(Martin Zwilling, Startup Professionals Musings, May 7, 2016) Most business managers preach that the key to success is holding employees accountable for actions, but I have found that successful entrepreneurs are all about holding themselves accountable. They skip the blame and complain game, and make things happen despite major obstacles. As a startup investor, I view any evidence of a victim mentality as the kiss of death.
(Howard Tullman, Inc.com, April 26, 2016) If you running a startup you are going to hit a wall or screw up big time at some point. It goes with the territory. What doesn’t is letting yourself be stopped by it. Adversity doesn’t need any help. There are things you can do to right the ship– and the first is to right yourself.
(Joe Garza, Founder Institute, April 18, 2016) Regardless of how good your product, service, or app is, it’s only useful when you can get it into the hands of your target customers. But once you’ve got a finalized offering, selling it should be easy, right? Not really. There are countless factors that need to be taken into account when you set out to bring your product to market, like the industry you’re in, whether you’re selling a web-based product or physical hardware, the channels you use to attract your customers, etc.
(MSU College of Music, September 24, 2015) The trend toward following an entrepreneurial career path can be summed up in a single statistic: 40 percent. That figure, says Neil Kane, is one he sees over and over in reference to the percent of current high school seniors who will spend at least part of their careers self-employed after they graduate college in a few years.
(George Anders, Forbes, July 29, 2015) In less than two years Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech’s ten-digit “unicorn” startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion. If you’ve used Slack’s team-based messaging software, you know that one of its catchiest innovations is Slackbot, a helpful little avatar that pops up periodically to provide tips so jaunty that it seems human.
Here MSU alumnus talk about his career and startup Ayyo Weekends.
(Forbes.com, September 30, 2015) These days, colleges and universities are designing programs specifically for undergrads eager to learn how to launch companies—in fact, classes teaching startup skills are in demand and becoming a must-have for any school worth its salt.
(Spartan Podcast, September 29, 2015) “What’s emerging in the field of innovation is the necessity of having a lot of cross-discipline cooperation,” MSU’s new director of undergraduate entrepreneurship Neil Kane tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “It doesn’t make sense on any level to isolate entrepreneurism and believe that it maps to a traditional academic discipline or college.
(Crystal Kadakia, Huffington Post, August 3, 2015) – According to a study done by Millennial Branding and Internships.com, 72 percent of high school students want to start their own business someday. 61% percent expect to start a business right out of college. Little do employers know, but Corporate America is quickly becoming the ‘back up’ option — what do to if all else fails.
(YouTube, October 23, 2014) Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) offers hard but honest advice to the young entrepreneur in his 1995 interview.