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23 entrepreneurs turned investors who are banking huge profits

Just because you’re a great entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’ll make a great investor. While there’s overlap, the skillset that makes an individual a powerhouse when it comes to building a company (and exiting it) isn’t the same as what makes a profitable investor. Gallup research shows certain behavioral traits are shared among top entrepreneurs. Out of 2,500 entrepreneurs studied, top performers tend to spend a lot of time aligning employee responsibilities with corporate goals. That makes for great entrepreneurs but that same behavior doesn’t necessarily manifest itself in top investors. Investors need to be able to identify that trait in the entrepreneurs they fund. It’s common in the startup space for entrepreneurs to try their hands at investing in startups once they cash out, only to find that the same skills that made them rich won’t necessarily make them successful investors. But, there are a few entrepreneurs turned investors that have parlayed their business-building skills into become successful angel investors and venture capitals. Thankfully for us, many of these entrepreneurs-turned-investors write extensively about their experience. Here’s a list of 23 entrepreneurs who...

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#WhatsYourBigIdea Podcast: Hunt Down Great Ideas & Make Them Yours

Great business ideas do not spring from innate creativity, or necessarily from the brilliant minds of people. Rather, great ideas come to those who are in the habit of looking for great ideas — all around them, all the time. Join Andy Boynton, Dean of the Boston College School of Management and author of The Idea Hunter: How to Find The Best Ideas and Make Them Happen, and OurCrowd’s Zack Miller as they discuss the process great investors like Warren Buffett use to generate new ideas and make money from them, how to create an idea portfolio, what makes up a good idea vs. a bad one, and more. This is part of an ongoing exploration we’ve had with our investor community at OurCrowd about ideas and creativity. To learn more about big ideas, check out IsraelIdeas.com   Zack Miller is the Head of Investor Community at OurCrowd. Zack has been growing investment businesses for the past decade, holding senior leadership positions and consulting some of the top next-generation finance sites. To contact Zack Miller, follow him on Linkedin / Twitter Andy Boynton is dean of...

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#WhatsYourBigIdea Podcast: Avoid these myths, generate great ideas

Investors and entrepreneurs share many myths about where big ideas come from and how to generate them. OurCrowd’s Zack Miller chats with author David Burkus about his book, The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. Burkus describes the process and environment that enable all of us in the startup ecosystem to consistently generate more (and better!) big ideas. This is part of an ongoing exploration we’ve had with our investor community at OurCrowd about ideas and creativity. To learn more about big ideas, check out IsraelIdeas.com   Zack Miller is the Head of Investor Community at OurCrowd. Zack has been growing investment businesses for the past decade, holding senior leadership positions and consulting some of the top next-generation finance sites. To contact Zack Miller, follow him on Linkedin / Twitter David Burkus is a contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, an Assistant Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University, and the the founder and host of LDRLB, a podcast that shares insights on leadership, innovation, and strategy. To contact David Burkus, follow him on Linkedin / Twitter  ...

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Women 2.0: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in the Startup Nation

Programs throughout the world are being aimed at girls from an early age to drive them to follow their hearts – and minds. These innovative programs consist of a large push for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and at the same time, female business entrepreneurs in Israel are also taking the stage. Israel is one of the leading nations in the world for tech and startups. It is a modern democratic country where those who work hard can better themselves, regardless of the gender divides that existed years ago. Women hold positions in government and the medical professions, education and clergy; and now, women in business and entrepreneurship are becoming prominent. Israel ranks as number 11 out of 59 developed countries in regards to participation of women in the workplace. It can also be seen that Israeli women are in fairly high executive positions, and are ranked 24th out of the 59 countries accounted for. Struggling with the gender gap Why is this a big deal? To understand this question, one must understand the years of...

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Beam Me Up, Scotty! The Next Generation of Transportation Technology

Is it a bird? A plane? Neither, in fact; it’s the Hyperloop, the soon-to-be-released tube-based transportation system and newest brainchild of Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX. Heralded as the “fifth mode of transportation” – the other four being the train, plane, automobile, and boat – the Hyperloop is expected to traverse the approximately 350 miles between San Fransisco and Los Angeles in 30 minutes, which averages to a speed of 700 miles per hour, just shy of the speed of sound. Can this be done? After spurring disruptive innovation in other industries, has Mr. Musk finally gone Hyperloopy? Or, like Ford with the popular automobile and the Wright brothers with the airplane, will this herald the new method of transportation that will forever change the rhythms of our lives? The Hyperloop is just one example of a larger trend towards the next generation of transportation, a shift that will indelibly change our lives. In this post, I would like to discuss 3 areas of  massive change : the Hyperloop personal space flight innovation for automobiles The...

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