Startup Stages Stage Teams

PaulAdvocacy21 Comments

Earlier this year, a study of United States Census, Business Dynamic Statistics, by Ecliptic Capital’s Christy Cardenas, revealed that new businesses account for almost all [net] new job creation, and 20% of gross job creation.   In a world in which 90% of startups fail and 54% of new businesses end within the first few years, a known challenge for … Read More

The Evolution of “Entrepreneur”

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Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

2020 will be remembered as one of the most remarkable years in human history for a host of reasons, least of which is how the state of our economy, and need to work from home, has thrust us all to appreciate what it means to be online at the same time that many are exploring starting a business of their … Read More

The Better Way Forward

PaulAdvocacy, Innovation, Venture Capital34 Comments

The economy of the United States is in distress. Our experiences in 2020 have exposed significant problems, accelerated movements, and forced social changes about health, society, and our experience with all things digital. We’re faced with a global recession and record unemployment. At this inflection point, we have an opportunity to adapt to change and to build a better future. … Read More

Veteran Entrepreneurship in 2020

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March, this year, really challenged entrepreneurs to appreciate what it means to pivot. The Veterans Lounge, produced by DreamState Entertainment and Platinum TDM, captured in real time how capably Veterans make such changes; and in doing so, proved that staying focused on the mission of an effort, despite adversity, keeps us on track to accomplish something. Our work to produce … Read More

Lessons from Media: The Realistic Growth of Revenue for an Average Startup

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It struck me over the recent holidays that founders and entrepreneurs have far more they might learn from Media than is readily apparent. Among startups, investors, mentors, advisors, and incubators, such as Collective, are queried again and again on the question of revenue and what founders and teams should expect (or the expectations they should set) regarding that coveted of … Read More

Disney’s Strategy is a Study in Pivots through Market Development

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In 2017, August, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company would be pulling shows from Netflix and similar streaming services; the news, highlighted by Thrillist, shed light on their plans to make their way into that already crowded streaming market with the launch of their own direct-to-consumer service for shows and movies. We now know a lot about Disney+ and that it … Read More

Startup Sequence Initiated

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Enterprise Stations

We are in an era of ‘prestige television’, with unprecedented choice and quality. So why are so many of us streaming endless reruns of 90s sitcoms? Richard Godwin; The Guardian I introduced my daughter, now 14, to Star Trek when she was 12. It’s now *our show* with her begging to stay up late to watch it with Dad, and … Read More