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Posts tagged entrepreneurship

Dec 15

46th out of 50

Ugh. This is no surprise if you’re self employed or a small business owner in Hawai’i:

Hawaii ranks among the bottom 5 states in the U.S. in terms of policies and costs [adversely] affecting small business and entrepreneurship.

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, in its 18th annual state policy ranking, put Hawaii at No. 46 among the 50 states, with only New York, Vermont, New Jersey and California ranking lower.

The report ranks states according to 47 policy measurements including tax, regulatory and government spending factors and gives each a score.

The top 5 states were

  1. South Dakota
  2. Nevada
  3. Texas
  4. Wyoming
  5. Florida

via The Honolulu Star Advertiser, 12-13-13

It has been this way for far too long.

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Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

A 9 year old boy - who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto part store - is about to have the best day of his life.

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Directed by Nirvan


A 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store is about to have the best day of his life.


This is fantastic. My faith in humanity is restored. — Tanya

Oct 7
“The more important change from big business to new business is conceptual. We need new conceptual categories to deal with the new turn toward entrepreneurship. Zuckerberg, Hurley, Fake, Chase, Stone, Jobs—why and how and where they innovate require entirely different categories of design thinking, if you will, than we’ve used before. We need to learn much more about leadership and the roles of charisma and calling, and the transformation of inspiration into execution. Entrepreneurs are a lot like religious prophets—they embody their following, they “know” their tacit dreams and longings, and they express them. It’s no accident that The Economist put Jobs on its cover with a halo around his head while he held the newly launched iPad as a “tablet.””

Bruce Nussbaum: Designers Are The New Drivers Of American Entrepreneurialism | Co. Design

In addition to conceptual thinking:

Another critical concept is framing. One key to entrepreneurs’ success is that they frame things differently, they connect existing dots in unique ways. The two guys who started Method, for example, frame-changed the market for sustainable cleaning products from a “suffering-is-good-for-you” space to a “cool-design-that’s-good-for-the-planet” space.

We also need to know a lot more about “meaning,” not just the data gathered by ethnography but knowledge that takes us much deeper into understanding culture. We need to know more about shared spectacle and why we crave it, and how honing craft and skill to near perfection can enable you to make and do the unique—which is what entrepreneurs do.

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