Posts Tagged ‘Entrepreneurs’

Thinking of Starting a Business and Need Tips Fast? Pick up Startup

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

If you are thinking of starting your own business but don’t know where to start, then pick up a copy of Elizabeth Edward’s StartupEdwards is a former venture capitalist who has read hundreds of business plans and heard hundreds of entrepreneurs pitch their ideas.

I was interested in her book because Wyatt, the main character for the 3rd book of the Future Business Leaders’ Series (which is coming out in June) takes on an adventure to write a business plan and court venture capitalists so his comedy club can grow.  I wanted to read what advice a real venture capitalist would give to a first-timer, and Startup fit the profile.


Startup: for new entrepreneurs

Startup is packed with the necessary ingredients you must have to cook up any business. Edwards provides countless resources and advice for researching your market and building a sound business plan. You’ll also find tips for technical tools and lots of legal recommendations.

I was most impressed with the level of detail she covers in regard to raising capital. Edwards diligently outlines nearly every possible financing option available to entrepreneurs, giving the pros and con of each. She meticulously describes the requirements, application processes, and the loan amounts and interest rates you can expect.

You’ll have to overlook the untidy formatting. There are many blank pages in the middle of chapters and the image resolution is a bit poor. But if you’re just starting a business, then you’ll find the information so valuable that these minor faults are certainly worth forgiving.

The tips and guidelines in the book are mostly straight-to-the-point and practical, without much storytelling. Edwards seals her credibility when she proposes brainstorming your brand with buddies and booze, which I highly recommend, too! 😉

Entrepreneur Extends Property Rights to the Extreme Poor

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

UPDATE: I have new information that addresses the question I had below.
Landesa: Property Land Rights for Extreme Poor

Entrepreneurship starts with property rights and I recently discovered this entrepreneur, Roy Prosterman, who started the world’s first non-governmental organization (31 years ago) designed to partner with governments to extend land rights to the extreme poor. His organization is now called Landesa.

See how Landesa is thriving now >>

Landesa Success Stories >> (some go on to open their own small businesses!)

I do wonder if they (or a partner) teach the new property owners how to manage their land and other resources so that they can prosper.  A few late payments to the bank financing the land and the dream would be gone.

UPDATE: I have new information that addresses the question I had above. According to Matt Lambert of Landesa, no loans are involved in their work. They work “with local governments who give land to small holder farmers so they have a stable economic asset to create a home, subsist on homegrown food, sell surplus crops to generate income, and use as they know best.”  Thank you, Matt, for clarifying that point.

“The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation.” –Ayn Rand

Novogratz Turns Aid Org into Business, Earning African Single Moms 4x National Average

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Hear this awesome story about the conversion of an aid organization for single mothers in Africa into a successful bakery business that earned them 4 times the national average!

Jacqueline’s emphasis on sustainable bottom-up solutions over traditional top-down aid means investing in entrepreneurs, demanding accountability and giving people dignity.

This is a great option for investors who want to make social investments.


2 Sets of 10 Commandments for Entrepreneurs

July 12, 2009 2 comments

The FIRST SET comes from Guy Kawasaki
Entrepreneurship’s 10 Commandments from Knowledge@Warton

  1. Make Meaning, Not Money
  2. Make a Mantra, Not a Mission Statement
  3. Jump Curves

Read On…

The SECOND SET is written for students:
The 10 Commandments of Student Entrepreneurship

  1. Get Motivated
  2. Be Innovative
  3. Find a Mentor

Read on…

Thinking about entrepreneurs changing the world…

A friend of my who has just started her own business just shared this video with me.  It’s inspiring, no doubt…watch it and join the entrepreneur movement!

Korea, here comes Tyler – the Books are Going Global!!

May 7, 2009 2 comments

Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine goes to Korea

Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine goes to Korea

We recently signed a deal with a Korean publisher to translate the first 2 books of the series into Korean.  I was wondering what the titles would look like, so I went out to Yahoo! Babel Fish to translate.  Here’s what they will be (I think):

Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine:

Tyler와 그의것은 기계를 해결한다 matic

Tyler Passes the Golden Key:

Tyler는 뇌물을 통과한다

OK, that was fun.  Thanks for playing with me.  🙂

I can’t wait to see what they will look like.   Here’s the Press Release that tells more about the Korean deal for the Future Business Leaders’ Series(TM).

TV Interview on Atlanta’s NBC 11 Alive

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment

NBC's 11 Alive

TV Interview: Feb 5, 6

If you live in Atlanta, watch our TV interview with Donna Lowry to air Thursday, Feb 5, and also on Friday, Feb 6, at 6:20 AM on NBC’s 11 Alive. Check your listing at

Three kids (2 families) who have read the books will talk about the businesses they started after reading them.