Startups To Watch: Where Are They Now?

At the end of last year, I highlighted several start-ups to watch, notable for their access-based business models.  With a little more than half of 2014 already behind us, I wanted to check back in on these companies to hear more about how they’ve been executing on their respective roads to success. Here’s a snapshot of startups to watch and where they are now. Eleven James: Since the beginning of the year, Eleven James  has focused its efforts on validating demand for its membership- and loyalty-based program that provides entre into the world of men’s luxury watches.  Domestic and ...

Does the Movie ‘Chef’ Teach More About Entrepreneurship Than ‘Silicon Valley’?

John Favreau’s new movie Chef is a celebration of food, a sweet story of family, and an inside look at the ups and downs of the restaurant business.  It’s also a meaningful story about entrepreneurship as the main character, Chef Carl Casper, confronts a common question of business ownership– when to take a risk and how much is enough. In today’s media environment, which often glamorizes high tech entrepreneurship, the commentary in Chef about starting and running a business was subtle.  The emphasis throughout the movie remained on the main character’s passion for his craft.  Nevertheless, ...

Startups To Watch In 2014

One of the biggest trends I’m noticing in entrepreneurship right now focuses on access. Innovators are taking what was once costly, time-intensive, or otherwise beyond reach and efficiently offering it to consumers. Whether it’s learning new skills, inspiring a new interest, or tapping into formerly cost-prohibitive markets, entrepreneurs are finding new ways to bring the unique and specialized to a more mainstream market. We started to see this with collaborative consumption business models and I predict we’ll continue to see an influx of ‘access-based’ business models in the year ...

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make 2014 A Year Of Action

Last week, I had the pleasure of teaching a class about business branding to the students of the Girlfriend MBA, an innovative online business program for women entrepreneurs. (My segment came the week after Seth Godin’s– no small act to follow!). The Girlfriend MBA was started by Erin Moran McCormick, author of the Year of Action and a long-time teacher, advisor and supporter of entrepreneurs—most recently as the Director of Curriculum and Innovation at Babson College. In other words, Erin knows what it takes to bring an idea to life. She started the Girlfriend MBA because she saw a huge ...