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Why Do We Take Risks?

Risk is an integral part of being an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist.  A friend said that I take too many risks and it led me to wondering why do we take risks?  I am not going to focus on whether risk is inherently good or bad but why we take...

Creativity in Business

Creativity is usually not  much of a requirement in big corporations – they have systems to squash that!  However it is critical in startups especially at the outset.  Creativity is not just painting pictures or playing music or writing poetry...

Funding Support for Women

Recently at the end of a long trek attempting to pitch for funding, I discovered an organisation that supports funding & mentors women, Astia.  I am only sorry that it was so late in my journey that I discovered them.  In UK & Ireland, I...

Best Hosting Company

I have used a few hosting companies both in Europe & the US and I have finally found the Best Hosting Company in the World: TigerTech! I originally used a UK company for my dedicated server years ago and their help service was lousy. In fact...

Mergers & Acquisitions

This is a guest post by Ellen Longo of Astro4Business Intersections: Business Success through Astrology Recently I came across a report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) about opportunities for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in a downturn...

Are Women Smarter than Men?

There have been a few posts on the net this week about women entrepreneurs prompted from a New York Times article ‘Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley’ (Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley) by Claire Cain Miller which spoke about a woman...

Absolute Power Online

I was astounded to read a post on GoRumors yesterday which outraged me ‘Google To Patent Online Promotions Via Status Messages’ by Anand Srinivasan: Websites asking new users to “spread the word” by logging into their email accounts is...

Fun in Business?

Here’s a video that is most disturbing – fun/games gone to the extreme in the future? I have a indomitable spirit of Fun (ask my kids who I tend to embarrass & my friends who usually love it) & will always try to encourage that...

The Startup Visa is Important

When I first went to Ireland, I worked hard on a business plan & got a business visa for many years through the Justice Department.  It was a long process but it was doable.  I had been trying to get funding for an online matchmaking business in...

Gal lost in Technology

I came to the technology world late in life but it has not diluted my passion for it.  I had a thriving coaching business in Dublin, Ireland after getting a business visa for many years through my business plan.  I worked hard to keep the...

Ethics for Entrepreneurs

All the big business collapses over the last few years have exposed the lack of moral code & ethics in a lot of corporations, not to mention very unsatisfactory business models.  It appears that business needs a core of ethics & integrity to...

Online Revenue Business Models

There have been a few conversations on the net this past week about advertising and ad blocking.  Many people have been complaining that ad blocking is hurting good sites who depend on advertising revenue.  Ars Technica posted an article ‘Why...