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The Changing Landscape of Entrepreneurial Finance: Or Is It?


This is the best info-graphic I have seen on the historical evolution of venture capital, from the early days of Arthur Rock to the current trend of “platform” investors offering the “everything in a box” approach to entrepreneurial investment. The evolving venture capital models are overlayed onto a trend graph of the cost of startups contrasted with the number of startups. At first glance one might accept the now common refrain that traditional “venture capital is dead.” When I began my career in Silicon Valley, the typical entrepreneurial growth company needed $5 to $10 Million dollars to launch itself. Today, the argument is that a promising company can be started on $5000 or less, and competitors eager to serve this new market have mushroomed. But is this really the future?

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Entrepreneurs Can’t Fix What They Don’t Understand


Francisco Dao is one of my favorite bloggers. Francisco focuses like a laser beam on the tough issues of entrepreneurship with unfailing logic, sometimes tough for some to hear. In a previous post, Francisco spoke openly about the frothy enthusiasm and euphoria surrounding entrepreneurship, suggesting that there were too many entrepreneurs producing too many mediocre ideas. In this post, Franciso explores the current shift in entrepreneurial profiles, bemoaning their ignorance of how businesses work, and the embarrassing consequences.

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“Big” Idea Entrepreneur: The New 21st Century Career


There is a new player emerging on the cultural and business scene today: the idea entrepreneur. Perhaps you are one yourself — or would like to be. The idea entrepreneur is an individual, usually a content expert and often a maverick, whose main goal is to influence how other people think and behave in relation to their cherished topic. These people don’t seek power over others and they’re not motivated by the prospect of achieving great wealth. Their goal is to make a difference, to change the world in some way.

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Enactus UBC Faculty of Management Leadership Team Closes Out It’s First Year


The formation of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Management chapter of Enactus occurred only three months ago, under the guidance of Dean Roger Sugden, but the Enactus student leadership team has already attracted nearly two dozen members, all of whom, including the leadership will return next year, to build the organization for handoff to future Faculty of Management students. Meanwhile, many of our current Enactus members will be off to destinations around the World for the summer.

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Celebrate Earth Hour Tonight March 23rd @ 8:30PM: Lights Out For One Hour


Celebrate Earth Hour tonight @ 8:30PM. Turn off all lights for one hour.

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The Case For Fewer (Better) Entrepreneurs


In this post from PandoDaily, Francisco Dao hits the mark. Max Marmer of Startup Genome has also written in a similar vein on the Harvard Business Review blog, that we are over celebratising entrepreneurship. We need to be discouraging a few more people from entrepreneurship, based on sound assessment of character, which should also be […]

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Water Potability And Turbidity Issues In The Okanagan: Time To Get Serious


The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC We have a major water problem in the Okanagan that will take decades to address.  It is also a clear opportunity for local economic development effort.  There are local people focused on this, and I commend them. But it will take much greater effort than currently. Why aren’t […]

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What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different?


Reblogged from the HBR Blog Network What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different by Bright B. Simons  |   8:00 AM January 11, 2013 When social entrepreneurs say that they want to “work themselves out of a job” they are not making a glib statement to sound cool. They are merely stating the obvious — they want to fundamentally solve […]

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Enactus Launches Chapter with UBC Okanagan Faculty of Management


Human progress depends on our ability to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that lives within each of us and channel the unique talents, passions and ideas we each possess toward creating good in the world. en•act•us A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives […]

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