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 […]

sometimes It is good to be down. down periods can be great opportunities for learning, improving, and creating the next up period.

It is Good to be Down

As we’ve all come to know, life is a series of ups and downs. We all strive to have more ups than downs; make the ups last longer and the downs as short as possible.   When we’re up our confidence is high, we’re happy, satisfied, and our overall outlook on life is very positive. Conversely, when we’re […]

Four useful tips on how to receive negative feedback. We should develop the important skill of active listening, and learn how to receive negative feedback.

How to Receive Negative Feedback

Most entrepreneurs hear more “No’s” than “Yes”. In particular, first time entrepreneurs in the early stages of their start-up venture. This is especially true if your idea is of the “brave new world” type, versus “the better mouse trap” kind. Naturally, most people find it hard to comprehend breakthrough, visionary ideas, or disruptive business models. Even if it’s […]

The DNA of Innovative Companies. This post discusses the key elements that are critical for creating an environment of innovation.

The DNA of Innovative Companies

I recently read a great article called the ‘The Innovator’s DNA’, written by Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen.   The article presents the findings and conclusions from a six-year study in which the authors looked into what habits and skills distinguish the most innovative entrepreneurs from other executives. These successful […]

The learning pyramid. In essence, we learn better from actual experience and practice. We retain much less when we’re lectured by a teacher or a colleague.

The Learning Pyramid

In one of my previous posts I wrote about the need to become constant learners, and learning organizations, in order to remain relevant and increase our value. In this post I would like to introduce the concept of the The Learning Pyramid.   The concept is fairly simple and intuitive. We’ve all experienced it ourselves, […]

How to become a learning organization. Companies need to become learning organizations. Knowledge is the most critical competitive resource that they have.

How to Become a Learning Organization

As the famous saying goes: change is the only constant thing in our lives. Indeed, the rate of change has accelerated almost in every aspect of our lives. This includes climate, technology, economic, as well as political and social changes. The Half-Life of Knowledge One important effect of this rapid rate of change is the shrinking […]