubt? Does it feel like you're riding a roller coaster with its highs and lows-financially, physically, and emotionally?You are not alone! Entrepreneurial women experience all of these and more while building a business and concurrently caring for loved ones. Buckle in and learn to ride with arms stretched high as you yell, "Woohoo" instead of gripping the safety bar in terror.In her debut book, Hang On Tight!, Suzanne Moore shares with her readers that acceptance is not weakness but strength and that perseverance is an imperative quality for an entrepreneur. She shares with trademark honesty and vulnerability her entrepreneurial roller coaster ride and teaches:? How fear shows up and can derail your plans and progress;? The importance of understanding the driving force within you that will keep you going even when times are hard;? Why understanding your business values plays a crucial role in your long-term success;? That inner strength will be your saving grace when it seems everything has fallen apart;? The different communities you need around you in order to create success; ? What leadership really is and what it isn't;? The critical role that mindset plays in everything you do; and? Why celebrating your successes isn't an act of the ego.
Creative Acts For Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways by Sarah Stein Greenberg
Publication Date: 2021-10-16
Description: Packed end to end with ways to see the world in new ways' Mike Krieger, cofounder, Instagram'Designed to spark creativity, help solve problems, foster connection and make our lives better' Gretchen Rubin'Navigate today's world with agility, resilience and imagination' Lorraine Twohill, CMO, Google
What do they teach you at the most prestigious design school in the world?For the first time, you can find out. This highly-visual guide brings to life the philosophies of some of the d.school's most inventive and unconventional minds, including founder David Kelley, Choreographer Aleta Hayes and Google Chief Innovation Evangelist Frederik Pferdt and more.
Creative Acts for Curious People is packed with ideas about the art of learning, discovery and leading through creative problem solving. With exercises including:
- 'Expert Eyes' to test your observation skills
- 'How to Talk to Strangers' to foster understanding
- 'Designing Tools for Teams' to build creative leadership
Revealing the hidden dynamics of design, and delving inside the minds of the profession's most celebrated thought-leaders, this definitive guide will help you live up to your creative potential.
Brand Yourself by Lucy Werner; Hadrien Chatelet
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Description: Brand Yourself walks you through everything you need to know about creating a business brand, from brand strategy to picking out fonts, building your personal brand and affordable creative tips to make an impact with your business. Packed with practical exercises, examples and industry hacks and supported by an extensive interactive playbook online, this is the essential guide for business owners on a budget. Build a brand that stands out and that connects with the people you want to reach. Lucy Werner is founder of The Wern, a PR and branding consultancy, She is also author of the bestselling Hype Yourself and a publicity expert who is a speaker, lecturer and course creator. Hadrien Chatelet is the creative director of The Wern and leads the design arm of the business. He is also cofounder of Lucy's two children and they work together in their garden in east London. Together they have over 30 years' industry experience and have taught thousands of entrepreneurs how to stand out and find success.
Management Consulting Projects by Ronald G. Cook; Michael Harris
Publication Date: 2021-08-01
Description: "This textbook provides students with an easy to use, proven roadmap for completing a successful consulting project from start to finish. Primarily designed for students who work as outside consultants on solving client problems and investigating potential opportunities, the textbook's structure first explains the consulting process to students and then depicts it in a chronological flow, using real-life examples to demonstrate practical application. Each section builds upon the previous one, focusing on the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills for employability. Now in its 6th edition, this text has been fully revised to bring it up to date with the current business context and global environment, including: A major expansion of the tools and resources needed for students to conduct research on a client's situation. A new final chapter that ties the overarching consulting process together and focuses on how the student should use this experience for their own professional development. New examples of award-winning projects to provide practical guidance. Fresh material on the use of new technologies in the consulting process, ethics and data management, and remote working. This well-renowned model promotes a conceptual understanding of the consulting process and the interactions between and among students, the team, the client and the instructor. Management Consulting Projects should be essential reading for experiential Business Consulting modules, Small Business Management and Strategic Management at postgraduate and MBA level"--
Start Your Own Business by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media
Publication Date: 2021-08-10
Description: Be Your Own Boss Whether you're looking to earn extra money or are ready to grow your side hustle,Start Your Own Business is the first step toward entrepreneurship. With more than 40 years of experience and advice shared on Entrepreneur.com and inEntrepreneur magazine, the team at Entrepreneur Media is uniquely qualified to guide a new generation of bold individuals like you looking tomake it happen on their own terms. Coached by business experts, practicing business owners, and thriving entrepreneurs,Start Your Own Business uncovers what you need to know before taking the plunge, securing finances, launching your venture, and growing your businessfrom startup to household name. Learn how to: Avoid analysis aralysis when launching a business Define and research your ideal audience Test ideas in the real world before going to market Pitch and win funding from venture capitalists, apply for loans, and manage cash advances Evaluate if a co-working space is the right move for you Run successful Facebook and Google ads as part of your marketing campaign Use micro-influencers to successfully promote your brand on social media
Power Play: Elon Musk, Tesla, and the Bet of the Century by Tim Higgins
Publication Date: 2021-08-26
Description: Elon Musk is among the most controversial titans of Silicon Valley. To some he's a genius and a visionary and to others he's a mercurial huckster. Billions of dollars have been gained and lost on his tweets and his personal exploits are the stuff of tabloids. But for all his outrageous talk of mind-uploading and space travel, his most audacious vision is the one closest to the ground: the electric car.When Tesla was founded in the 2000s, electric cars were novelties, trotted out and thrown on the scrap heap by carmakers for more than a century. But where most onlookers saw only failure, a small band of Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs saw potential and they pitted themselves against the biggest, fiercest business rivals in the world, setting out to make a car that was quicker, sexier, smoother, cleaner than the competition.Tesla would undergo a truly hellish fifteen years, beset by rivals, pressured by investors, hobbled by whistleblowers, buoyed by its loyal supporters. Musk himself would often prove Tesla's worst enemy--his antics repeatedly taking the company he had funded himself to the brink of collapse. Was he an underdog, an antihero, a conman, or some combination of the three?Wall Street Journal tech and auto reporter Tim Higgins had a front-row seat for the drama: the pileups, wrestling for control, meltdowns, and the unlikeliest outcome of all, success. A story of power, recklessness, struggle, and triumph, Power Play is an exhilarating look at how a team of eccentrics and innovators beat the odds... and changed the future.
The Startup Growth Book by Andrew Lee Miller
Publication Date: 2021-09-14
Description: 50+ Proven Ways to Scale Your Business Without a Marketing Budget Marketing is consistently considered one of the main reasons that startups fail, and every year, tens of thousands of businesses close simply because they didn't prioritize marketing early enough. The problem is that many startup founders believe they cannot do any real marketing until they can afford it, and that's simply not true, because Marketing doesn't have to cost a dime! After 15 years handling growth for startups, Andrew Lee Miller, an accomplished, early-stage startup marketing expert, who's taken three young companies to multi-million dollar exits, found that there were tons of valuable growth strategies that could be implemented that don't cost anything. Bootstrapped Marketing, Growth Hacking, Organic Marketing and more, all refer to the lesser known ways of attaining scalable growth for your business without a large "war chest" for paid advertising, and Andrew has spent over a decade developing, testing, and proving out the best of the best strategies that actually work. The Startup Growth Book then is the culmination of Andrew's 15+ years of in-the-trenches startup growth experience and is the only business book out there that actually teaches entrepreneurs and marketers how to build sustainable, scalable growth, channel by channel, with zero advertising budget. Tried and tested by Andrew himself, this book directly draws from Andrew's experiences scaling over 100 startups in over a dozen nations and languages. This book is ideal for young marketers who want to learn cutting-edge tactics from a master, as well as new businesses that want to grow organically and prove traction without spending cash on Paid Advertising. For the first time ever, Andrew will show you how to scale organically using 10 different channels. Learn exactly how to launch and scale these channels without spending money: * Public Relations across all major media channels * Search Engine Optimization so people can discover you organically * Email Marketing to master the most effective means of marketing communication * Social Media Marketing and Influencer Marketing done right ... and more. After reading this book, you will be able to implement these lessons to drive growth in your business without needing to outsource to a Marketing agency, hire a marketing team, or even run any Facebook ads. Dozens of companies have already implemented Andrew's growth hacking tactics, and have scaled to millions of dollars in revenue.
The Business Survival Kit: Your No-BS Guide to Success by Bianca Miller-Cole , Byron Cole
Publication Date: 2021-10-20
Description: ***SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***
With straightforward, heart-felt advice, The Business Survival Kit guides you to a thriving business while nurturing your humanity -- Marie Forleo, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Everything is FigureoutableThis book will help you make clearer, smarter, braver decisions in all areas of your life -- Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen MethodStarting a business isn't easy. In fact, it can be scary, exhausting and demoralising. When it finally takes off, even though you're fulfilling a lifelong dream, it can be a struggle to keep up with the rest of your life. How can you cope with the inevitable stresses and strains along the way?In The Business Survival Kit, serial entrepreneurs Byron Cole and Bianca Miller-Cole prepare you for the ride of your life. With straight-talking advice and insights from leading experts it will help you answer the fundamental question of whether you can handle being an entrepreneur in the first place and then help you navigate the inevitable ups and many downs that go hand in hand with that decision. Learn how to:
*Cope with stress, anxiety and uncertainty
*Build your confidence and tackle impostor syndrome
*Maintain a healthy work/life balance
*Build strong networks and nurture your personal relationships
*And stay motivated (even in the midst of failure)
Raw Business by Christian Nellemann
Publication Date: 2021-08-17
Description: Want to know what it takes to run a successful business? How to set up and grow a company? How to effectively manage your people and create a prosperous work environment? Raw Business holds the answers. Drawing on the life lessons and core principles developed over a 30-year career running home-based to small and now multi-million-pound businesses, this book outlines Christian Nellemann's trusted methods for achieving success. Filled with practical advice for shaping good working habits, recruiting the right people, and building an effective sales team, it is an essential read for any entrepreneur. It's a book on beating the odds; staying afloat where so many sink and growing where so many shrink. Raw Business contains the raw and unvarnished advice that you need to build and grow a successful company.
Failing To Win: Hard-earned lessons from a purpose-driven startup by Mike Quinn
Publication Date: 2021-09-30
Description: In 2009, Canadian entrepreneur Mike Quinn packed his backpack and moved to Lusaka, Zambia on a mission to find African entrepreneurs building scalable, high-impact businesses. There he stumbled across two South African brothers who had founded a business to help unbanked smallholder farmers receive mobile payments in a market where cash was king. After convincing his retired parents to mortgage their house and lend him $100,000, Mike joined as a co-founder of Zoona and became CEO for nine of the next ten years.With his partners, Mike built a network of more than 3,000 entrepreneur agents across Zambia and Malawi that enabled millions of unbanked consumers to send and receive $2.5-billion in money transfers and remittances. Headquartered in
Cape Town, South Africa, Zoona raised over $35-million of venture investment and operated on the leading edge of Africa's emerging fintech ecosystem.Mike's remarkable story gives a rare and honest glimpse into the workings of a pioneering African startup through the lens of a purpose-driven entrepreneur who went "all in". Zoona faced tremendous adversity along the way: currency crises, investment round collapses, ruthless pushback from the major mobile network operators, and a continuous internal struggle to discover and execute a growth strategy that matched the company's billion-dollar ambition.It was by failing to win that Mike learned what entrepreneurship - specifically purpose-driven entrepreneurship - is all about, and it was what motivated him to double down and try again.
The Role of Business Incubators in the Economic Growth of India by Apoorv R. Sharma; Balvinder Shukla; Manoj Joshi
Publication Date: 2021-09-20
Description: To study the role of business incubators in the economic growth of India, it is imperative to understand whether or not incubators reduce the mortality of start-ups. Are incubators instrumental in providing an effective platform for accelerating the growth of start-ups? Do the existing incubators meet the expectations of start-ups? Are incubated start-ups able to attract funding from venture capitalists? These are only some of the questions that fall within the scope of this research. In this book, the authors explore the subject in-depth in an attempt to respond to them. For the purpose of this study, primary and secondary research data were used. In the context of American, European and Chinese incubator industries, this data was readily available. However, due to its nascent stage, there was not enough secondary data available in the context of the Indian incubation industry. Therefore, primary research was carried out. Thus, in order to design the research, structured interviews with the founders of start-ups and incubator managers were conducted. The findings of the study reveal that, despite the gaps between the offering of incubators and the expectations of start-ups, there is a positive impact of business incubators on job creation, wealth generation and the creation of intellectual property.
The Minimalist Entrepreneur by Sahil Lavingia
Publication Date: 2021-10-26
Description: The manifesto for a new generation of entrepreneurs who would rather build great companies than big ones. Lavingia's startup, Gumroad, was growing quickly and raising venture capital easily. It seemed it was on the road to unicorn status, until disaster struck. Using his experiences and expertise, Lavingia teaches founders instead how to resist investments that set you up to fail, run a tight ship amid the rise of the gig economy and remote work, develop and release products without failing fast or often, and how to get to profitability and stay there.
The Frontline CEO: Turn Employees into Decision Makers Who Innovate Solutions, Win Customers, and Boost Profits by Eric Strafel
Publication Date: 2021-09-06
Description: Grow your company by empowering every employee at every level to become a skilled and effective frontline decision maker Today, the pace of change is so great that no company can afford to wait to respond to new developments. You need nimble and creative problem solving, and the most intelligent and efficient decision-making doesn't come from the top--it comes from your employees on the frontlines who interact with customers and have the ability to see and respond to the shifting landscape before anyone else. The leaders whose organizations are best able to innovate solutions, win customers, and boost profits during this era of rapid change will be the ones who realize that everyone--from the CEO down to the frontline employee--is a leader, capitalize on that knowledge, and use it to grow. In this book, Eric Strafel draws on 20 years of experience as a top executive at Fortune 500 companies to show you how to decentralize and democratize decision-making through every level of the workforce, while ensuring that the company stays aligned, that each employee understands the company's underlying purpose, and that everyone works toward the same goal. Learn how to: leverage frontline leadership to improve corporate agility partner with customers and with frontline employees to maximize internal innovation create a highly engaged, empowered, and energized workforce in every department equip the company to break through barriers, overcome plateaus, and scale The Frontline CEO delivers the knowledge, strategies, and tactics you need to make the switch from an antiquated top-down leadership style to a flatter, more nimble system--in which every employee behaves and is treated like a leader.
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