Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Take more chances

Take more chances

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Risk isn’t always risky. The more chances we take, the better we get at assessing the stakes and rolling with the outcomes. In a creative world, avoiding risk may be the most dangerous of our options.

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stART checking your Teddy

stART checking your Teddy

The most powerful innovations are those that meet us in our soft spots: our homes, our hopes . . . our kids.

Barely more than kids themselves, two young women of Croatia, Ana Burica and Josipa Majic, invented a teddy bear to measure childrens’ vital signs. The 23-year-olds are taking home $20,000 from Global Entrepreneurship competitions this week. Read all about it in this article in Upstart Business Journal.

Teddy the Guardian joins Teddy the Nanny-cam as a smart, stARTistic invention designed to leverage the teddy’s cuddly trust factor to help kids.

I’m proud of these stARTistic young women. But now I’m going to go check all the Teddy bears in the house for clandestine technology.

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It stARTs with focus.

It stARTs with focus.

Yesterday’s luncheon celebrating Kansas City’s “Women Who Mean Business” reminded me of the time in my life – and in the women’s equality movement – when I thought it was weak and counterproductive to focus on women. I thought it alienated men, with whom I was doing business and collaborating. I thought it was unseemly.

I’m over it.

Right now in history, advancing women is critical to building the kind of world we want our children to inherit. And it stARTs with focusing on their unique contributions.

Stay close, guys. We want you in the picture!

Men will still be in the picture if we focus on women.

Men will still be in the picture if we focus on women.

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stARTists are delusional.

stARTists are delusional.

There is no getting around it, in bad lighting, creativity looks a bit like mental illness.

Given that, perhaps the craziest looking, most courageous stARTists are entrepreneurs. They do their stARTing where the stakes are highest, right out in front of everyone.

I am proud to have started a company or three in my time, and I can attest that starting a company requires unparalleled feats of psychosis. When a painting is bad, you paint over it; when a new business seems all wrong, you call in whatever self-deception, grandiosity and hallucinations required to get you to another day.

I’m a fan of a well-lit blog that pays homage to the stART-up artist. Enjoy this slide show by stARTist extraordinaire, Hugh MacLeod, author of Ignore Everyone.

 

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