Getting investors to give money to a fledgling social venture isn’t easy, InVenture’s CEO learns in this episode about this year’s Unreasonable Institute. You have to be willing to be more vulnerable and flexible than you want to be.
At the big RIO+20 conference, world leaders will talk about how to solve issues caused by global poverty. But the real solutions lie in the hands of business leaders who can find a way to tap into the enormous market.
China's production of lower and lower cost solar panels is destroying the American solar industry (think Solyndra). But instead of trying to artificially stop that decline, we should focus on becoming solar innovators.
From Roman aqueducts to Chinese rail, enormous infrastructure has the potential to transform a society. To fix these economic doldrums, the government should partner with the private sector to solve society's problems.
The local food movement in America is gaining steam. The question is whether can it attract sufficient capital from the private sector to build large, profitable businesses. Without that, it's just a fad.
It’s not that America has lost its ability to innovate. The problem is that the smartest entrepreneurs of our time are making iPhone apps instead of creating important businesses that drive growth and jobs.