No Startup Hipsters
How many times have your heard someone speak of an idea and never build it?
How many inspired entrepreneurs have you supported for the venture to result in failure and frustration?
Why is everyone in a rush to build the next big thing without thinking if what they are building is even actually needed?
Read No Startup Hipsters to build scalable tech companies that solve real problems. More
The innovation ecosystem around the world is getting clogged up. Looking around us, there are numerous problems like polluted cities, obesity, health care, access to education, water supply and the list goes on. Sadly, much of the technology being built even in leading startup ecosystems around the world is short-sighted and focused on quick profitability rather than solving problems that millions face on a daily basis.
This book is a call to return to basics and focus on innovation around actual problems that the normal person faces in his life around the world. We present a systematic approach to building early stage technology companies. We provide a collection of experiential decision frameworks that draw their academic credentials from design thinking, operational research, business strategy and microeconomics. We do not believe in generic advice. We enable entrepreneurs to figure out the strategies and tactics that would work for them in their local context for the specific problem that they are trying to solve. Subsequently, we outline more strategic information on understanding the suitability of the business model to the local innovation ecosystem and ways to scale with finance. We conclude the book with philosophical thoughts on our observations of the role of the entrepreneur in our economic system and the motivations of building a technology startup.
About the Authors:
Samir Rath is an entrepreneur and angel investor working with entrepreneurs at different stages of company building. He was instrumental in setting up the Asian operations of one of the most prominent financial trading firms in the world. He is also an associate partner in Acumen Fund, a non-profit private equity fund based in New York, which is redefining the way capitalism can be harnessed to address bottom-of-the-pyramid problems. @samir_rath
Teodora Georgieva is a mentor working with entrepreneurs globally for the last three years with a focus on improving decision making processes. Previously, she worked in technology transfer for almost a decade supporting commercialization efforts of inventors and smaller technology companies of Bulgaria. She also created technology commercialization opportunities through the largest European Commission supported network for small and medium enterprises.
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