There are no rules in business or entrepreneurship. Anyone that tells you otherwise is either lying, has no idea what they’re talking about, or is just about to pitch you their "How to succeed in business" e-course.
It's not a bad thing to learn from those who have gone before you, but it's more a matter of applying their knowledge abstractly instead of mimicking it.
Success isn't an if/then statement and if it was, everyone would start successful businesses simply by copying the first successful person's blueprint. The only direct path to getting anywhere in business is by doing lots of (good) work, and even that doesn't guarantee anything.
Without the financial resources of private or government funds, the non-profit space has often been seen as a laggard when it comes to the adoption and creation of new technology. But as more startups launch as mission driven businesses and online activism continues to rise, we're going to see rapid advances in how tech affects the social impact space. The following is just a tiny glimpse into some of the categories you should be paying attention to, and hopefully becoming a patron of.
It's time to replace Cyber Monday with something more useful. Hurry and share this video with everybody. There is only a few weeks until the first 'Merican Monday!
The Green World Campaign mourns with the people of Kenya and the world the slaughter of the innocent. That this terrible, still-unfolding event occurred on the International Day of Peace--a day devoted to, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "teaching our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect"--is bitter, heartbreaking irony.
A couple of years ago, I was reacting to some news of factory worker suicides and I started thinking about how I could better avoid buying products made by underpaid workers working in unsafe conditions. Oh, and I guess while I was at it, how could I better know if a product had a smaller carbon footprint and was free of lead paint and whatever else I needed to watch out for.