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Helping to Advance a Better Understanding of International Entrepreneurs

Helping to Advance a Better Understanding of International Entrepreneurs

January 14, 2020

Entrepreneurship is crucial to the economic growth of a region. Entrepreneurs open doors to innovation, spark growth in productivity, and create new jobs. Often seen as the drivers of innovation and leading indicators of change, entrepreneurs are sometimes characterized as the superheroes of the business world. In order to support these superheroes, it is important that researchers have a better understanding of what conditions hinder or help entrepreneurship in developing or developed countries. To advance this understanding, Thunderbird professor Joshua K. Ault and fellow researcher Andrew Spicer have taken a close look at one measure: “state fragility.” Their work has been published in Asia Pacific Journal of Management.read more


5 Predictions for SEO in 2020

5 Predictions for SEO in 2020

January 9, 2020

Keeping an eye this year on brand, voice, politics, and natural language Google’s algorithm is a black box, and not even Googlers fully know what’s inside. That’s part of what makes predicting the future of SEO (search engine optimization) fun. There’s no wrong or right. However, there are a few things that are influencing what the future looks like for SEO. Political landscapes, newly secured patents, and technological shifts are just a few things to consider when making a prediction. So, what’s next with SEO as we look ahead to 2020? Here are five big predictions on the future of SEO in 2020.read more


T-bird Grad Finds Success with His ‘Fitbit for Farming’

T-bird Grad Finds Success with His ‘Fitbit for Farming’

December 16, 2019

Victor Kimura leads an Agtech team that’s turning data into an essential agricultural tool So, say you’re a farmer, and overnight it starts getting extremely cold. The season’s first frost is expected before dawn, and the crops you hope to harvest and sell next week are at risk of being ruined. There’s an app for that. During a late-season frost in 2017, western Colorado fruit grower Edward Tuft used information from a mobile app and a network of remote thermometers to outrun the cold and warm his orchards, saving his crop of Honeycrisp apples.read more


Thunderbird Pitch Competition is a T-bird Family Affair

Thunderbird Pitch Competition is a T-bird Family Affair

December 2, 2019

Students, alumni keep entrepreneurial spirit alive in month-long business idea competition The winners of Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Competition were ready to share the lessons learned as they created their first place business, Kalitunsi Tree Fund. T-birds Paul Gasaatura and Nicholas Vandam created Kalitunsi Tree Fund as a means to scale eucalyptus forest investments in Uganda. Natural forests and woodlands across Africa can no longer keep pace with the required demand and the resulting deforestation is degrading the environment.read more


Best Recruiting Tips For Small Business Owners

Best Recruiting Tips For Small Business Owners

November 13, 2019

Running a small business can be immensely rewarding yet incredibly draining, especially when it comes to recruiting. You want to hire the best candidate for your business, but it’s seldom as simple as it sounds. With such a competitive market, it’s important to think critically about how to approach hiring. Proper planning will ensure that you recruit and retain high-value candidates. Below, 10 business executives share their best recruiting advice for small business owners.read more


4 Questions to Help Add Value to Your Organization’s  Benefits & Perks

4 Questions to Help Add Value to Your Organization’s Benefits & Perks

September 10, 2019

New chairs, dental coverage, bring your pet to work. How one company prioritized workplace wellness and increased employee retentionread more


Sushi, Sake, and a the Art of Being An International Entrepreneur

Sushi, Sake, and the Art of Being An International Entrepreneur

May 31, 2019

Around the time Ken Valvur arrived at Thunderbird in 1987, Japan’s economy was the envy of the world. Japan was sitting on the largest cache of wealth ever assembled. The Tokyo Stock Exchange surpassed New York to become the world’s largest on the basis of market capitalization. And by the late 1980s, Japan ranked first in GNP per capita worldwide. Japan’s economic boom began to fizzle in 1991, but it had a significant and lasting impact on Ken Valvur.read more


What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Space Exploration

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Space Exploration

May 9, 2019

In today’s business world, innovation is considered the key to longevity. The idea of venturing into the unknown to explore new frontiers – whether that means seeking out new markets or new product lines, is at the heart of most successful business strategies. The unprecedented success of companies like Amazon, Airbnb, and Netflix, often at the expense of their more traditional industry counterparts has changed business forever. While there has been much buzz around the idea of innovation lately, perhaps we can all agree that nothing is more innovative than space exploration. The idea of going beyond the known world to explore new frontiers outside of the earth’s axis, is indeed at the vanguard of the vanguard.read more


Keep Your Business Booming: Five Keys to Small Business Success

Keep Your Business Booming: Five Keys to Small Business Success

September 17, 2018

Being a small business owner in the United States is hard work. No matter what comes your way, you and your employees are all you have. Some factors are beyond your control and can make the brass ring harder to grab. The 2017 Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer, a study that combines federal data with a national survey of nearly 2,800 small-business owners, finds that the ease with which small business owners can get the commodities they need has gone down considerably since the 2016 Barometer release. Meanwhile, unemployment continues to fall, which means more people are finding jobs — a good thing for the economy, but also a reason hiring good staff may be a challenge right now.read more


Teaching a Child to Count:  4 Ways to Raise a Budding Entrepreneur

Teaching a Child to Count: 4 Ways to Raise a Budding Entrepreneur

September 4, 2018

I’ve got two kiddos - 5 and 2 years old - with one on the way. It’s always been a goal of mine as a parent to teach them about entrepreneurship to best prepare them for life. Why? Entrepreneurship has the same trajectories as life. Ebbs and flows. More questions than answers. Successes and setbacks.read more