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Zufi Deo – BizGees: Alternative Finance for Refugee Entrepreneurs

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Conor Flynn talks with Zufi Deo, co-founder of BizGees, about financial inclusion, fintech, and refugee entrepreneurs. Learn more about BizGees at https://www.bizgees.org/. Thank you to our sponsors: Startup Commons – http://www.startupcommons.org/ Entreprenavel – https://entreprenavel.com/ The Founders, Futurists, and Failures podcast takes you on a journey inside entrepreneurial minds. Conor Flynn interviews people in the entrepreneurship […]

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Lauren Wilmot – MoodClue

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Lauren Wilmot discusses MoodClue, a startup empowering kids to unleash their imaginations. Learn more at https://moodclue.com/. Also, don’t forget to support the MoodClue Kickstarter: Thank you to our sponsors! http://www.startupcommons.org/ – Startup Commons Global https://entreprenavel.com/ – Entreprenavel The Founders, Futurists, and Failures podcast takes you on a journey inside entrepreneurial minds. Conor Flynn interviews people […]

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Do You Embrace Entrepreneurial Behavior?

Lightbulb with startup growth line. This will be your trajectory if you adopt entrepreneurial behavior.

What is entrepreneurial behavior? Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur these days, but how do you know if you are cut out for the entrepreneurial journey? You will be prepared to embark on an entrepreneurial career if you embrace entrepreneurial behavior, a set of key skills that all entrepreneurs develop. Ask yourself the following questions […]

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Magic Marketing: Appealing to Customer Desires

Clayton Christensen and his colleagues developed the theory of Jobs to Be Done, an innovation framework focused on customer desires. Rather than concentrating on traditional market demographics, the theory encourages product developers and marketers to appeal to three types of customer desires: functional, emotional, and social. According to the Christensen Institute, “People don’t simply buy […]

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Book Review: The Innovation Blind Spot by Ross Baird

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“The idea that entrepreneurship is a meritocracy is a myth.” Ross Baird bases his debut book, The Innovation Blind Spot, on the premise that capital fails to flow to the most innovative and useful new ideas. Instead, he argues, “money flows to the ideas that are the most convenient to find or the most familiar.” […]

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How to Mobilize $1 Trillion, Restore the American Dream, and Solve Global Problems

According to Bloomberg and BlackRock, over $50 trillion in potential investment capital is sitting on the sidelines. Billionaires, alone, are holding $1.7 trillion in cash, according to CNBC. By mobilizing $1 trillion of this capital, we can restore the American Dream, while simultaneously solving some of the most pressing global problems. Tackling Pressing Problems The […]

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Does Sustainability Correlate with Capitalism?

Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on October 26, 2017. His talk focused on tribalism, sustainability, and the future. He illuminated how climate change became a divisive, party-line issue. As recent as 1990, 70% of Democrats, along with 70% of Republicans, agreed that the government […]

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How Should We Pursue Sustainable Development?

In the United Nation’s World Economic and Social Survey 2013, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs stated that “unless human development and environmental protection goals are integrated, they will remain in competition, jeopardizing both sets of goals.” How can we reduce global income inequality, lift over 1 billion people out of extreme poverty, and […]

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Fiduciary Responsibility: The ESG Element

Fiduciaries have a responsibility to increase beneficiaries’ options, acting within contributors’ constraints. This means that fiduciaries must act in beneficiaries’ economic best interest, while minimizing risks associated with externalities. In addition to generating economic returns, fiduciaries have a responsibility to minimize environmental, social, and governmental (ESG) risk factors by generating ESG returns. The concept of […]

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Impact Investing: Will Your Business Pay for Success?

Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative new funding mechanism that is used to finance social-benefit projects with high-quality impact metrics. PFS projects are popping up in every sector from homelessness, to healthcare, to education. New models prove that PFS projects can be used to stimulate investment in commodities, as well as workforce development. What […]

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