How Great Entrepreneurs Got Started

    Nearly 20 years ago, after speaking at a conference in beautiful Pebble Beach, Calif., I happened to catch the keynote by a little-known entrepreneur from Japan, Masayoshi Son. I was struck by Son’s bold vision for his young company, a software distributor named Softbank. Although Softbank – which had recently acquired the personal computer industry’s […]

    The Key to Success? Relationships.

    If you ask 10 entrepreneurs to tell you the key to business success, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. I’m sure one would say product innovation, and while that’s definitely a significant factor, it’s not the right answer. And, yes, there is a right answer. The key to business success is winning and keeping […]

  • What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick

    What do Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all have in common? Probably nothing. Or maybe a lot. Honestly, I have no idea. What I do know is that I met one of them and – trust me when I tell you – he is one-of-a-kind. A unicorn. There is no one else like […]

    Uncommon Wisdom for the Entrepreneurial Generation

    I just heard from a reader who went to a good school, got a degree, sent out zillions of resumes and couldn’t get a single interview, let alone a job. She’s tried everything she could think of over the years to no avail. Her conclusion? College was a waste. There were no jobs. Guess what […]

    Will Getting an MBA or Professional License Benefit Me As an Entrepreneur?

    While there are many different ways to prepare yourself to become an entrepreneur, I recommend focusing on opportunities that help you develop key qualities. Most entrepreneurs share these traits: imagination, courage, integrity, leadership, work-ethic and accountability. Pursuing a professional license or graduate degree can only help with building on some of these qualities. Here’s how. […]

    Dell and Students Look to Entrepreneurship to Reform the Education System

    They say the best time to learn a language is when you’re young. How about entrepreneurship? To find out, Dell and student networking and advocacy group Student Voice are teaming up for an event aimed at tackling education reform, Student Voice Live. One avenue for achieving this end: Introducing entrepreneurship into the nation’s schools. In a panel […]

    Is Our Education System Hurting Entrepreneurship?

    In a world beset by economic challenges, cultural discord and environmental deterioration, the English philosopher Sir Ken Robinson believes he has the solution to man’s most fundamental problems: Imagination. An evolved notion of creativity is humanity’s defining trait, Robinson says, in that it allows us to examine the past as well as anticipate the future […]

    How the Changing Education Landscape is Helping Entrepreneurs

    The higher-education industry is changing drastically and that change is good for business — and entrepreneurs. Colleges and universities are no longer the gatekeeper of information or the only game in town. Instead, numerous new providers are entering the fray, increasing competition for students (customers) and driving down prices. Not only are these new services […]

    The Secret Entrepreneurial Lessons of a Liberal Arts Education

    Despite reports that liberal arts colleges and universities are failing to prepare students for careers, entrepreneurial students can leverage a liberal arts education to learn the skills to create high paying jobs and transform industries. Beyond the obvious skills colleges provide — critical thinking, communication and scientific validation — here are the less obvious abilities […]