After "one hundred days of Dave," the government has already served up some good policies for entrepreneurs. But our position as one of the best countries to start and grow a business is not inevitable, and it is relative. Talent is increasingly mobile: if entrepreneurs can build a bigger, better business elsewhere, they probably will.
In our sector, we tend to think that tech can solve everything, and many start-ups are making positive societal changes through innovative approaches and business models. But some of the world's most fundamental problems - like poverty, equality, or access to clean water - can't be fixed with an app, or even with a social enterprise or business-led approach.
According to many sources, a staggering 90% of startups fail. You might be that lucky small small majority that thinks of an idea, executes it and it ...
Last weekend I attended a Startup Weekend in Dublin, which is an opportunity for passionate leaders and entrepreneurs to come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups in just 54 hours. Here are 10 crucial things I learned over the weekend.
I had been living a stress-free life as an English teacher in South Korea and was known for dropping everything on a whim to go travel the world. I always had dreams of starting my own business one day, even from a very young age and had looked on at the word 'entrepreneur' with the highest esteem and desire for many years.
As a person whose life has been transformed by meditation, I love the 'time' excuse. If you can't find 20 minutes a day to meditate then you need two hours to meditate. I empathizse; I was very busy most of my life running in circles. It certainly took up all my time and, interesting enough, never seemed to break.
Nothing ever goes to plan. Investors will know that. Be passionate, be knowledgeable, be prepared and you may well just find that business angel...
The entrepreneur has been lauded as the saviour of faltering economies, has its own social class and has even become a sex symbol. While these business leaders have dominated our consciousness, a quieter relative has been beavering away in the background, shirking the limelight.
One of the main reasons why people set up in business is a desire for independence and freedom. Often that's a reaction to the constraints of working for a large organisation where there's little flexibility to 'do your own thing'.
Although the public will revel in blaming the player's demise on a lavish lifestyle few can afford, many downfalls are a result of impressionable young athletes taking advice from supposedly reputable advisors who in reality have the ethics of a common criminal.
This Friday, ten companies will make their final pitches in Virgin Media Business' Pitch to Rich competition. Although the event will take place in Sh...
My journey so far has taught me a lot, and there is still quite some way to go. Every business is different and no two career paths can ever be the same, but there are some lessons that I know I would have benefited from when I was starting out.
At a time when a lot of the conversations reaching young people are that its hard to get a job and build a career, it should be businesses inspiring the next generation by teaching them the things they need to know and how to be entrepreneurial. Empowering young people to believe in their ideas and their potential should be at the core of businesses everywhere. Yeah I needed to take a leap when I decided to build SB.TV into a business; there was a lot of risk involved. But it was the best decision I ever made. Just think of the potential if some of the world's biggest businesses made a promise to encourage entrepreneurial skills in young people - more jobs, more innovation, more economic growth.
I have failed many times in my career, but I have also succeeded. And I have definitely learnt more from the former. My belief is this: with every failure in your career, you gain experience and understanding that will benefit you in the future. To fail is to learn. It is a positive.
Unemployment, nepotism, high taxes, small internal market, obstructive and dysfunctional public sector, low liquidity and lack of willing investors construe a hostile environment for professionals in a financially struggling Greece. Despite all adversities, three young people defy all odds, lead by example and serve as "beacons" of hope.
Last week more than two hundred would-be revolutionaries answered a call to arms and gathered in London with a view to reimagining the future - let me tell you about the first day of the proceedings...