Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship’

December 9, 2009 (@2:06 pm)

How Dissonance Creates the Conditions for Innovation

Following my exploration of “systematic creativity,” I was pleased to take up sociologist David Stark’s new book, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life (2009). You might not get it from the title, but this book is about the conditions that lead to creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in organizations. According to Stark, the presence of competing notions of value within an organization, or what he calls “dissonance,” is one such fundamental condition.

August 10, 2009 (@5:35 pm)

Data on Start-up Success Says: Start Businesses Early and Often

For the entrepreneurs who might be reading this, let me first extend my apologies … to your spouses and families. The data I’m about to share suggests that the key to entrepreneurial success may not be how good your business idea is or how much money you have to launch it, but rather how many times you try.

August 6, 2009 (@12:09 pm)

Facebook’s Reach: Mining the Facebook Ad Platform for Data

I’ve been speculating on a new Web project, gathering information to help me decide if a standalone website is indeed the best vehicle for the new venture, or if it could run on top of Facebook either as a Facebook App or Facebook Page. In the course of my research, I came across a handy technique for exposing otherwise unpublished information about Facebook’s users. This little trick is probably well-known in some circles, but I haven’t seen it widely discussed, so here goes:

August 3, 2009 (@5:45 pm)

A Call for Writers to Renovate the Web

I recently joined Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer for his series of sessions at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism designed to instigate entrepreneurs among the current class of journalists who, mind you, have scant job prospects in traditional media. For one of the sessions, Lerer invited viral marketing whiz and founder of BuzzFeed Jonah Peretti to discuss growth models for Web start-ups.

Lerer and Peretti, both successful media entrepreneurs, agreed that there are two possible models: