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Learn from Analogies

How can analogies from other settings inform our learning about start-ups?

Consider some of the challenges or emotions that online entrepreneurs go through – perhaps a feeling of isolation when going it alone, or finding creative ways to get things done without much money. Are there others going through similar experiences? 

We call this seeking analagous experiences, in this case perhaps the trials and tribulations of parenthood are an analogy?  If so, what aspects of parenthood are similar and what services have grown to support them?  

Who else might you talk to? What other analogies might we learn from? And what resources do we know about which catalyse success in other areas?

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FabLabs and TechShops are creative hubs for makers. Designing and building a business is similar to designing and building objects.

FabLabs and TechShops are creative hubs for makers. Designing and building a business is similar to designing and building objects.

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For entrepreneurs, Jobs' major legacy is several principles that drove his successful results. Here we tried to group the best of them. To help the future and present entrepreneurs.

For entrepreneurs, Jobs' major legacy is several principles that drove his successful results. Here we tried to group the best of them. To help the future and present entrepreneurs.

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Resources from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Not everyone can go to business school and be trained to start a successful company. Not everyone grows up in entrepreneurial centers such as Silicon Valley.

Resources from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Not everyone can go to business school and be trained to start a successful company. Not everyone grows up in entrepreneurial centers such as Silicon Valley.

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Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic seemed like a mad man's idea, but work is being done to make them happen. Leading businesses grow when the boundaries of thought and imagination are pushed. Can this be a theme to communicate/brand the EC's push?

Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic seemed like a mad man's idea, but work is being done to make them happen. Leading businesses grow when the boundaries of thought and imagination are pushed. Can this be a theme to communicate/brand the EC's push?

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In Catalonia (Spain), the Government has carried out a project related to ICT companies. It is not exactly about neither web companies nor start-ups, but I think that some aspects of the project could be useful for this challenge.

In Catalonia (Spain), the Government has carried out a project related to ICT companies. It is not exactly about neither web companies nor start-ups, but I think that some aspects of the project could be useful for this challenge.

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To be successful, to be really good at something, it is vital to learn and grow from opportunities. In the entrepreneurial space, it is even more important to maximize the growth obtained from every experience.

To be successful, to be really good at something, it is vital to learn and grow from opportunities. In the entrepreneurial space, it is even more important to maximize the growth obtained from every experience.

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Sandbox is a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30. They identify exceptional people worldwide that already have an impressive impact at a very young age, no matter in what field or industry. Role models are  among us!

Sandbox is a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30. They identify exceptional people worldwide that already have an impressive impact at a very young age, no matter in what field or industry. Role models are among us!

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Site building companies like wordpress and tumblr have made it easy for people to publish their own personal blogs and websites. Perhaps a website builder tailored to business websites could provide that same accessibility to entrepreneurs.

Site building companies like wordpress and tumblr have made it easy for people to publish their own personal blogs and websites. Perhaps a website builder tailored to business websites could provide that same accessibility to entrepreneurs.

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The data reveals interesting and unexpected trends in the landscape of UK business start-ups during 2011, including a rise in post-retirement entrepreneurs and increasing levels of regional enterprise.

The data reveals interesting and unexpected trends in the landscape of UK business start-ups during 2011, including a rise in post-retirement entrepreneurs and increasing levels of regional enterprise.

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 is providing fledgling companies not only with the opportunity to test their ideas in foreign markets, but to dig deep into the knowledge and experience that only local incubators and culture can provide.

is providing fledgling companies not only with the opportunity to test their ideas in foreign markets, but to dig deep into the knowledge and experience that only local incubators and culture can provide.

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