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Kli | 11th Jan 2008 | 創業研究 | (677 Reads)

全中... 實在講得太好了。

原文出處:Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship


This is a guest post by Scott Shane as a follow up to his entrepreneurship test. He is the A. Malachi Mixon Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of seven books, the latest of which is The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By. Many entrepreneurs believe a bunch of myths about entrepreneurship, so here are ten of the most common and the realities that bust them:

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    1. It takes a lot of money to finance a new business. Not true. The typical start-up only requires about $25,000 to get going. The successful entrepreneurs who don’t believe the myth design their businesses to work with little cash. They borrow instead of paying for things. They rent instead of buy. And they turn fixed costs into variable costs by, say, paying people commissions instead of salaries.

    2. Venture capitalists are a good place to go for start-up money. Not unless you start a computer or biotech company. Computer hardware and software, semiconductors, communication, and biotechnology account for 81 percent of all venture capital dollars, and seventy-two percent of the companies that got VC money over the past fifteen or so years. VCs only fund about 3,000 companies per year and only about one quarter of those companies are in the seed or start-up stage. In fact, the odds that a start-up company will get VC money are about one in 4,000. That’s worse than the odds that you will die from a fall in the shower.

    3. Most business angels are rich. If rich means being an accredited investor –a person with a net worth of more than $1 million or an annual income of $200,000 per year if single and $300,000 if married – then the answer is “no.” Almost three quarters of the people who provide capital to fund the start-ups of other people who are not friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family don’t meet SEC accreditation requirements. In fact, thirty-two percent have a household income of $40,000 per year or less and seventeen percent have a negative net worth.

    4. Start-ups can’t be financed with debt. Actually, debt is more common than equity. According to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Small Business Finances, fifty-three percent of the financing of companies that are two years old or younger comes from debt and only forty-seven percent comes from equity. So a lot of entrepreneurs out there are using debt rather than equity to fund their companies.

    5. Banks don’t lend money to start-ups. This is another myth. Again, the Federal Reserve data shows that banks account for sixteen percent of all the financing provided to companies that are two years old or younger. While sixteen percent might not seem that high, it is three percent higher than the amount of money provided by the next highest source – trade creditors – and is higher than a bunch of other sources that everyone talks about going to: friends and family, business angels, venture capitalists, strategic investors, and government agencies.

    6. Most entrepreneurs start businesses in attractive industries. Sadly, the opposite is true. Most entrepreneurs head right for the worst industries for start-ups. The correlation between the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses in an industry and the number of companies failing in the industry is 0.77. That means that most entrepreneurs are picking industries in which they are mostlikely to fail.

    7. The growth of a start-up depends more on an entrepreneur’s talent than on the business he chooses. Sorry to deflate some egos here, but the industry you choose to start your company has a huge effect on the odds that it will grow. Over the past twenty years or so, about 4.2 percent of all start-ups in the computer and office equipment industry made the Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. 0.005 percent of start-ups in the hotel and motel industry and 0.007 percent of start-up eating and drinking establishments made the Inc. 500. That means the odds that you will make the Inc 500 are 840 times higher if you start a computer company than if you start a hotel or motel. There is nothing anyone has discovered about the effects of entrepreneurial talent that has a similar magnitude effect on the growth of new businesses.

    8. Most entrepreneurs are successful financially. Sorry, this is another myth. Entrepreneurship creates a lot of wealth, but it is very unevenly distributed. The typical profit of an owner-managed business is $39,000 per year. Only the top ten percent of entrepreneurs earn more money than employees. And the typical entrepreneur earns less money than he otherwise would have earned working for someone else.

    9. Many start-ups achieve the sales growth projections that equity investors are looking for. Not even close. Of the 590,000 or so new businesses with at least one employee founded in this country every year, data from the U.S. Census shows that less than 200 reach the $100 million in sales in six years that venture capitalists talk about looking for. About 500 firms reach the $50 million in sales that the sophisticated angels, like the ones at Tech Coast Angels and the Band of Angels talk about. In fact, only about 9,500 companies reach $5 million in sales in that amount of time.

    10. Starting a business is easy. Actually it isn’t, and most people who begin the process of starting a company fail to get one up and running. Seven years after beginning the process of starting a business, only one-third of people have a new company with positive cash flow greater than the salary and expenses of the owner for more than three consecutive months.


Kli | 8th Jan 2008 | 一般 | (644 Reads)

Bill Gates 終於決定不再全職在Microsoft工作,轉為全職在他的慈善基金工作... 一個光輝時代,又再揭開新一頁。


Kli | 20th Nov 2007 | 一般 | (576 Reads)

Kli | 15th Nov 2007 | 一般 | (717 Reads)

老友Alpha,又名「愛花的小王子」,多年來以「舊曲新詞」馳名於Internet界,作品可謂膾炙人口,多次獲傳統媒體轉載,「網上改歌詞」的風氣,正是最先由此君掀起。其作品質素之高,往往令人拍案叫絕,但近年減產,少了高質素的「舊曲新詞」於網上流傳,改詞風氣亦漸見式微。

日前收到愛花的新作<買得太遲>,果然一貫抵死到肉!看得心花怒放,特此與各位觀眾分享:

原文出處:http://myblog.hk/pccon.php?id=140&nid=18019&s=all


Kli | 6th Nov 2007 | 一般 | (1101 Reads)

2005年中,Google一次過收購了好幾家Mobile software startup(包括Dodgeball、Reqwireless、Android等等),其中Android現已成為Google gPhone OS的設計部,並負責建立Open Handset Alliance - Symbian、Windows Phone、iPhone和gPhone四國大戰一觸即發,實在令人相當興奮。

且看Android所拍攝的gPhone OS宣傳短片,看看Google心目中的魔法手機是怎樣的吧:

 

 

 If I had a magic phone...


Kli | 6th Nov 2007 | 忽發奇想 | (919 Reads)

談moCasting 

一直以來,不少網友都以為moCasting本身是一個IT Startup,為了澄清這誤會,由今天起,本Blog決定改名為「Mobile 2.0 Startup」,所謂「2.0」,也只是貪新鮮,毋需深究(我一直都認為「2.0」不過是一個趕潮流的詞彙,沒有特定意思)。

建立 moCasting的緣起,當然第一是因為看好Podcast和Blog的潛力,加上我們本身對Mobile技術的深入了解,令我們覺得建一個一站式的 Podcast平台(mp3 hosting+ Podcast Feed自動生成),結合手機串流(如何將Podcast mp3在手機上串流我相信大家都會以為很容易,其實不然),將Podcast提升到另一曾次(不止iPod,而是所有手機),那會是一件頗為有趣的事。

說實話,做網站若不是英語為主,面向全球市場,基本上不可能會有收入,這個相信大家都會同意。

那麼為何moCasting兩年多前為甚麼又會以中文推出呢?主要原因是因為moCasting由第一天開始,主機只足夠(勉強地)滿足本地用戶。moCasting是一個概念,我們用行動實踐了這個概念 - 然後將這個概念賣出去。

moCasting在一輪宣傳後,覺實有不少想搞Blog的公司來查詢,加上我們在手機界的聯繫,不少流動增值供應商、手機代理等都希望做出如moCasting那樣的「Beyond Podcast」網站。

我們幸運地,得到一家馬來西亞上市公司(流動增值服務供應商)的合約,為他們製作出一個「moCasting」網站,該網站現在於馬來西亞、新加坡、越南、泰國、印尼等地均有推出,亦為我們帶來一筆額外收入。

為何說「額外」呢?因為moCasting並非由我們的Programmer團隊開發,而是由我們的系統管理員主力開發 - 其實我們的業務為開發手機軟件,這個可能很多moCasting網友都不知道吧。

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Kli | 11th Sep 2007 | 默默耕耘 | (938 Reads)

13個幾買入數萬元的港交所,為了公司周轉,11個幾放了。

經典中的經典。



Kli | 14th Aug 2007 | 一般 | (1066 Reads)

火狗工房,結朿前宣言 - http://firedog.hk/blog/2007/08/08/end-of-firedog/


 
 
火狗工房 - 香港ACG工業的傳奇。

香港製作電腦遊戲和動畫的公司本來已經寥寥無幾,能夠追上日本水平的更加 屈指可數,但火狗工房的製作往往令人眼前一亮,級數能比日本ACG大作。

以火狗的製作水平,若能夠成功推出online遊戲,絕對有機會轉虧為盈,但現時online game行業競爭激烈,要突圍而出非得投入大量資源在推廣宣傳不可。

我個人實在很不願看見火狗結束,希望火狗能夠盡快找到新投資者,順利推出online遊戲。

 


Kli | 9th Aug 2007 | 一般 | (1338 Reads)

留意電話上面的Orange(法國電訊)標誌,和左上角的Windows圖案,哈哈... Google Phone 不會是台Windows Mobile吧。

看來應該是HTC的Prototype,再貼上google網頁的合成相。 

 

Google Phone 亮相

Posted on August 4th, 2007 by ShineCatcher.
Categories: Google.

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美國路透社傳來了一則消息,Google Phone的傳言看來可以由此作實了。

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新聞說Google Inc 投資了數億美金到移動電話項目,而且正和美國還有歐洲的移動通訊服務商洽談合作。可能的合作伙伴包括T-Mobile,Orange,AT&T還有Verizon Wireless。

新手機據稱以Linux軟件為本,由台灣的HTC代工,計劃08年首季上市,這和DrinkaZine Blog之前講的一樣!

gPhone的詳細資料尚未公佈,但單單這個消息相信就夠Google粉絲瘋樂得睡不著覺!

繼iPhone之後,年底Microsofe可能推出ZunePhone,再加上Google的gPhone,如果你是Nokia、Motorola、SE、Samsung和LG,想必也是睡不著覺!

提供,歡迎轉載!

資料來源:Google Phone coming soon!

 



Kli | 1st Aug 2007 | 一般 | (786 Reads)
 
 
「本土行動 匯聚皇后」活動雙周原宣傳稿

正 如葉蔭聰在一篇新文章中指出:「今天這個時勢,正是曾蔭權的「去本土」大計與本土運動的一場對 決,它不是泛民與特首的爭持,而是全港進步社會文化力量要討回曾蔭權為首的政府欠下香港人的債,奪回「本土」的詮釋權,捍衛本土文化生活,以及落實屬於香 港市民的本土政經大計。」

天星行動為一場打正「本土」旗幟的運動打開了缺口。另一方面,經過天星幾日的行動,一個重視行動、相信行動力量 的網絡正慢慢成形。我們幾個誤打誤撞成了行動核心的朋友,很希望能把握住這次契機,將從世貿學回來、在天星進一步發展的行動模式繼續幹下去。於是我們想 到,給這個若隱若現的網絡一個名字──「本土行動」。本土行動將是一個鬆散的網絡,它可以透過強而有力的行動,成為一些已經有論述基礎的運動的觸發點;它 亦可以透過別開生面的行動﹝塗鴉, 劇場, 音樂﹞,為沉悶的社會議題加點生氣。

當然,「本土行動」並不是亦不能孤立地存在,卻是與地區 居民運動﹝如重建監察﹞和對抗論述場域﹝如inmedia及其他獨立媒體﹞緊密結連。今次天星行動中,核心的幾個人有很多缺失,決策及溝通過程亦出了很多 問題,最終沒有出什麼大亂子,全靠各位朋友﹝八樓、vp、戰車、社民連及個別勇士﹞即場補位。我們盼望,有了「本土行動」這個網絡,當下一次「天星」來臨 時,我們彼此能夠更好地配合,產生更大的效果。

眾所周知,擺在眼前的行動就是皇后碼頭。我們希望以此作為「本土行動」的試金石。我們初步計劃,以「本土行動匯聚皇后」為題,從十二月二十六日開始﹝圍繞着「本土」和「自主」兩個主題﹞舉行多場活動。

 

要點:「行動力量 的網絡慢慢成形」、「誤打誤撞成了核心」、「強而有力的行動」、 「產生更大的效果」、「試金石」。

結論:皇后碼頭是給人謀私的試金石。 

感想:為真正保衛皇后碼頭的人感到悲哀。 

後記:原來在皇后碼頭「塗鴉」 ,是「別開生面的行動」,更可以「成為一些已經有論述基礎的運動的觸發點」,並「為沉悶的社會議題加點生氣」(而不是令真正關心皇后碼頭的人感到生氣,或「火滾」)。



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