Browsing Category Entrepreneurship

Is Regulation killing Private Enterprise?

If Bhutan is ever to escape the economic lethargy largely attributed to our size and our geographical disposition, to say nothing of our dependence on foreign aid, it must do so on the success and vitality of creative free enterprise. Yet everywhere I look I see businesses stifled under bloated bureaucracies and government intrusion that restricts business health. Don’t get me wrong.  I actually believe…

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If I Taught a Leadership Course

Is it hard to become a good (or even great) business leader without signing up for a leadership course or joining an accelerator? Or worse, without getting an MBA? I don’t think so – but over the course of the last few years, I have endured lectures on building business models, testing consumer products, and gaining market trust. I’ve even participated in a few strange…

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Making Sense of ICOs: The $100M Seed Investment

For the most parts, ICOs sound and look like the modern day gold rush. An ICO or an Initial Coin Offering is the imperfect blend of an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and Crowd Funding. Although it’s been in existence for the last 4-5 years, it started gaining colossal popularity in 2017. For instance, just last year companies like Tezos raised $232M, Filecoin raised $257M, Bancor…

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The case for self-awareness and humility in entrepreneurship

If you spend a few minutes reading online advice to entrepreneurs, one thing becomes clear from the start – entrepreneurs are encouraged to be arrogant. ‘Fake it till you make it’ ‘You can be often wrong, but never uncertain’ ‘You have to be your own walking billboard’ ‘Steve Jobs was arrogant’ And the list goes on and on. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Start-up…

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How to create [business] opportunities

I met with several (aspiring) Bhutanese entrepreneurs and students during my short trip back home last week. While I was generally impressed with this newfound energy, curiosity and willingness that now seem to permeate the streets of Thimphu – I was overcome with a sense of helplessness whenever I was asked this question. ‘What new business opportunities do you see in Bhutan?’ I get asked…

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