Covid has come as a nightmare for many entrepreneurs. Here’s a story of one in New York, coping with the perfect storm of being in the epicenter of the pandemic and in the hospitality business, the worst hit sector of the economy.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start from the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born? What kind of background did you have?>>>
This feature from CrunchBase News by Elizabeth Acuña Rivera and Greg Mitchell looks at how women are leading the FinTech revolution in Latin America. Over 35% of Latin American FinTech startups have female founders. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links.>>>
Sramana Mitra: I have been covering online education from a journalistic point of view for a long time. You must have heard this expression, sage-on-stage to guide-on-side, where the teacher was asking people to go and look at YouTube videos or Khan Academy videos and then coming and doing exercise in class.>>>
Mike Edelhart, Managing Partner at Social Starts and Joyance Partners, shares some fascinating developments from their portfolio, especially a healthcare startup that is thriving in the Covid-era.
Sramana Mitra: That’s the conversation I had with Andrew in the context of Course Hero. He was trying to figure out a strategy for leveraging that trend of the celebrity teacher or the superstar teacher as you called – leveraging expertise, creating, and giving people a platform to teach on the Course Hero platform by riding on that trend. I think that is a major trend as well.
Deborah Quazzo: Everyone’s a teacher.>>>
I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about art and culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of art – one of my paintings – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Les Maisons Bleues, Umaria III
Les Maisons Bleues, Umaria III | Sramana Mitra, 2020 | Watercolor, Pastel, Brush Pen | 6 x 9, On Pape
Sramana Mitra: This is an excellent discussion, regardless of whether we agree or disagree. It’s a kind of discussion that is very interesting for the readers to think through and participate in. I’m going to switch gears because we’re running out of time. When you look at the universe of online learning and I imagine that you’re looking at the space in a broader way just as an industry observer, where do you see gaps that you would recommend new entrepreneurs to go and address?>>>
Affiliate Marketing is at the heart of many wonderful bootstrapping stories. It’s inexpensive to get going and profitable quickly, and managed well, can scale substantially. Zeeto CEO Stephan Goss has bootstrapped a traffic arbitrage business to $42 million in 2015 revenue. If you are working on an affiliate marketing / lead generation type of business, this is a useful conversation.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?
Stephan Goss: I was born in Switzerland, pretty close to Zurich. I came to the US in 2007.