Distraction Detox

This New Year, my dear friend and inspirational entrepreneur, Aviva Goldfarb started a Sugar Detox Facebook group page.  The instructions were simple – cut out all added sugar for the month of January.  It is enlightening and a bit scary to see how sugar creeps into everything we eat – and how that constant stream […]

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Lean ways to test new product ideas

I have an equation written on the whiteboard at our offices: 15 minutes watching a real user with your product in their environment = 10 hours talking/planning at the office. This equation saved my company. Pablo Fuentes, CEO and founder of Proven Do you have a great idea for a new product or service? The […]

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Interns: A Win/Win

I recently had the opportunity to learn about Urban Alliance (see video above), a youth development organization that empowers under-resourced high school seniors to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. Urban Alliance targets young people in communities where the odds are stacked against them. Most do not graduate from high […]

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Why big data matters…big

“The amount of data in our world has been exploding, and analyzing large data sets—so-called big data—will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus.” Research Study by MGI and McKinsey’s Business Technology Office  Have you heard of a relatively new entrepreneurial framework termed the Lean Start-up? […]

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Mapping Your Business Ideas

Business owners rarely have a problem generating innovative ideas. The problem instead is deciding on the best few ideas and then saying no, at least for awhile, to the others. I have found that the following process and model can help a business team quickly get to these best few growth initiatives: 1) Assemble your […]

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