There is a lot of noise in the startup world around “Founder-Investor”, “Product-Business Model” and other such ”matches” that are claimed to be decisive for the success of a startup. I don’t dispute these. However, in my opinion, the “Idea-Founder” match is the only thing that matters at the end (literally, according to the terminal values theory). If the project you are working on as a founder does not match with your long-term goals and aspirations, then the odds are against you and your business.
Originally published on Medium by OS.UNIVERSITY R&D team In May 2017, Hristian Daskalov, project lead at the Open Source University on exchange at Riga Technical University, took part in Latvian ‘Youth Speak Forum’, organized by world’s largest students-led organization AIESEC and their partners from world’s leading consultancy — Ernst & Young (EY).
You may have already went through some of my recent posts, regarding the Open Source University platform — world’s first distributed academic & career development ledger, with potential to transform the way 7 billion people develop academically and grow professionally. But how would this transformation really look like? — a question that this article answers to in 3 to 5 …
2017 will be the year of The Internet of People (IoP), what I also like to call – the Sharing Economy 2.0. My personal experience over 2016 gave me a lot of reasons to believe that would be the case, and I would like to share just a couple of them.
Many examples from the economic theory and education philosophy, from today’s reality and current practices across Europe – both positive and negative, are given to illustrate the importance of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills implementation in the decision-making & taking processes, concerning the present and future political and economic challenges.
Key point – no matter if we think of stakeholder management as a strategic planning exercise, or as a principle of doing business, it all goes down to a set of simple rules, which the brightest and most successful of all innovators have applied into their recipes for success.
Understanding the ambiguity of the situation, however, many universities are starting to hedge against risks of financial losses, through various ways. And even though not all of them are involving exotic financial instruments or derivatives-based scenarios, this overall move is leading towards an insurance-based survival strategy, causing universities to bet on superficial, yet influential characteristics, rather than enforcing on what really matters – the knowledge transfer process.
Not that long ago, I was offered the chance to speak in front of the great audience of SOFIMUN Conference. In case you wonder, the acronym stands for Sofia International Model United Nations, the biggest and most prestigious such international youth event held in the country for quite some time.