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October 8, 2010 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

To win in emerging markets, move first.

from The Daily Stat | Harvard Business Review

The developing world’s two-billion-strong middle class will increase its annual spending from $6.9 trillion today to $20 trillion — twice current U.S. consumption — over the next decade, McKinsey research suggests. These consumers will give early winners a chance to gain lasting advantages, just as occurred when consumption first boomed in the developed world. In 17 product categories in the U.S., for example, McKinsey found that the 1925 market leader remained the top or number-two player for the rest of the century.

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August 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Economic recovery? It’s up to you.

I’ve been participating in a Linkedin discussion among Vistage / TEC CEO Leadership group members. It began with a link to “Here Comes the Recovery!” by New York Times business blogger Jack Stack (bio). The article begins…

After spending the last six months on the road talking to hundreds of business owners around the country, I have come to a conclusion that might surprise you: the economic recovery is already well under way. And, if you don’t start putting a strategy in place to take advantage of it, you’re risking the future of your company… (continue reading)

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August 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

How to make your hiring process a “process.”

I’ve been talking to CEOs who tell me they’re getting 300 or more applications for every position they advertise. Most applicants are completely unqualified, but they take up a lot of staff time to process. The CEO’s think they’re missing some good candidates in the bunch, but staff is worn out by the review process. I asked Brad Remillard of Impact Hiring Solutions for advice. He pointed me to his article, “How Recruiters Read Resumes In 10 Seconds or Less.”

Ken Sethney [marketing coach]

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August 23, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Growing out of recession: states matter.

From the executive summary of “Enterprising States” published by the National Chamber Foundation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The message of Enterprising States is that the 50 “little Republics” matter. State policies matter. Governors, state legislators, and local officials matter. Although the Federal government has been driving stabilization policy during the recent recession, it is the states [and territories] that will lead a crucial new growth strategy in the next decade.

The nation needs an economic revival sufficiently robust to create 20 million jobs over the next decade—restoring the 7 million jobs lost to the current recession, and creating the 13 million new jobs that our growing nation will need in the next 10 years. And while the Federal government will affect the situation on the ground in broad strokes and from a distance, Governors and state and local government will drive the types of new, experimental, flexible job- growth strategies that can match the speed of the global economy and achieve this growth imperative. (more…)

August 21, 2010 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Fortune favors the bold.

by Thomas G. McInerney | adviser and investor in early stage internet companies

Ray Kurzweil maps out an optimistic view of the future with a tremendous amount of data supporting his main thesis — that the rate of innovation is increasing on a geometric scale. This means that innovation is happening faster every day. So yes, there are macro-level concerns about the economy, but there is also a staggering amount of data that supports the case for being an optimist. The data supports the fact that we’ll see more innovation in the next ten years than we’ve seen in the last one hundred years.

If you are an investor or entrepreneur, this is the best time in history to make a fortune and create a better world. There are more opportunities now than there have ever been. Information and data are being democratized in a way that present opportunities for anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Markets are global. You can reach the world with your blog. You can influence politics, voice your opinion. You can even email people like Steve Jobs directly.

There is no time in history like now. So if you’ve run out of ideas, buy gold. But I argue this is the best time to find innovators and invest in the future. Fortune favors the bold.

Source: Why Gold May Be a Bad Investment aka The Case for Being Optimistic

July 26, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

How to wow a venture capitalist in 7 slides.

I spotted this great blog post by Gerry Langeler | Seattle 2.0

We’ve seen all sorts of presentations from startups over the years. But none as succinct, yet as effective as one we saw a few days ago.

The Seattle company in question is one that pitched us a few years ago. At the time, we loved the team, but thought they seemed to be remarkably unfocused. So, rather than have our money burned in a “bumping into trees” exercise, we passed. Now they were back – with laser focus – and it showed.

Before the presentation started, the CEO told us he only brought seven slides. And oh, by the way, they were all in 30 point type! My immediate reaction was, “This guy must have his stuff together!” Rather than death by PowerPoint, he was planning to subject us to a real discussion, where the knowledge of the management team was the foundation, not the slides. And the goal was interaction with potential investors, not to baffle us with BS.

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July 8, 2010 at 8:47 am 1 comment

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