April 16, 2008 |
The globetrotting lifestyle is typically exclusive to jet-set, elite billionaires. But as offices go virtual and technology evolves, small-business owners are discovering they too can live out their globe-trekking dreams. Entrepreneurs already have the flexibility to conduct business when and where they want to. And as organizational psychologist Dr. Billie Blair points out, they also have the key components shared by adventurers across the globe. "For both entrepreneurs and travelers, the same spirit is there," she says.
December 2, 2011 |
"People under 35 are the people who make change happen," said venture capitalist Vinod Khosla , "People over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas. " Khosla, who believes that old entrepreneurs can't innovate because they keep "falling back on old habits," said this at the NASSCOM Product Enclave in Bangalore, on Nov. 9. He isn't alone in his views. Silicon Valley VCs talk openly about their bias toward young entrepreneurs. Some argue that Internet entrepreneurs peak at the age of 25. Khosla and...
July 29, 2011 |
The legends of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and other high-tech entrepreneurs have fed a stereotypical vision of innovation in America: Mix a brainy college dropout, a garage-incubated idea and a powerful venture capitalist, stir well, and you get the latest Silicon Valley powerhouse. That's Hollywood's version of technological innovation; unfortunately, it's also the one that venture capitalists try to fund and government planners seek to replicate. But these individuals are not America's typical entrepreneurs.
February 26, 2010 |
Silicon Valley investors often have a picture in their heads of the type of person who is worthy of funding: young, brash, stubborn, and arrogant. They believe that successful entrepreneurs come from entrepreneurial families and that they start their entrepreneurial journey by selling lemonade while in grade school. Angel investor and entrepreneur, Jason Calacanis said as much in his recent talk to Penn State students. And after meeting Wharton students, VC Fred Wilson expressed shock when a professor told him that you could teach...
July 28, 2011 |
The life of McLean resident Long Nguyen, 68, has come full circle. As a boy in Vietnam, Nguyen became inspired by U.S. ingenuity when he saw — for the first time — a Boeing 707 jet landing at the Saigon airport in the 1950s, he said. "A few friends and I went to the airport to watch it land," he said. "It was a big deal, and I was very impressed by it because it represented to me the unparalleled ingenuity of the American people. " Today, Nguyen is chief executive of the Reston-based...
April 28, 2013 |
Washington's expanding food culture has inspired a new generation of entrepreneurs to try their hand at the food business, often peddling treats they make themselves through food trucks, farmers markets, coffee shops and restaurants. One barrier to entry, at least in the District, can be finding a kitchen in which to cook. Currently, city law requires bakers and cooks to prepare food in commercial kitchens, with rates, often driven up by District real estate prices, that can be unaffordable to entrepreneurs...