Tag: business


05
Apr 2017
Entrepreneurship is an Art—Not a Job

Over the last decade we assumed that once we found repeatable methodologies (Agile and Customer Development, Business Model Design) to build early stage ventures, entrepreneurship would become a “science,” and anyone could do it. I’m beginning to suspect this assumption may be wrong. WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? It’s not that the tools are wrong, I think the entrepreneurship management stack is correct and has made a major contribution to reducing startup failures. Where I think we have gone wrong is the belief that anyone can use these tools equally well. ENTREPRENEURSHIP......

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27
Mar 2017
Rethinking value proposition

When designing a Business Model for a startup or any business at all,   a “Value Proposition” is an essential element. This Value Proposition is combination of products, services, information or experiences offered to a market to satisfy a need or want. Successfully creating a differentiated Value Proposition, ensure it is successful. This is what has made Uber, Airbnb, Apple, Amazon and similar companies great. Over time, we have been thought to innovate by improving on products in the market, or creatively coming up with a new one. We’ve spent time viewing......

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10
Mar 2017
3 Crucial Questions to 'Fail Proof' Your New Business Idea

Starting a successful business is hard, but let’s not presume that entrepreneurship itself is intrinsically riskier than other things that popular culture deems as “acceptable.” You’ll never be able to completely avoid risk, either in your personal or professional life, but you can mitigate it significantly by having a solid game plan in place. You need a proven system that will help you determine which ideas are worth pursuing so that you don’t become a statistic of America, Inc. You want to be as certain as possible that your business will succeed before......

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17
Feb 2017
4 Bad Habits Blocking Your Great Idea From Becoming a Successful Business

You can’t build a successful business without a great idea, and if you’re a passionate entrepreneur you’ve got a dozen ideas that you talk about all the time. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Your friends and family offer endless words of encouragement, and the constant praise makes you feel happy, fulfilled and optimistic. Surely this latest idea will skyrocket you into the stratosphere of success – right? Here’s the harsh truth. Your idea will probably never see the light of day, and if you’re honest – you’re not surprised. After all, it’s easier......

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16
Feb 2017
Six ways to be more productive in 2017

Intelligent technology is changing how the world does things. Everyone is empowered to do more, and less. Using technology to tackle some of life’s most mundane tasks means spending more time doing what you love and less time doing what you have to do. Below is an infographic that looks at five ways we can be more productive this year, so we can achieve more in less time.  ...

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09
Feb 2017
How To Overcome The Hardest Part Of Entrepreneurship: Getting Started

We spend the majority of our young lives having others motivate and direct us – from parents and teachers pushing us to excel at learning, to peers inspiring us to push our limits and discover what we’re truly capable of, to loved ones causing us to look deeper into ourselves and develop who we are as a person, and where our moral compass points. It’s understandably jarring when that’s all yanked out from under us during an important time, and there are few more familiar with that feeling than entrepreneurs. For many,......

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29
Jan 2017
Ensuring Africa is not left behind in the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

By: Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs lead, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Technology is changing Africa. More than any other time in history, innovation is rapidly transforming almost every aspect of how people live, communicate, work and learn across the continent. The rate of change is so quick that some are calling this the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. This transformation offers the potential to address some of Africa’s most pressing issues in areas including health, education and the environment. At the heart of this transformation is cloud computing.......

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27
Jan 2017
What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

By Amrote Abdella, Regional Director of Microsoft 4Afrika Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in ways the rest of the world would never have thought to. To us, this is what it means for technology to be innately African. Innovation Ecosystem No one has......

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26
Jan 2017
Four Marketing Myths That Prevent Many Businesses From Thriving

Isn’t it amazing how many sources of inspiration and advice there are out there to help online business owners achieve success? But as noted entrepreneur Melinda Emerson writes here, the most important thing you need as a business owner is a vision, and that vision should never be compromised by anything that doesn’t conform to your long-term goals. That’s why it can be dangerous to spend so much time listening to experts, because you can become paralyzed, unable to make a decision on what strategies you will employ. And that brings us......

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