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Compete Now: The 2013 New Year Challenge for Entrepreneurs

December 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Entrepreneurs

One Million by One Million (1M/1M) celebrated it’s 150th free and online roundtable mentoring session for entrepreneurs a few days ago, and announced its 2013 New Year Challenge.
The Prize:
The New Year Challenge will award twelve scholarships worth $1,000 each to twelve entrepreneurs. This scholarship allows entrepreneurs to join the 1M/1M premium program that offers private roundtable [...]

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Entrepreneurs! Tell the world how many jobs you have created at Startup Jobs Count

September 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

“Entrepreneurs are the engine for economic growth and jobs creation,” Chris Shipley, the founder of the GuideWire Group, reports. ”Now, it’s time to put some real numbers behind the conventional wisdom!” As a result she has created Startup Jobs Count.
Entrepreneurs! Speak up! It takes ages to get data from official reports. So getting back to the source [...]

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Women@theFrontier: The Power of Empowering

August 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Earlier this week at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, I was the keynote speaker at the second annual Conference of Women@theFrontier founded by Susan Fonseca-Klein, also founding architect of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to [...]

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Democratizing entrepreneurship education: Sramana Mitra’s 1M by 1M program

June 6th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Sramana Mitra, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant founded the 1M by 1M(One Million by One Million) program, “a framework for Capitalism 2.0,” she says, and which she “envisions as a distributed, democratic capitalism.” Here is what this means: Not everybody can, or even needs to, come to Silicon Valley to create a company. There are creative entrepreneurs [...]

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Combining entrepreneurship and leadership: Vision India 2020, by Sramana Mitra

March 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

Vision India 2020 by Sramana Mitra describes where India could be – or should be 10 years down the road. Is the country destined to remain an outsourcing haven? No – and anyway, this outsourcing industry shows some cracks. Is its historical heritage doomed to disappear entirely? Yes, if nothing is done. Are the sprawling [...]

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Guest-speaking in Bob Lowry’s class at UMass Amherst: Entrepreneurs are storytellers

October 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

It is simply a great pleasure to step into a class of some eighty highly motivated students: when I asked who planned to start a company one day, at least half of them raised their hands!
The name of the course for which I was a guest speaker is “Leadership and Networking,” taught by Bob Lowry. [...]

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How to test, validate, and bring your idea to market, by Sramana Mitra

September 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

I already spoke twice about Sramana Mitra – the reality is that she writes a lot and here she is again with the third volume of Entrepreneur Journeys: Entrepreneur Journeys v.3: Positioning: How To Test, Validate, And Bring Your Idea To Market.

Sramana chooses four domains for this book: Going Vertical, Cloud Computing, Collaboration and Content Publishing. [...]

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Sramana Mitra, Bootstrapping: Weapon of Mass Reconstruction

May 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs

I just finished reading Sramana Mitra’s Entrepreneur Journeys: Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, the second volume of her Entrepreneur Journeys series.
Great title: Yes, small companies and mom-and-pop businesses are the very texture of this country (as they are all over the world), and some of them can be grown to a significant level and address sufficiently [...]

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Sramana Mitra: “Entrepreneur Journeys”

November 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs

When you start a book, there are always a few words that make you want to read on. I like the way Sramana Mitra describes her goal with ”Entrepreneur Journeys.” She wants “to capture that tribal knowledge accumulated in the private lives of great entrepreneurs.” Although it is now common lingo, even with Six Sigma pundits, I still [...]

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