Tags : entrepreneurship

San Antonio 2018 Economic Forecast: Acceleration

By Pat Niekamp Steve Nivin, Ph.D., an associate professor of economics at St. Mary’s University, began his assessment by noting the US economy is now in its 100th month of expansion—the third-longest stretch in history. Nivin’s “go to” statistic on the economy is found in the yield curve, which plots interest rates on bonds of […]Read More

Dallas 2018 Economic Forecast: Acceleration

By Ray Niekamp Although Hurricane Harvey did not hit North Texas, its effects were still felt in the Dallas-area economy. But Mine Yücel, senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, thinks the economic impact of the storm will be short-lived. She forecasts the state’s economy will grow 2.5 to 3 percent this […]Read More

How To Scale A Business

Scaling a business is not an endeavor to be taken lightly. Once the decision is made, it’s time to seek advice — from trusted business counselors and experts in the field. But that advice is often confusing. Look at the big picture. Shift from working in your business to working on your business. Think big […]Read More

Growing The Next Generation Of Texas CEOs: CEO-to-CEO Mentoring

Photography by Jonathan Garza CEOs must keep raising their games to grow their companies. They need to have their thinking and strategy challenged, and yet, they frequently face decisions on matters they have never tackled. The learning curve is intense. While coaches can fill in the gaps in skills, a new CEO is more likely […]Read More

Austin – 2017 Economic Forecast: Resilient

By Dacia Rivers Photography by Jonathan Garza Speakers at the 2017 Economic Forecast event in Austin focused on higher ed, post-recession job growth, successful start-up ecosystems, the future of artificial intelligence and the area’s booming real estate market. The event was moderated by David Reid, Executive Director of the Baylor Angel Network. Regional Economy Dr. […]Read More

The Pragmatist’s Guide to Big Ideas

A 12 QUESTION LITMUS TEST TO LAUNCH  By Bob Fabbio  According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. That’s a whopping 80 percent that crash and burn. So in this Golden Age of entrepreneurship, how does an innovator improve the odds of transforming a germ of an idea into a […]Read More

If You Build It, Will They Come?

GETTING BIOTECH VENTURE CAPITAL INTO HOUSTON  By Graham Randall, PhD When it comes to transforming Houston’s promising biotechnology into marketable products, the number and size of venture capital deals has been the hardest metric to improve. The typical VC investor looks for companies with strategic business plans driven by strong management teams. And there’s the […]Read More

Navigating Uncertainty When Launching a New Venture

PREDICTING PROBABLE OUTCOMES OR CONSTRUCTING A NEW FUTURE? By Don Springer When CEOs launch an innovation or start a new business, the largest obstacle they face is uncertainty. Uncertainty stands in the foreground of today’s economy, geopolitical tensions and a digitally disrupted marketplace. Navigating this turbulent environment requires CEOs to use the appropriate decision-making tools […]Read More

The Looking Glass

GROW A BUSINESS THAT REFLECTS ITS ENVIRONMENT By Andrew Philipp  Earlier this year, the Kauffman Foundation Index on Startup Activity, the largest index tracking entrepreneurship across the United States, reported an unexpected change. Not only did the 2015 Index reveal the reversal of a five-year downward trend in entrepreneurship activity, but this reversal came as […]Read More

2016 Economic Forecast: Austin

By Ray Niekamp, Managing Editor Photography by Jonathan Garza OVERVIEW The decline in the energy sector, caused by $45 oil, has attracted a lot of attention this year, but as Keith Phillips of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – San Antonio Branch said, “There’s a lot of things going on here besides oil and […]Read More