What really motivates us in the workplace

Another great animated talk by Dan Pink looking at what motivates us in the workplace (thanks Scott Delap for brining  it to our attention)

- Money is important but only to the point I am not worrying about it

- 3 factors lead to better performance.  Autonomy, mastery and purpose

- Transcended companies serve a greater purpose than only making money

Start Up Missouri Connecting Entrepreneurs Across the State

Start Up Missouri is an effort being organized by a group of entrepreneurs and organizations supporting entrepreneurs from across the State.  The project leverages the infrastructure and resources of the Start Up America Partnership, a national effort to connect entrepreneurs to valuable resources, each other and create regional start-up ecosystems around the country.

The kick-off event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 31 at 611 Olive St. in downtown St. Louis and interested entrepreneurs can sign up at the Eventbrite page.  The agenda will focus on connecting entrepreneurs, sharing ideas how we can support entrepreneurs and developing goals for Start Up Missouri.

The event’s hosts include Barbara Brinkman of Innovate St. LouisJay DeLong of St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association; Chris Dornfeld of Dornfeld Management GroupTrey Goede of Affinity WindGreg Kratofil of Polsinelli Shughart, PCBrian Matthews of River City Internet Group and Judy Sindecuse of Capital Innovators.

Should be a great event and I hope you can join!

Plan to Turn Around the Economy from the Kauffman Foundation

Thanks to our friends and the Kauffman Foundation for posting a great summary of the importance of entrepreneurs to the recovery of our economy and overall future of our country.

Link to this and other videos from the Kauffman Foundation

Entrepreneurs Create Jobs, Not the Wealthy

Guest blogger today for Patch:

Driving home today I was listening to the radio and yet another discussion of the politics of the debt ceiling and financial challenges facing our country.  On more than one occasion I heard the comment “wealthy people create jobs” as an argument to against increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

The tax policy debate aside, the statement is just wrong.  Entrepreneurs create jobs, not the wealthy.

Read the entire post here.

83% of Startups Hiring in 2011

Silicon Valley Bank recently published “Startup Outlook 2011” with results from 375 interviews of private and VC backed hardware, software and clean-tech companies.  Across the board the startup companies are reporting better results than in the past with increases in expected hiring, economic perception, profitability and overall growth.

Startup Outlook on Business Conditions from SVB

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Golden Triangle of Search

One of my favorite graphics is the result of a study done by Enquiro Research that tracks the eyeball movement of people as they used an Internet browser.  Clearly shows the impact of the top three search results and the obscurity of not showing up in the top five results.

Image showing density of eye tracking as users search through a typical search page on Google.

US Broadband and the Death of the Land Line Internet Connection?

According to research from the OECD, the US continues to see growth in broadband connections and is the largest in terms of total accounts at around 81 million connections at the end of 2009.  But when the same data is reviewed based on connections as a percentage of population the US drops to 15th.  One article published on Gigaom.com looks raises some concerns about the type of connections and pace of growth.

Graph comparing US broadband penetration to rest of OECD countries

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Learning from Gaming

There is an interesting article published yesterday in the Harvard Business Review that takes a look at the idea of increasing the use of games in the classroom.  This is not surprising given the continue growth in the game industry and as a larger percentage of the population has grown up with technology, the percentage of people playing games is impressive.  So how many people are actually playing games?  Can games be an effective education resource?  How can games be used most effectively in education? Read more of this post

Don’t Lose Your Good Ideas

I met with a good friend this week over a glass of wine who is thinking about starting a new company.  The idea she has is pretty compelling, takes advantage of some larger macro trends and could really be big.   It was clear from our discussion that she had dozens of cool ideas that tied into the big idea.  I suggested she write down those other ideas on a piece of paper and pin them up on the wall someplace.  And the next day I received the following snapshot:

Creating an idea board (I just have a bunch of stuff on a wall with tape) or a place to keep those great big ideas is important for three reasons. Read more of this post

America’s Competitive Advantage

As an advocate for entrepreneurship, in late 2005 I was asked by a friend to write an article about my thoughts on entrepreneurship and immigration policy.  Researching that article I cam across some very interesting statistics on the productivity of foreign-born entrepreneurs, the United States dependence on foreign minds and the most surprising, that during the dot.com 1990s, more than 50% of start-up companies in silicon valley were started by foreign-born nationals.  In a nutshell, America’s competitive advantage is its ability to attract foreign entrepreneurs and innovators.

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