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The innovator's DNA

A major new study has highlighted the key skills that innovative and creative entrepreneurs need to develop. According to Hal Gregersen, an INSEAD professor and co-author of a six-year-long study into disruptive innovation involving some 3,500 executives, there are five 'discovery' skills you need but, he says, you don't have to be 'great in everything.
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SME financing: small businesses struggle to survive

When it comes to securing financial support, entrepreneur Jack Ma, chairman and CEO of China's Alibaba Group, has this advice for small and medium-sized enterprises: don't rely on the government and the banks; rely instead on your family and friends.

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Powering the Google engine: innovation is key

It’s a $20 billion company with a formidable staff strength of 20,000, but the spirit of innovation (and enterprise) is alive and well at Google Inc, 11 years after the company was founded by then-students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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Innovation: the key to future growth

Which is more innovative? The global conglomerate with revenue of $363 billion or the entrepreneur whose ground-breaking DoubleClick software package revolutionised online selling and was ultimately sold to Google for more than $3 billion? Answer: it’s a tie.

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The internet entrepreneur: ‘made, not born’

The internet has changed the way we live. Many of us now get our news online rather than from newspapers, fans connect with their favourite bands on music social networks rather than try to catch them after a concert, and we can get attractive high-street deals from the comfort of our home.

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INSEAD at 50: The defining years

The enduring idea on which INSEAD was founded came from the man considered to be one of the founders of the venture capital industry, Georges Doriot, a French-born, naturalised American who had both studied and taught at Harvard Business School.

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Capitalism thrives in virtual world

In the beginning, the online virtual world was a place for action video games such as Grand Theft Auto, or hanging out and chatting. Today, it’s a very different place. Commerce and capitalism have entered the picture.

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Sula Vineyards: India’s case for wine

When foreign sommeliers come to India, they come with very low expectations. After all, India is better known for its cotton industry than wine production. However that is now changing.
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An entrepreneur’s vision of online social networking

Currently, Linneberg and his small team of eight people are busy with a new round of fundraising, developing OrSiSo’s advertising platform, and talking to potential advertisers.

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An entrepreneur’s vision of online social networking

With the fast-growing proliferation of social networking sites on the internet, it’s become common for many people to spend time at work and at play socialising and making new friends online. Indeed, having several social networking accounts on popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Flickr is par for the course for many, such as Singapore-based Danish entrepreneur Thorben Linneberg.

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Innovation booming in emerging markets despite obstacles

Traditional measures of innovation usually focus on science and technology, for example on patents produced, scientific papers published and PhD graduates in science and engineering. While the role of science and technology in driving innovation continues to be important, we are witnessing a new type of innovation in Latin America and other emerging markets, i.e. innovations that are more horizontal and more context dependent.

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The death of the corporate HQ?

Corporate headquarters may very well become a thing of the past, as it becomes a virtual network rather than a physical location, according to Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang, co-authors of 'The Quest for Global Dominance'.

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Social media analysis: a new way of listening

Social networking is a fast-growing online trend that is changing the media landscape, particularly in the way in which consumers and companies interact with each other. These sites enable community participation and include blogs, discussion forums, social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as consumer review sites. No editor is required, which means the content is not controlled and publishing costs are always near zero.

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Bringing zest to China’s hospitality market

By offering travellers chic boutique hotel amenities at budget prices, Chinese entrepreneur Wu Hai is now enjoying the fruits of his success, setting up a chain of 16 hotels in China in just three short years since 2006.

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A Mantra of Business Success

INSEAD Knowledge

For Sir Martin Sorrell, Group CEO of marketing communications services giant WPP, the key to future business success lies in a short and simple mantra: new markets, new media, and consumer insight.