Should you bank on Twitter? Yes, if your product is free, Compass benchmark analysis has found.

By Bjoern Lasse Herrmann After only ten years, social media has a huge global penetration, allowing businesses to reach nearly 2 billion people, practically the entire online population, through just a few platforms. Naturally, there is a lot of hype. The question is whether the hype is deserved. To allow leaders to make more effective, …

The Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 is Live!

Today we released the Startup Ecosystem Report 2012. The report contains the first data-driven Ranking of the World’s Top 20 Startup Ecosystems and  a deep dive into the each of the individual Startup Ecosystems. Check out the initial coverage here on TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/20/startup-genome-ranks-the-worlds-top-startup-ecosystems-silicon-valley-tel-aviv-l-a-lead-the-way/ And please help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter by sharing this message: …

The Danger of Celebritizing Entrepreneurship

There’s no doubt technology entrepreneurship is becoming its own kind of celebrity. Here is a quick rundown of its appearances on the national stage: The story of the founding of Facebook receiving a feature-length Hollywood portrayal in The Social Network; Hollywood celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake, MC Hammer, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber investing in …

Reversing the Decline in Transformational Ideas

This is post 2 of the Transformational Entrepreneurship series (original on HBR). Post 1 defines Transformational Entrepreneurship and the matrix of socioeconomic value creation used in this post. Post 1 can be found here. Many venture capitalists are up in the arms because their returns are down, their funds are drying up, and there appear to …