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Where Are They Now? A Reunion with MIT Business Plan Competition Alumni

Where Are They Now?  A Reunion with MIT Business Plan Competition Alumni

Oct 3, 2013

The end of the spring semester at MIT heralded the close of another year of business plan competitions. In the wake of an exciting conclusion to the Clean Energy Prize (CEP), the $100K Entrepreneurship Competition ($100K), and the IDEAS Global Challenge, and looking ahead to the start of a fresh cycle, I thought I would follow-up with a few business plan...

Why Does Location Matter?

Why Does Location Matter?

Sep 20, 2013

The world-is-flat meme dismisses location as irrelevant because companies can start anywhere and reach employees and customers at any time of day via e-mail, text, voice, and video. However, my research suggests that where you locate your start-up matters tremendously; it can influence whether you succeed or fail. Location matters to start-ups because the people...

Why heart companies win: a conversation with 9-year old founder Vivienne Harr

Why heart companies win: a conversation with 9-year old founder Vivienne Harr

Sep 14, 2013

In a world in which consumption becomes far more mindful it is the social purpose companies that win. It is the businesses from the heart and not only from the mind that win. And overall it is not the more but the better that wins. Ever since the outbreak of the global financial crisis there has been a 50%-decline in consumer trust in corporations. Consumer...

A Smartphone for the Blind

Say you are running late to a meeting with a friend. You would simply communicate the delay to your friend through a text / call. But what if your friend is blind and can’t read? According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired, of which 39 million are people blind[i]. Sumit Dagar has a breakthrough solution to...

Using Big Data Takes Discipline

Using Big Data Takes Discipline

Jun 26, 2013

“It’s like saying, I gave Stacy a pen, therefore she’s a journalist,” said ZestFinance CEO Douglas Merrill at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference this March. We’re not automatically great decision makers just because we have big data. In fact, the hazards of relying strictly on data to make decisions have received a good amount of press, including a...