How old is too old to start a business? Being in your mid 30s qualifies you as a late bloomer? Is it better to be an early achiever or a late bloomer? That’s the same as asking if it is better to start Facebook at 19 or IBM at 61? For the world at large it does not matter. Perhaps Facebook could never happen if IBM did not exist. Life goes on longer than you may think it does. Most people don’t achieve “success” e.g. financial, career, social stability until their 30’s. Until then you really don’t even know who you are or what you truly value from life.
Entrepreneurship isn’t just about selling things; it’s about finding innovative ways to improve people’s lives. New generation of entrepreneurs are using approaches from the commercial world and employing technology to tackle social and environmental problems. Responsible entrepreneurs are those who grow businesses, ensuring stakeholder success and are conscious of how they do business ethically. They are the people who bring new business ideas and fulfill the promise of entrepreneurship by contributing towards creation of a better world.
Do you ever wonder what it takes to build a company from scratch into a successful venture in a male dominated society? Well, there are probably few women entrepreneurs who have done it. One of them is Bindu Sharma of MSMBox.com and her story is one of intrigue and interest. As a woman, one of the greatest feelings of accomplishment is being your own boss and seeing something which you’ve created and nurtured come to fruition. Bindu Sharma’s in-depth understanding of the retail market has helped her provide advisory services to many established brands to put them on the road…
If funding is the fuel to a start-up, then fill your tank enough for the start-up to take off and ensure that it doesn’t crash. Keep in mind though, that several rounds of refueling may be required at different stages in the timeline of a start-up to keep it afloat. Clarity on the requirement and allocation of funds at each stage is imperative. For the number of start-ups that fail due to lack of funds, an equal number of start-ups fail due to over-abundance of those very funds.
Those who believe that start-ups are destined for rapid growth, acknowledge that scalability is the key. Therein lies the difference between a start-up and a business. A start-up is essentially an idea that can quickly be turned into a profitable company. Small businesses which simply do not have a vision or a growth plan to scale can never be termed as start-ups for the same reason. These businesses, although self-sustaining and at times huge in nature, are small in terms of design and therefore deemed non investable. Most investors put their money into ideas and businesses which can be scaled and most start-ups strive for a scalable and high growth business model.
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