Yesterday, European Entrepreneurship Foundation celebrated its 8th anniversary at Demola Budapest. I remember, a few years ago on First Mondays, the key themes were new ventures and successful investments. Yesterday, I saw experienced entrepreneurs talking about exits and their next ventures as investors and mentors. Times are changing.
One way to get to know one is to travel with one. I recently went on a trip to Berlin with my life mentor, Peter Zaboji, president of European Entrepreneurship Foundation. I’m a frequent traveler, but I did learn a few lessons from this seasoned corporate man turned entrepreneur.
A bit of self-awareness for our readers from our guest blogger Camila Hynes. Can you find yourself?
I hope I can get you into a nostalgic mood with the famous scene of Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park: “If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh… well, there it is.” Continue reading
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This is a guest post by Gina Smith of spanning.com. Enjoy reading it!
Like it or loathe it, the cloud has transformed the way we communicate, interact, socialize and do business. Some companies have been slow to embrace this new technology. For one, “change” and the fear of the unknown is always scary. Second, once a company immerses themselves into a cloud environment, their entire work culture shifts. For some employees, this shift is a welcome change, allowing them to integrate technologies similar to those they already use in their personal lives. For employees less likely to embrace technology, this shift can cause a certain level of anxiety. Essentially, businesses are in a sort of catch-22. Tech savvy employees tend to be more productive in “cloud” environments, while those apprehensive to abandon their fax machines tend to struggle with new technology. The fact of the matter is more and more businesses are turning to the cloud, which is changing the way we do business. Before we go further let’s discuss some ways the “cloud” is shifting our corporate culture.
81% of business buyers start the process with a web search. Brick & mortar stores becoming showrooms just for buyers to try the product then place an online order elsewhere. Server orders dropping as a result of public cloud services. Value Added Resellers (VARs) and distributors struggle to keep the good old business running in the cloud era and seek temporary solutions, such as activating cloud subscriptions or simplifying invoicing in countries where legislations lag behind. What’s the future for distributors and resellers? Where can they deliver value in this new world?
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Tagged Business, Business Cloud, Cloud Computing, Crossing the Chasm, Enterprise, ERP, SaaS
Would it sound strange to you if we compared life expectancy of humans Vs companies? Because if we did, you’d be surprised how immaturely companies die – and I’m talking about the Fortune 500 category here. With life expectancy of 45 years on average (this is how long humans lived for in the 16th century), the biggest and brightest American companies proudly grow huge and die early. And while growing, most of them ignore the fact that there are over 5 thousand companies out there today who survived at least two centuries. Some even a thousand years or more. Learning from these strange papa smurf companies may sound silly though as they are usually small – most of them haven’t grown larger than 300 heads. Too small to be taken seriously, ha?. Is there still hope for a life-extending diet for the F500 though? Well, let’s see it …