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Entries from February 26th, 2010

Eureka Moments: Realizing How to Meet a Need

February 26th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Personal, socent

Tweet A recent article reminded me that an idea that becomes a social enterprise (or a regular start-up) is often rooted in problems that the founder has seen or experienced first-hand. Specifically, I ran across an article titled “The Vision Thing,” a profile of the social enterprise VisionSpring in Entrepreneur magazine’s March 2010 issue. In [...]

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Gift-Giving Shouldn’t Suck

February 23rd, 2010 · 7 Comments · Personal, VC, guest blog, tech

Tweet Today, I am proud to introduce to you SocentVC’s first guest blogger, Brian, who is in the initial stages of founding a start-up focused on bringing innovation to the process of gift-giving. Brian and I are friends from college, and we first began discussing potential start-up ideas in connection with conversations about the Wharton [...]

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Introducing… The Jubilee Project!

February 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Personal, socent, tech

Tweet A good buddy of mine from college, Jason, recently told me about a new pet project of his called The Jubilee Project. Its purpose is to encourage people to pursue video projects using their passions or doing something they would never otherwise do for a good cause and to help others. Given that one [...]

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Super Bowl Commercial Fail

February 9th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Personal, tech

Tweet During Sunday’s big game, the commercials were (as usual) a big focus of the night. Thankfully, the game itself wasn’t overshadowed by the commercials or by old dudes playing during halftime. Nonetheless, there were a few memorable moments from the night away from the gridiron.  There was the controversial showing of the Tim Tebow [...]

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The iPad and Disruptive Innovation

February 2nd, 2010 · 9 Comments · VC, tech

Tweet After hearing about Clayton Christensen’s bestseller The Innovator’s Dilemma and seeing it referenced time and time again, I recently decided to pick up a copy for myself. Christensen, a professor at HBS, begins by discussing the concepts of sustaining technologies versus disruptive technologies. Sustaining technologies are those that “improve the performance of established products, [...]

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