Design Thinking: Refresh Your Business Model and Insert Creativity into Your Routine

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

With design thinking, “you use creativity and imagination to think outside the box and solve large-scale issues,” he says. Design thinking may inspire a teacher to present the same information through more creative means, such as a class game that quizzes students. Creativity is key!

How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

Both Sides of the Table

Creativity. So I thought I’d write a post about how I drive my personal creativity. (A As a practitioner of creativity rather than as an instructor of it I’m certain that there are many ways to get the creative juices flowing and how to release more creativity.

Thinking About Berlin: Unleashing a Creative Opportunity

This is going to be BIG.

There are a ton of fantastically creative people here. You have amazing creative talent and ridiculously sharp entrepreneurs--let 'em go on some crazy ideas that teach us what the future of technology in our lives will be.

Bias Against Creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

In Bias Against Creativity , a team of researchers at Cornell discuss the bias against creativity they revealed in their study. It raises the question of how to evaluate creative ideas and how to engender internal incentives to support creativity. From the Cornell paper: People often reject creative ideas even when espousing creativity as a desired goal. Theoretically we all support the notion of creative ideas.

The Creativity of Entrepreneurship: Community Leader Spotlight with João Marinelli


To João, the truly amazing thing about entrepreneurship is the way that it gives life to people’s creativity, and helps them use their creativity to change the world. “I He’s currently working for Darwin Startups, a Brazilian accelerator—named the best accelerator in Brazil by Associação Brasileira de Startups—where he has “freedom to use my creativity and entrepreneurship to develop new products or approaches.”. “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

And don’t forget creative fund raising.


These are just some of the ways to creatively raise funds without offering equity or taking on new debt. Since some entrepreneurs are completely adverse to sharing equity, and some greatly fear taking on any form of debt, creative fund-raising is certainly worth considering.

Want to get in front of a VC? Be a little creative--human even.

This is going to be BIG.

Given that, the lack of creativity and ingenuity around reaching an investor really astounds me. There are a lot of ways to reach investors by being a little more creative--without being creepy. That's not to say you should follow me home and stand outside my house, but being a little bit creative about how to reach someone goes a long way. Since I launched my fund , I've gotten around 50 offers to work with me. For some reason, everyone wants to be a VC.

The tension between predictability and creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

I think every startup, company and business must maintain tension between creative chaos and a drive toward predictive performance. In every one of my conversations with Peter Lehrman, founder of AxialMarket, he always speaks about AxialMarket as “the business.” Never the company, the startup or any other word.

These Music Innovators Are Shredding The Industry's Obsession With The Past

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

Gamechanger Audio wants to build tech and tools that fuel musicians' creativity. Real Entrepreneurs

Funding Friday: Break Kickstarter

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

But there are many more super interesting and creative campaigns. Last month our portfolio company Kickstarter invited project creators to “ break conventions, but not our rules ” and create campaigns that were different from the traditional Kickstarter campaign. There are 99 “break Kickstarter” campaigns live on the platform now and I featured one of them last week. I backed a bunch of them this week and thought I’d showcase them to all of you today.

5 Reasons Corporations Seek Startups for an Innovation Infusion

UBI Global

A Question of Innovation… Corporations may recognize that they could use a good dose of innovation, and some seek startups as a shortcut to creative thinking.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Find creative ways to assess potential recruits. By Miranda Naiman, accidental entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of the EO Tanzania chapter and founder of Empower Limited , a Tanzanian human capital consultancy firm.

Five Years of Transformation

Co Starters

What we now call CO.STARTERS began in 2008 as a grassroots effort supporting local creative entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

Online marketing teams are accustomed to throwing creative things at the wall, with new technology and platforms, because that’s the day-to-day reality of their job. We all know that startups should make decisions quickly.

Follow Your Curiosity and Success Will Follow

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In the theatre I earned an MBA from the school of life—learning first hand about human psychology, leadership, management, recruiting, talent development, creativity, budgets, negotiations, raising capital, hustling, marketing, pitching, contracts, politics, fraud and betrayal.

Faculty Spotlight: Marc Facciotti from the University of California-Davis

Venture Well

Marc Facciotti from the University of California-Davis a strong advocate for creative work that is initiated by students or that is student-directed.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

Co Starters

The first ever CO.STARTERS pop-up book—a long-time idea of our Creative team—also made its debut at our Science Fair booth, bringing together our models and frameworks for ecosystem building in the form of a touchable, tangible story.

How a Fashion Brand in Honduras Is Preserving the Country’s Traditional Culture

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

I wanted to provide her with the tools and resources she needed to express her creativity and to provide for her family.”. He is also the creative director of Oneblis, a digital marketing agency.

How to Build Authentic Customer Relationships That Spark Innovation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When you establish authentic channels for two-way dialogue with your customers, you’ll discover a pipeline for fresh, creative ideas. Written for EO by Jason McCann , a lifelong entrepreneur and experienced founder.

2 Reasons Why Forums Are Important for the Mental Health of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

So, it’s natural that many of us keep everything locked away inside our own heads—leaving a fight between right and left hemispheres, pre-frontal cortex vs. amygdala, feelings vs. data, money vs. emotions, practical vs. creative, risk vs. guarantee, change vs. constant and the list could go on.

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No Limits: Looking Back with GSEA Finalist Carlos Rivas

Entrepreneurs' Organization

I continue at Kadevjo Studio in El Salvador as its creative director. Carlos Rivas was a student in El Salvador when he competed in the 2012 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, he traveled to New York City to take part in the Global Finals.

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T.A. McCann on how sailing in the America’s Cup is like running a startup


Aligning creativity with process: T.A.: Greg [Gottesman, Co-founder of PSL] is so creative. So it’s amazing to have creative people like Greg, and it’s amazing, especially in our world here at PSL, to have lots and lots of ideas. And so we have tension between creativity, lots and lots of new ideas, and productivity or structure by which to evaluate those ideas, know which ones to try, which ones to explore and and which ones to just put on the back burner.

Techstars Includes Diverse LEADers: Camilla Olson, Fashioning Body-Positive Beauty


Creative processes. Techstars Includes Diverse LEADers is our series highlighting diverse members of the Techstars Network.

Building Your Brand: Lessons from SXSW 2019

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

In contrast, Apple has developed a brand associated with modern style and luxury that allow creative individuals to turn their ideas into a reality. Innovation and creativity often generate “buzz” that can be an effective way to get people talking about your brand.

Impact Hub Bergen: Where History Meets Innovation

Impact Hub

Silje had a vision for a space that would invite interactions between unlikely allies in the name of creativity and innovation. The community here is diverse; it houses startups, established businesses, NGOs, creatives, freelancers, food entrepreneurs and more.

Before Ever Applying to an Accelerator, Here’s What You Need to Know


Cover all the roles—Creative, Hacker, Hustler, Hero. There are 115 accelerators spread across 160 cities in the GAN Community. Their breadth, impact, and results are amazing. In 2018 alone, more than 35,000 startups applied for just 1,344 spots at those accelerators. So, this past week, I asked leaders at GAN programs one simple question: Before applying to your accelerator, what would you tell startups they need to do to prepare for your program? Here’s What They Said.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

This year’s contest challenged tech-entrepreneurs located in Northwest PA, to develop new “game-changing” products, processes, or techniques in creative spaces.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

This year’s contest challenged tech-entrepreneurs located in Northwest PA, to develop new “game-changing” products, processes, or techniques in creative spaces.

The Amazon Shadow Economy


We’ve already seen Amazon attempt to meet its logistics needs with its own creative solutions. The news that Blackstone purchased nearly $18B of warehouse real estate reflects a trend that I think is just now coming into full view: the Amazon shadow economy.

World After Capital: Freedom to Create


As adults we self-censor, inhibiting the natural creativity we enjoyed as children. We’ve been told that we aren’t creative or we’ve seen people reject or mock work we have created. The educational system, with its focus on preparing for standardized tests, further squelches our creative impulses. Eventually, we come to believe that creativity is something that other people do, not us.

10 Key Buildings in the Brooklyn Innovation Community

This is going to be BIG.

Not only did I want it to include people working on the future of digital media at ABC, but I also had in mind the roll that other types of creative people have in the inspiration of a city.

How much time do you spend “outside the box?”


Creative entrepreneurs find niches for their business that are not full of competitors fighting over the last dollar of margin, or niches that are mature and shrinking in size. Even creative entrepreneurs are often trapped inside the box of their experience.

Happy International Women’s Day!


Creative Blueprint. We will keep this short and sweet but we wanted to. give a shout out to some of the awesome ladies in the industry. that inspire and motivate us. We couldn’t possibly post them all but wanted to acknowledge this important day. On average, women are paid 20% less than men.

Becoming the Partner of Choice for Startups


Push us to be better, to approach problems creatively and challenge our preconceived notions. By Ted Stuckey, Managing Director of QBE Ventures. For the past year, we’ve been promoting—both internally and externally—the concept of QBE becoming the “partner of choice” for startups. We’ve been inspired by the work that companies like Barclays and Stanley Black & Decker have put into their partnerships with Techstars.

Putting Microlending into Practice: A Community Case Study

Co Starters

Create Birmingham is a nonprofit economic development agency focused exclusively on creative industries in Birmingham, Alabama. By Rich Bailey. Many small businesses believe that bank loans aren’t a viable financing option for them.

The Business of Who Makes is Changing

This is going to be BIG.

The other day I had a conversation with a friend about Vine and Instagram--and the sheer amount of creativity they''ve unleashed. something that many creatives feel about technology, that for all it has given us is has also robbed us of expressiveness and the ease of making. He aims to bring the immediacy back with the goal of making more people more creative. ". The 1970''s was a boom for minicomputers.

The coffee and wine school of innovation.


Most innovation occurs when creative people are relaxed and thinking about other things. There are times when creativity comes under pressure. Here’s one for debate around a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

9 Ventures Forming the Future of Fashion

Impact Hub

She writes across a range of disciplines but always with an eye on sustainability, creativity and equality. Over 80 million* people are employed globally in the fashion industry, and yet many of them are at risk of exploitation and unsafe working conditions.

Hire for talent. Rent for experience.


He interviews for adaptability, creativity, intelligence, drive, and a cultural fit. He believes that the core of his company is the creative process, and therefore that must be his focus. And he concentrates on the management of creativity, the core of his business.

Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control

David Teten - VC

A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. Of course, there are also creative companies that find a way to bend the models themselves. Does the traditional VC financing model make sense for all companies? Absolutely not. VC Josh Kopelman makes the analogy of jet fuel vs. motorcycle fuel.

How One Woman Is Giving Every Child The Right To Play

Impact Hub

After conducting a lot of research, Gozde brought together an interdisciplinary group of 40 volunteers including designers, teachers and psychologists, to design toys that supported children’s cognitive development, creativity and productivity.

Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia

Co Starters

This past decade, a renaissance of creativity, adventure, and local pride has taken hold of Wheeling. They think they have businesses ideas, but that entrepreneurs are techy people who have creative startup ideas—words they don’t associate themselves with.

People Ops Question: How do we compete for talent in such a competitive market?


You need to get creative and quite frankly be a little scrappy to compete in your market. By Sabrina Kelly, Techstars Vice President of Talent.