Tag: business plan

Start-up companies often retool

GUEST MENTOR Michele Serro, founder and CEO of Doorsteps: If there was ever a cliche about entrepreneurialism, it’s this: Joe or Jane McEntrepreneur were trying to book a flight/find flattering support garments/rent a car and were profoundly dissatisfied with the…

Running the numbers

Over the last 30 years I have found it useful to constantly and obsessively “Run the Numbers” when I look at any business opportunity. I try to do this in a way that quickly strikes to the heart of any…

Start-up’s journey to capital

By Professor Arun Sangwan, Alliance University School of Business To be a successful startup takes more than just an idea. The budding entrepreneurs often believe that success is all about the ‘best’ cookies, apparel or carwash. Such myths can wreck…

Get started with cash flow management

The saying rings true: Turnover is vanity, profit is reality, cash flow is sanity. The importance of cash flow management in business. With looming deadlines, urgent customers, growing priorities and narrowing margins robbing you of your sleep at night, I know how far down ‘proper’ financial management is on your list of things to do. […]

Investments with low margin and high social return

  Photo credit: Utente Elitre Impact capital plays different roles in different scenarios, depending on whether it’s directed to early-stage, high-risk investments, more mature companies, or organizations that will likely need ongoing concessional support. In the first two scenarios, capital from impact…

The Best and the Brightest

Since its inception a few years ago, the Unreasonable Institute has diligently encouraged ground-breaking and even disruptive business models as a means of finding solutions to poverty around the globe. With its ‘class of 2013,’ UI has learned from its…