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Failed Entrepreneurs Find More Success the Second Time
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Risk Failed Entrepreneurs Find More Success the Second Time Photograph by Phil Augustavo Given the slight chances of success, it’s a marvel anyone ever starts a business at all. One-third of new ventures close within two years, half within five years, and so on: only one in four is still around 15 years after opening day. But all that failure may offer its own reward, according to new research from a pair of economists from Stanford and the University of Michigan. They found that failed entrepreneurs are far more likely to be successful in their second go-around, provided they try again. The entrepreneurship studies that grab headlines tend to ... Read More →

Startup Schools: America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities
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For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley’s reach has extended across California, as the state’s schools took over half of this year’s top ten spots. FORBES ranked the nation’s most entrepreneurial research universities based on their entrepreneurial ratios – the number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn against the school’s total student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). Here are the highlights of the top 20 start-up schools on our list: Its entrepreneurs don’ ... Read More →

The most amazing and inspiring vision of the future I've ever seen
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The most amazing and inspiring vision of the future I've ever seen I have seen countless science fiction movies and documentaries about the future of humanity. None of them were as inspiring, beautiful, and realistic as this extraordinary short film by Erik Wernquist, narrated by Carl Sagan. Watch it and get ready for goosebumps. For maximum effect, I highly recommend that you use headphones, turn off the lights, and make sure the video is playing back in HD: Here's the original text narrated by Sagan, from his book The Pale Blue Dot—a book that, if you haven't yet, you must read. For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left ... Read More →

How an Executive Order on Immigration Could Ease a Startup Dilemma BY Jeremy Quittner @JeremyQuittner
Advertisement One of the great failings of Congress this year has been its inability to do anything with immigration reform.  Hoping to remedy that, President Obama is reportedly on the verge of using his executive power to help businesses struggling with limits on green cards and work visas, as well as other issues related to immigration.  The changes, which the Wall Street Journal reports are to be announced after Labor Day in an executive order, could be a potential boon to small businesses staffed or owned and operated by immigrant entrepreneurs, many of whom reside in Silicon Valley and drive much of the innovation happening there.  What' ... Read More →

IDEO Envisions Future of Self-Driving Cars
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IDEO Envisions Future of Self-Driving Cars From easier commuting to a more pleasant daily grind, the design group imagines that big changes are heading — self-driven — our way Part-study, part-imaginative exercise, a new project from an innovation think-tank offers a vibrant vision of how urban life will be altered by self-driving vehicles. While no one can nail down the specific nature of tomorrow’s roads, the team is confident that “automobility” will “unlock a new wave of efficiency, convenience, and urban growth.” “The Future of Automobility” is a multimedia-rich proposal from international design firm IDEO, and manages to tease out a rang ... Read More →

Amplify: What Makes a Strong Idea?
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As we brainstorm new solutions for our Zero to Five Challenge, the Amplify Team reflected on some of our Funded Ideas from our first challenge on Women's Safety and found some of the features that made them such great ideas. Here are few pointers from some of the concepts that made it to the end of the challenge: Kidogo A clear proposal, with iteration over time Afzal and his team at Kidogo submitted their idea early on in the Ideas phase for Women's Safety, which allowed them lots of time to ask questions, get support from the OpenIDEO community and iterate before Refinement even began. Their idea was well communicated from the beginning a ... Read More →

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