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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Republished from TechCrunch

By BILL AULET

I used to think corporate culture didn’t matter. Discussion of vision, mission and values was for people who couldn’t build product or sell it! We had work to do and this MBA BS was getting in the way!

And then my first company failed.

Cambridge Decision Dynamics did not fail because we didn’t have a great technology or a great product or customers. It failed as a sustainable, scalable organization because we had no meaningful purpose to create team unity to fight through the tough times. Now the company sits comfortably in a perpetual state of what I like to call “deep stealth mode.”

El gurú del emprendimiento del MIT: 'Mejor ser un 'hacker' que servir en la Armada'

Republished from El Mundo

By ADOLFO PLASENCIA

Bill Aulet es un profesor singular. Es director del Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, en la prestigiosa Escuela de Negocios Sloan del MIT. Su 'background' desprende un halo de 'entrepreneurship' impresionante. Como la práctica se muestra con la acción, antes de dirigir el centro había conseguido 'levantar' más de 100 millones de dólares en financiación para 'startup'. En abril de 2013, recibió el Premio Monosson F. Adolf for Entrepreneurial Mentoring del MIT.

Wisconsin Can Benefit From Being Off ‘Beaten Track’—Hear Bill Speak April 17

Republished from Xconomy

By JEFF ENGEL

Innovation can come from anywhere, and there might be some advantages for Wisconsin being located in what is sometimes derisively called flyover country.

Those are two thoughts shared with me recently by Boston-area entrepreneur Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and author of a top-selling book published last year called Disciplined Entrepreneurship. He will visit the Badger State on April 17 for two separate roundtable discussions about entrepreneurship hosted by Xconomy. (To register for the free lunchtime event at gener8tor’s Madison office, click here. To register for the free evening event hosted by Startup Milwaukee at 96square, click here.)

Why Mutual Trust Matters In Investor-Startup Relationships

Republished from Forbes

By MAMIE JOEVEER

Any entrepreneur who has gone through the fundraising process understands that creating a strong relationship with investors is a complicated process. Much like a marriage, it depends on trust and honesty. “If you don’t have trust then you can’t generate long-term value,” says Bill Aulet, managing director for the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. “The relationship will be temporary.”

Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation

Republished from TechCrunch

By BILL AULET

Interest in startup accelerators and incubators has exploded in the past several years, but how effective have they been? One thing that has become clear is that “incubator” and “accelerator” refer to two very different models for startup workspaces, and the distinctions may have significant effects on startup success.

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