Every year around this time I look forward to Steve King’s small business trends for the next year.
About three years ago I attended a Web 2.0 conference at which a couple of professional venture capitalists and a couple of successful angel investors talked about trends. This was before the great recession, but in the middle of the explosion of web apps and social media. One thing that came up repeatedly, then, was [...]
I like a thoughtful analysis that puts some conceptual order into larger sweeping trends. Take a quick read of The Medium–The Death of the Open Web on the NYTimes.com site, by Virginia Heffernan. She makes some very interesting points. People who find the Web distasteful–ugly, uncivilized–have nonetheless been forced to live there: It’s the place [...]
With the high-tech world all abuzz about tablet computing, I enjoyed Steve King’s Lessons from OLPC post today, about the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative and its version of the tablet computer Steve put the illustration shown here on his Small Business Labs blog post. Here’s his summary of the design specifications: Their new [...]
With all the talk surrounding the landmark book Free by Chris Anderson, I want to recommend Steve King‘s post “Free isn’t a Business Model, But it is a Business Strategy” on his Small Business Labs blog. I’ve followed the Free controversy myself, and posted about it here on this blog, and here on the Huffington Post, [...]
Steve King at Small Business Labs posted this morning that U.S. personal businesses grew by almost 1 million in 2007, to 21.7 million, according to the U.S. Census. Of course that’s before the big economic crash, but still, that’s interesting to me. A personal business is a non-farm business with no employees. The growth in [...]
My thanks to Steve King and Carolyn Ockels of Emergent Research for this slide show of their small business trends predictions for this year. I’m a regular reader of Steve’s SmallBizLabs blog. This collection is class food for thought. 2009 Top 10 Small Business Trends View more OpenOffice presentations from Steve King. If you don’t [...]
Steve King of Small Business Labs has a nice post Wednesday on necessity entrepreneurs. Citing UC Santa Cruz professor Robert Fairlie, Steve says: Fairlie is the lead author behind the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity and a leading entrepreneurship researcher. His work shows that self-employment increases during times of economic stress and flattens out during good [...]