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Essential strategies for building social capital

{backbutton}Networking is one of the keys to professional success and there is a huge difference between building a list of contacts and creating a truly effective network. “Building and nurturing a network is one of the most powerful things you can do to support your career advancement,” says Bonnie Marcus, Founder & CEO of Women's Success Coaching. In an article in Forbes, Marcus shares her seven essential networking strategies. 1.   Network proactively Surrounding ourselves with peop...
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What is the entrepreneur’s definition of success?

While soaring profits may seem an obvious sign of success to others, Spanish entrepreneurs tend to value personal achievements and their contribution to society as a more important measure of their success, according to expansion.com.   The MIT Technology Review study published by Opinno shows that for Spanish entrepreneurs the five key aspects that define success are self-fulfilment, purpose, innovation, excellence and financial benefits.  For entrepreneurs aged the 20 to 40, sel...
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Intel invests in 13-year-old schoolboy’s startup

A 13-year-old schoolboy is reportedly the world’s youngest tech entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding thanks to investment from tech giant Intel, reports The Associated Press. Shubham Banerjee is the founder of Silicon Valley start-up, Braigo Labs Inc., which is developing a compact and economical alternative to the bulky and expensive braille printers currently on the market. He is aiming to reduce the current price tag from around USD 2,000 to just USD 350, and wants to mass-pro...
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Tools to help remote teams work better together

While there are challenges to working remotely, especially when team members are spread across the globe, there are also numerous tools that can contribute to more effective collaboration.  From apps to track which time-zone team members are working in and various platforms for individual and team communications, through to fully integrated project management and cloud-based development environments, team members can work collaboratively and feel connected and engaged wherever they are in t...
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The six things your employees want

Happy employees equal a happy workplace and improved productivity. According to a Tinyhr report, there are six things most employees wish for in the workplace. Top of the list are more effective communication from managers and improved empathy skills among supervisors. Using the survey as a springboard, an article from entrepreneur.com article advises incorporating the following into your workplace:         1. Open communication According to Raphael Crawford-Marks, Co-Founder...
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Governments can help. Interview with Peter Thorner – Head of the Norwegian Mobile Association

Governments can help to shape the odds of their country in many ways. One way is by supporting entrepreneurs and industry. There are great examples of some countries getting it right. An inspiration for many is Israel, a country which in view of its size has more NASDAQ companies than any other country. So, what exactly differentiates healthy government support from lacking, and what can be done to improve the situation? Shaping The Odds spoke to Swedish born Peter Thornér – head of the Norwegia...
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Norwegian stand at MWC 2015

Norway at Mobile World Congress Mobile World Congress (MWC) takes place every year in Barcelona. The largest exhibition of its kind in the world for mobile, the show has grown from its humble beginnings in 1982 to having 93,000 attendees from 2-5 March 2015. This year, the exhibition featured more than 1,900 companies and occupied 98,000 square metres of net exhibition and hospitality space across eight exhibition halls and numerous outdoor spaces. Unless you are a Cisco, a Samsung, or a Sony, i...
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Team Norway visits Spain

In February, Team Norway visited various parts of Spain. The delegation – including the Ambassador of Norway for Spain and the head of Innovation Norway for Spain – first went to Malaga to build relations between Norwegian companies and the Smart City cluster in Andalucia. The tour also took in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where meetings with various Spanish governmental institutions and Norwegian companies with business on the island were held. The aim of the trip was to forge closer trade links ...
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Shaping the Odds for your country

A great boost to helping shape the odds in a company’s favor can often come in the form of governmental support. Many governmental organizations invest heavily in supporting businesses from their countries with subsidized learning, R&D grants, trade missions and attending important trade fairs around the world. Here we look at what some government organizations are doing to help shape the odds for their countries’ companies and start-ups. See the articles below. Governments can help. Intervi...
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COUNTRY PAVILIONS at MWC 2015

Several countries from around the world gathered their fellow exhibitors at the Mobile World Congress this year. The services and solutions provided by each exhibitor in the pavilion varied, but they were all united by their flag, and they all helped each other by #ShapingtheOdds for international success: Argentina – Hall 6Austria – Hall 8.1Belgium – Hall 7Brazil – Hall 8Canada – Hall 7Catalonia – Congress Square and Hall 8.1Colombia – Congress SquareDenmark – Hall 6Estonia – Hall 8.1Finland – ...
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Team Finland at MWC 2015

Finland has a great tradition of helping tech start-ups achieve international success. This year the Invest in Finland organisation has offered a great package to tech entrepreneurs from Finland: Marketing Visibility in the Team Finland marketing materials Stand at MWC at hall 5 Part of the thematic program at Team Finland stand. Daily pitching slot (Mon-Thu)Access to Demo Area at the Team Finland stand (for approx. 2-3 hours/day) Meeting Rooms at MWC Pre-event booking of meeting rooms...
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4 Tips for Planning a Successful 2015 for Female Entrepreneurs

Women with well-thought-out strategies and grit are hard to come by, but those are the ones who are habitually successful, says Sumi Krishnan in this Forbes article about female entrepreneurs.   This year, set aside plans for low-hanging fruit because success in 2015 will require big-picture plans, she says. Read her article about four ways you can position your business to achieve success in the upcoming year:   Find new inspirationSolidify your infrastructureFeed your cultureFlesh out your tar...
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Forbes: 5 Predictions for the Freelance Economy in 2015

The freelance movement is in full swing as businesses and workers engage in more flexible, on-demand work arrangements. And while this labor transformation has been well discussed during the last year, the real question is what will the future look like? What should companies and workers expect in 2015 and how should they plan accordingly?   In some ways the future is now Forbes claims, and, based on their extensive analysis of the freelance economy, this is what they anticipate for 2015: &...
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The Independent: There are now 3 billion people on the internet — and those in Denmark are best at it #shapingtheodds

Denmark is the most connected place on the internet, as the number of people getting online is quickly increasing, a UN report has said. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the branch of the UN that is tasked with looking at computer and telecommunications use, has compiled its annual report looking at the world’s most connected countries as well as the fast spread of internet use across the world. .
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Gran Canaria Business Week 2015

The first #ShapingTheOdds event will be on Gran Canaria Gran Canaria Business Week is an annual event where European entrepreneurs meet to share experiences. For 2015 it will be from 2nd till 9th of January. Here is where #ShapingTheOdds will be presented for the first time. Use this opportunity to come and meet us and other resources for your startup or existing business. If you already are a successfull business and want to meet with representatives from the government to discuss which benefit...
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