As the owner of a commercial art gallery for more than 24 years, I never imagined that people would buy art online, or that I would be selling to them without any prior relationship or connection. I had seen the importance of developing mutual trust and respect with clients, and per tradition, I would nurture these working relationships over a period of years. However, I was proven wrong; while I have continued to spark and build new connections around the world as an art consultant, I’ve done so remotely with the ability to work anywhere. I’ve heard companies refer to someone like me as a “nomad,” and I know many entrepreneurs who fit this class of professionals.
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This article was written for the March 2016 issue of Octane magazine.
Sometimes all it takes is a little spark to start a revolution. Just ask Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison, EO Johannesburg members who are redefining the educational ecosystem in South Africa. In this special feature, the co-founders of SPARK Schools discuss the state of education in their home country, the far-reaching value of their hybrid learning model and how, through entrepreneurship, they’re changing lives, one student at a time.
Sanjay Nasta, CEO of MicroAssist, Inc. and EO Austin member, began his company by delivering classroom training computer software; since then, MicroAssist has begun working with outreach organizations to educate audiences on larger social, cultural and health issues. We spoke with Mr. Nasta about his company’s outreach and how it has impacted his entrepreneurial experience.
By Heather Baker, an EO UK-London member, and founder and CEO of TopLine Communications, a digital communications consultancy
An article I read recently got me thinking: How many of the entrepreneurs I know have earned a university degree? Two thirds? Half? A better question is: How many of the graduates among them, if they could go back, would enroll all over again for those years of cloistered (or not so cloistered) study?
If my experience is anything to go by, I think the vote would be split. I did go to university, and looking back it was in parts very useful, in parts not at all. And I know several entrepreneurs who boast great business talent having never seen the inside of a lecture theatre. Which isn’t to say that higher education will not equip you for a career as an entrepreneur; I believe it can. However, I would stop short of calling it a necessary condition of business success.
Last September, while I was visiting Istanbul with my 19-year-old daughter, I reflected on the decisions my wife and I made to ensure the very best for our children. We wanted them to be leaders and to forge a path of success for themselves and for others. In that moment, I realized the three tenets we followed to raise our wonderful children into thriving adults.