4 key lessons learned from a four year experience of launching, and leading a new, first of its kind, startup accelerator.

4 Lessons Learned from a New Startup Accelerator

One might ask if we really need yet another startup accelerator? Don’t we already have enough? Indeed, these days it seems that in every country and major city there are many startup accelerator programs that are available to aspiring entrepreneurs. And yet, those programs tend to be generic by nature, purpose and content. Therefore, they […]

Entrepreneurs and investors. I see it as a long-term partnership. And like any valuable relationship, it needs to be based on the right foundations.

Entrepreneurs and Investors: This Could Be the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

It’s no secret that many entrepreneurs and VCs have a love-hate relationship. Neither one cannot do without the other. And yet, each one resents their dependence on the other. I have a very different point of view on this relationship. I see it as a long-term partnership. And like any valuable and worthwhile relationship, this […]

Reaching your target customers. This post presents 3 steps for reaching your target customers or audience to proliferate your new product, or idea.

3 Steps to Reaching Your Target Customers

I recently saw an inspirational TED talk by Sunjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, who is an educator and a social entrepreneur. He started what he calls the barefoot movement in India. It was later spread to other parts of the world including Afghanistan and Africa.   His primary idea was to create colleges for the poor in […]

When Should You Start Your Start-up? When is the right time to turn what has up till now been a side project into your main career and life focus?

When Should You Start Your Start-up?

One of the most common dilemmas of first-time entrepreneurs is when should they make the critical move and start their new ventures. When is the right time to take the plunge? When is it time to turn what has up till now been a side project into your main focus in life? I’ve recently been […]

The living bridge -- A lesson in entrepreneurship. 4 important lessons for entrepreneurs who really want to make a difference in this world.

The Living Bridge – A Lesson in Entrepreneurship

I recently saw a wonderful and inspiring video clip about The Living Bridge of Cherrapunji, a small a town in Meghalaya state of India. It captures amazing scenery and a captivating human story. And yet, I think it also provides a great lesson in entrepreneurship. I believe that entrepreneurs, who really want to make a difference […]

Business plan lessons learned. This post discusses the purpose and value of a business plan, and the key questions that should be addressed in the plan.

Business Plan Lessons Learned – Part 2

In part one of this post I discussed the purpose and value of a business plan. I also listed the key questions that should be addressed in the plan.   I also suggested that while your business model is a very important part of your plan, revenue projections or financial statements (income statement, cash flow statement, […]

Business plan lessons learned. This post discusses the purpose and value of a business plan, and the key questions that should be addressed in the plan.

Business Plan Lessons Learned – Part 1

In the course of my work with entrepreneurs and start-up teams I’m often asked about business plans. Do we really need one? What are the main topics? Should we do a detailed 30-page version, or is a PowerPoint presentation good enough? Even though many books, articles, and blogs have been written about business plans, I […]

Social entrepreneurship at its best. How ca we encourage and assist social entrepreneurs to develop and launch successful ventures

Social Entrepreneurship at its Best

This is a story about social entrepreneurship at its best. A true social startup.   My two and a half year old daughter attends the therapeutic daycare at Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana, Israel.   Beit Issie Shaprio’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families. The organization has […]

All you need is love. There are only three sources of great passion that I know of. You either have to love what you do, love who you do it for, or both.

All You Need is Love

It’s been said: choose a job that you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.   This applies to everyone, and in particular to entrepreneurs. I truly believe that there is no point of starting your own company or business, unless you’re pursuing your passion.   Starting your own company […]

3 key questions for a new start-up. Startups need to address these questions prior to raising money, or starting customer and product development efforts.

3 Key Questions for a New Start-up

When I work with entrepreneurs on developing their ideas, and starting their new ventures, I always start off with three main questions (and several other follow-on questions). Question 1: What problem or need are you trying to solve? First, a good idea must address a real problem or a need that people (or businesses) have. In […]