What Makes Corporations Stop Innovating?

On the e27 website author and retired serial entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank explores the billion dollar question – why can’t most corporations be as innovative as startups? In a large company, fear of failure inhibits speed and risk-taking while in a startup fear of failure drives speed and urgency. If we could understand the root cause of that difference,  … Read more

The Next Big Opportunity for Startups

When I made the transition two years ago from working with a 100 year-old organization — one I had called home for almost eight years — to working with companies sometimes less than 100 hours old, I assumed I would see tremendous differences.

In my early career, I had experienced the textbook definition of outdated management thinking that centered on hierarchy and lack of trust.

Our physical presence at the office during the workweek was considered proof that we were doing our jobs. Someone was often assigned to stand at the door to make note of the people who were more than a few minutes late. Despite the fact that almost every employee was a working parent, if you wanted to see your child in a school play or take him or her to the doctor during work hours, you had to request a half-day off — time off was not allocated in hourly increments. There were also fairly rigid dress code requirements; for instance, if women wore skirts, we expected to wear pantyhose (and this was in 2003).

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Working With Intellectual Property Rights In East Africa

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One challenge that mobile startups have continued to face recently in East Africa lies in the question of whether to spend time, money and other resources in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection. Startups are often convinced that their ideas and innovations are unique and that they only should rightly pursue monetization for the ideas and innovations.

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iHub Research | Supporting Startups

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By Gladys Kitony

You may have a brilliant idea for your startup, but the end product fails to live up to its brilliance in the market. Understanding the market ensures that actual needs are captured versus the needs perceived by the entrepreneur. Market research helps to build the customer base by clearly defining the target client and it attracts larger investment as the investors are able to see the startup has conducted the necessary groundwork that will safeguard its growth. Therefore, if a startup is to be truly successful, it must keep pace with the ever changing environment by continuously conducting market researches.

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