Posts tagged ‘start-up’

October 20, 2010

Business Incubator

Wiki has an excellent definition of “business incubator”. Its popularity started around 80s in US and then spread to UK and other Europe countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_incubator

While the st John’s innovation centre is the first such incubator in UK and was set up in 1987. Its foundation is deeply linked to the university of Cambridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John%27s_Innovation_Centre

http://www.stjohns.co.uk/

It’s the case i really want to study. Few such incubator exist in China while few students can receive study of Entrepreneurship.  China doesn’t lack of entrepreneur but the problem is that these risk takers can’t take some lessons before they start their businesses because there are no such courses exist. They learn from their own practice, from their mistakes even from their failure.

Until now I guess only MBA students from a handful famous universities are able to take a few courses mainly from professors or lecturers without actual entrepreneurial experience. And I’m passionate to come up a solution to address this challenges to make entrepreneurial eduction more accessible.  I can’t achieve this without the help from a MBA which strong concentration in Entrepreneurship and platform/network to leverage.

Go ahead and dream big.

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October 18, 2010

创业现在有多火爆?

真的,现在创业在国外真的火到爆。facebook和twitter引导了social networking,世界现在才真的非常flat。苹果的iphone,ipad,google的android 手机平台引爆了移动互联网的时代。这些trend叠加起来产生了具体的化学反应。而这后面更有风投的推手。特别是这一年,出现了super angle,以seed funding和培育室的方式来建立start-up school,无论在风投风行的美国,还是在欧洲大陆popular的不行了。而国内李开复的innovation works其实就是类似的模式。

自己的idea需要多个individual来合作,这在以前只有internet+email的时代根本不可能,而现在不同了。不但有teleconference,还有很多web-base的collaborative diagram tool以及风行的social networking都让专业人才在家里工作即可实现与远在各地的人员实现合作。

October 18, 2010

Nowadays collaboration is much easier

My business plan involves software out-souring and collaboration among designer, programmer, project manager and client. I’v been struggling to think of the way to facilitate such cooperation. But in fact, quite a few start-ups have come up with the tool to assist. They are called Collaborative Diagramming Tool.

Take a look following article from techcrunch which introduced a few tools to use. The world really is getting smaller and starting your business costs much less. No better time than right now to start your own business and realize your business dream.

 

http://tcrn.ch/bKYXff by @serkantoto

Cacoo, the browser-based diagramming and design application launched in November 2009, came out of beta today. The Flash tool allows users to create, share and publish wireframes, sitemaps, network diagrams, flow charts, UMLs, etc.

What makes Cacoo stand out is that it lets multiple users in different locations create and edit designs collaboratively and in real-time. Changes to designs shared online, i.e. on a blog or wiki, are reflected in the embedded item automatically and in real-time, which means uploading them again isn’t necessary (more on Cacoo’s main features in our previous coverage).

Next to shedding the beta label, Cacoo maker Nulab has introduced a freemium model, under which the free plan will continue with some restrictions. Users paying $4.95 monthly (or $49 per year) will be able to create unlimited sheets for their designs, export them in more formats (SVG), share diagrams and folders with an unlimited number of people, and more.

 

October 17, 2010

Copying Y combinator

Tech start-ups and entrepreneurs are blooming across the globe. Check this article.

1. Europe’s tech entrepreneurs blooming by the economist.  http://bit.ly/cWgdxO

2. the model of Y combinator is extremely popular(seed funding + incubator ) and worldwide is coping it. Innovation work by Dr. Lee Kai fu uses the same model.

Check the world wide map of start-up accelerator. http://bit.ly/dDrQ9X

Check the study of Y combinator model. http://bit.ly/d1oz6P

and yes. I want the same and move the model to china after my MBA.

And how popular is Y combinator? Check this out. CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and CEO of Groupon Andrew Mason had interviews in the Y combinator   startup school. http://tcrn.ch/9FVpIG

Entrepreneurs rock!

May 2, 2010

How to get a job in Venture Capital

Here is what i found out about the ways of getting a job in venture capital. VC is an industry that a lot of talents are chasing while only a handful can achieve.  There are four paths that may accomplish it.

1. Attend a top-tier business school, namely H/S/W. Their MBA graduate make up of 50% of who are lucky to get into VC as a flesh MBA. Attending a non top-10 business school may actually lower your chance vs. not going at all.

2. Work for a Start-up.  Should be quite simple to understand since VC deals with start-ups and your experience in start-up and chances to network with VC will definitely help you.

3. Start your own business.  I hope the business will go well to attract the attention of VC. Once your company is sold or IPO, you have enough cash to become one of the VC.

4. Take a job which may offer you a higher change. They are the jobs in investment banks, top-tier consulting firms.  Your blackground in above companies shows that you’re smart and can work very hard.  Also you seems to master comprehensive business knowledge and practices, which is well prepared for a job in VC.

Check the original article.
How to get a job in VC!

Another Thought

How about this way to get into the game? To become a business school professor who study entrepreneurship and actively work with students/peers in technology incubation centre at university. Is this duable?

Besides, it’s better to start to build your reputation on the web since VC is keen to invest in the companies of IT/Internet/Telecom. So you get to show your passion and enthusiasm in this web 2.0 world.

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