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Scaling Up Start-up Communities: Engage Risk as Your Friend, not a Foe—to Impact Investor DNA—& Raise $ for Your Venture

The most frequent complaint I hear from entrepreneurs in the emerging markets is the lack of risk capital in their country; investors willing to finance start-ups and early stage companies.  Many founders travel to America seeking money and connections in the US venture ecosystem.  While a few are able to raise cash, most don’t—and return […]

Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive

New Series, beginning soon, ‘Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive.’ The idea for this series came from a post to Brad Field’s blog Startup Revolution»Communities by Namek Zu’bi from Jordan, titled ‘Young Startup Communities:  Beware of the Excitment Bubble.’

Part V: Scaling Up Investment—Finance the Startup of Start-up Communities

In Part V, subjects discussed: 1.)   For Entrepreneurs—What are You Selling to Investors? 2.)   For Investors—Let’s Be Realistic 3.)   For Governments/Development Finance Institutions—Atypical Leadership Needed 4.)   Concluding Remarks 5.)   My Next Blog Series—Mobilize Local Capital to Finance Your Dreams 6.)   About Me 7.)   Links: Evolution of Runet (Russia Internet) & the Russia Tech Scene Last […]

Part IV: The Quest for Growth—the Startup of Start-up Communities

(Nastas note to readers:  From 6-22 August I was in Silicon Valley, mentoring 80 entrepreneurs from 36 countries on selecting, developing and shaping their business models to investors’ behavior to risk as I discuss in this blog series.  I was one of approximately 15-16 team project advisors selected from around the world to serve in […]

Part III: The Power of Clones to Startup—Start-up Communities

Subjects in this post include: 1.)   Drive Growth and Innovation in the Supply Chain 2.)   Sidestep the Obstacles that Impede Scaling Up—Investor Attitudes to Risk & Failure 3.)   Controversy of Clonentrepreneurship: Cloning the Idea or Hatching a Start-Up? 4.)   The Spread of Clonentrepreneurship Last time in Part II, Cultures of Risk—Financing the Startup of Start-up […]

Part II: The Cultures of Risk—Financing the Startup of Start-up Communities

Subjects in this post: 1.)   The Cultural Divide:  What Investors ‘Buy’ 2.)   What Investors Fear 3.)   The Culture of Venture Capital:  Friend or Foe? Last time in Part I, I discussed: 1.)   First, Three Definitions 2.)   The Russia Tech Scene 3.)   Growth in Russia 4.)   What Changed for Growth to Emerge 5.)   The Spark that […]

Michigan State Univ., Silicon Valley, Hungary & Emerging Markets

  On 2 February I spoke to graduate and undergraduate students of Dr. Zsuzsanna Fluck at Michigan State University (MSU).  Zsuzsanna teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in private equity and venture capital at the Eli Broad Graduate School of Business.  Zsuzsanna is also the director of MSU’s Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity & Entrepreneurial […]

The Valley of Death. Market Failure? Or Rational Behavior of Investors to Risk?

Governments, development banks and investors poured billions of dollars to finance entrepreneurs in the ‘Valley of Death.’ Add in the millions of hours of human energy and thought devoted to creating solutions too, and the investment is truly staggering. Yet the Valley of Death still exists. Conventional thought defines the ‘Valley of Death’ as a […]

‘Path to Commercialization:’ An IVI Master Class in Mentoring

I created this program as Part II in my Master Class series of ‘Scaling Up’ at the request of John Hoxmeier, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies at Colorado State University (CSU).  John is managing CSU’s executive MBA program in Kazan, Russia with students holding senior positions in state owned enterprises, Ministries of ICT, Industry, Trade & Development, the Tatarstan […]