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Change Accelerants – Japan style slow growth

Localization is very likely to be the dominant macro-economic trend, however, placing a close second and underpinning what should necessitate a significant paradigm shift in economic policy development is Japan style slow growth for at least the next decade. The days of G8 GDP growth in excess of 2% will not return within the next decade in my humble opinion. Government policy to facilitate economic development in a growth economy will not work in a slow growth economy.   The best term I have heard to describe the latter part of the industrial revolution is the “TV Industrial Complex”...

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New Industrial Revolution – Localization

I am currently checking out Chris Andersons new book “Makers: The new industrial revolution” and finding he has many similar views to myself on the trajectory of the world’s economy.  Back in August of 2008 (prior to the onset of the Great Recession)  I wrote a series of blog post on The forces of economic change in the world today; Business Model Migration, Life Cycle versus Long tail and Rise of the micro-multinational. IMHO these trends continue to be pervasive in the world today and account for likely 80% of the global economic momentum. These forces of change; business...

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The Global Economy – Change Accelerants

Where in the world is the economy going? Much depends on where you are looking.   There is little doubt that the global economy is in a time of great transition and uncertainty. The key macro-economic factors affecting the world today IMHO are: New Industrial Revolution Japan Style slow growth for the G7 Impending US and Euro financial crisis Social Geo-political destabilization Arab Spring Syria Iran -Ian...

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Time Persistence

What are the key ingredients for entrepreneurial success; the “A” team, VC funding, killer app, luck or maybe something else? I’d like to speculate that the three key ingredients for success (lets define success shortly too) in business are time, money and persistence. Success is defined as getting your business to cash flow positive in two years while boot strapping your company. Cash flow positive in the first two years is perhaps a much loftier goal than it first appears. For arguments sake you would likely need one years’ worth of operating income to bootstrap a business in two...

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Students and Start-ups 14

We are excited to announce that another series of Students and Start-ups events will be taking place at TheCodeFactory this fall! Students and Start-ups 14 will be a Software Edition, and will take place on Monday, November 05, 2012, from 6pm to 8pm at TheCodeFactory. There are a limited number of spots available, so if you’re a software student and you’re interested, don’t hesitate to sign up! ​For those of you that may not have heard of Students and Start-ups until now, here’s a quick background: Students and Start-ups aims to connect students who are searching for relevant and meaningful employment with start-ups who...

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Moments

Everyone has certain moments that stand out as milestones in the journey that is their lives. These moments are often significant life events like a wedding, birth, graduation or death of a loved one. Joyous or painful these moments leave an indelible impression on your psyche. The inspiration for the picture in this post comes from my friend Kate who had an art show on window panes. Rarely do people take the time to look at or notice the window pane they are looking through. They are either focused on the field in the distance or the room behind....

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First World Perspective

True story. I went to retrieve my car key from the parking lot attendant yesterday. As I reached to get my key he said to me; “if you won $25,000,000 what would be the first thing you thought of?” Almost immediately I said “pay off my debt” what next he asked “travel” I said … why do you ask? Apparently his first cousin in Atlanta won $25,000,000 in the lottery. Both he and his cousin are from a small village in North East Africa. There is no water in their village and they have to walk a day and...

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