Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield

The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why

I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo. To get regular reality checks, I spend time with college kids creating for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aimed at solving wicked problems. They truly challenge the status quo and it is, fortunately, invigoratingly contagious. Continue reading

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The Truth About Your Network

Deborah Mills-Scofield live on disrupting your network. Deb recently challenged audiences at 2013 Business Innovation Factory’s 9th annual summit (BIF9), and also at the UnleashWD Innovation Summit 2013, on one of her favorite topics: networking (and survival). Continue reading

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Investing in Innovation: A Venture Capital POV

Take a look at most VC pitches and usually more slides are on the technology and functionality than sales and marketing. Take a look at most ‘use of funds’ and most of the money goes to product development, with not that much towards sales and marketing. Continue reading

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Intrapreneurship in Social Business

Deborah Mills-Scofield introduces us to Allen Kramer, “an incredible kid” who shares his wisdom on the role of intrapreneurship in social business. Continue reading

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Do you find leadership daunting? Even scary? I do. Frankly, I think we should. Leading others carries a huge responsibility. It is not for the faint of heart, for those afraid of being wrong, for those who want comfort and stability, or for those who need external affirmation. Continue reading

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 Entrepreneurs Define Risk Differently

Most people think entrepreneurs are willing to take on more risk than the average person. I’ve often wondered if that’s really true. After almost three decades of working with large corporations and entrepreneurs, I’ve developed a theory. Continue reading

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Innovation: a Case for Entitlement (really!)

Well, I’d like to challenge orthodoxy and make the case for entitlement as a necessary ingredient for innovation, not a necessary evil. Let me explain…Here are just a few examples, though it’s hard to pick: Continue reading

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