Donations from America's individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row, reports Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015 , released today. That new peak in contributions is record-setting whether measured in current or inflation-adjusted dollars.
With several entrepreneurs in our ranks, we understand what goes into building a business. It's much more than turning an idea into revenues. It takes preparation, planning, sacrifice, and adaptability. And once you've given everything you have, occasionally the tide changes and you have to re-think your entire strategy.
When Haier America's Deanna Johnston needs to update or fill gaps in the company's information-technology systems, she looks at products and services offered by startups. But even after a trial run, she rarely buys them, Ms. Johnston said.
Ultimately, when you have a B2B [business-to-business] startup, that's your client. The problem I'm seeing from the startup side is they have a challenging time getting in front of the buyers. There's probably a lack of understanding of the process. They're randomly calling people or trying to connect or network with people to get 30 minutes.
If the next 20 years of startup-led tech innovation are going to be about addressing massive problems - like health, energy, transportation, cities, education, and more - it will mean more directly confronting (instead of stealthily bypassing) regulatory barriers and incumbent-driven regulatory capture challenges. So how can startups "growth hack" in a highly regulated sector?
ADDISON, Texas - March 23, 2016 - -- Bridge Alliance in collaboration with the City of Allen and the City of Addison will be hosting a series of open innovation luncheons on April 7 and April 8, 2016. The event series exposes North Texas corporations to the concept of Open Innovation and how to leverage our growing startup and academic research community.
Editor's note: We've asked a handful of design leaders to respond to prompts each week. This week's prompt was "What do you believe are the essential qualities of a good design leader?" Below, Libby Bawcombe and Chris Thelwell share their thoughts. And don't miss responses from Peter Merholz and Uday Gajendar.