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How to Balance Intuition and Analytics

The increased use of analytics versus intuition in decision-making has been significant in improving the understanding and results of decision-making. The growth has been particularly affected by the growth and confidence in behavioral economics fostered by authors like Daniel Hahnemann, Richard Thaler, and Michael Lewis. This article argues that there is no simple resolution, but […]

The Best Thoughts for Small Business – In Cartoons

At Startup Connection, we’ve made some of our points in interesting and surprising ways. Often times, that means cartoons or images to shock you, make you laugh, or make you think. Here are some of our favorites of the past few months. We hope they challenge you and resonate with you as much as they […]

Profit or Exponential Growth: You Usually Can’t Have Both

Traditional methods of planning and forecasting new businesses are dramatically changing in nature and diversity.   On one hand, traditional small businesses need to show profitability at some point, so they can pay their bills and find investors.  On the other, many new businesses like apps, sharing sites, and new technologies, require large scale, large investments, […]

Business Culture: Don’t Underestimate Its Importance

Business culture:  know about it, and just as important, don’t underestimate its importance I read an interesting article in Harvard Business Review (Pisano; June 2015) about the need for better strategies in executing innovation in organizations. While the article has some great recommendations, it ignores one critical element of innovation: the importance of a business […]