Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rise of the entrepreneur.

From: http://books.google.com/ngrams

Management Science

I remember the late 60s and early 70s when there was talk of "management science" sparked by Fredrick Taylor and his concept of the "one best way."

We've learned that is just not how humans do well.

So why is it that those involved in business startup seem to be thinking of the one best way to start a business? Understandable for the government to think that way with the Small Business Administration.

But why others? Seems like everyone from university programs on entrepreneurship to local chamber of commerce programs all talk about doing market research, writing a convincing business plan, finding investors, although almost no small business actually gets off the ground using those tools.

That's why I say I'm a recovering MBA, much of what I learned in graduate business school has had to be overcome to be helpful to people who want to start something new.

Want to talk with me about this? Post a comment here, watch The Startup Show Friday mornings, or when you are in Denver let's get together at the Denver IDEA Cafe Praxis. For more see http://www.SmallBizChamber.org 

If you did formal market research and formal planning before your first sale, I'd very much like to talk with you. I've been talking with people who have started successful businesses for over 20 years, you'll be the first I've met that did it that SBA-way.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


An Episcopal priest Bruce Youngquist became a good friend. He taught me many thing, maybe the most important had to do with today's gospel, the feeding of the 5,000. 

An interesting commentary is on http://GiveUsThisDay.org 

I responded with a comment on the author's website http://NotStrictlySpiritual.org 

Is the feeding of the world every day any less of a miracle? 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Today! The Startup Show

Me and old college friend Karl Rove.
This morning and each Friday, right here at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time,

It's The Startup Show! 

Mark your calendar and come back here at 10 a.m. this morning, or watch here anytime after that via recording.

This week I'll talk about the new WrenCollege.org for Adult Self-Directed Learning and the faculty we are recruiting for it.

I also share with you about the new learning group patterned after Ben Franklin's original group that I'm forming now, why it will probably be the last one that I personally organize and facilitate, and why I'm buying dinner for everyone who comes to our first meeting.

Here's today's show:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Startup Show

Right here on each Friday at 10 a.m. or any time after that via the recording. Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. each Friday, John Wren's The Startup Show on www.JohnWren.com

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