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Andrew Hargadon
Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
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>“Dam by dam, mine by mine, farm by farm and city by city [the anthropocene] is remaking the Earth before your eyes.” [^1] For better or worse, we’re entering a new era. A time when the corporation, responsible for shaping so much of the last four centuries, is both consolidating... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at The Entrepocene
Much has been written and said about building sustainable companies and organizations. Yet too often, after all the conferences, books and articles, little is done. The big ideas get downsized and bureaucratized. In the past decade, the two of us have worked with hundreds of new ventures and dozens of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at The Entrepocene
We are entering a new era, one we’re calling the “Entrepocene.” For the last 400 years, the rise of the corporation has amplified what climatologists call the “anthropocene”—an era in which human activity is the dominant force shaping our environment. Soulless corporations have grown to dominate the economic, social, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at The Entrepocene
A nice description of MicroMidas, UCD and Child Family Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship alum: Micromidas plans to turn cardboard into oil substitute. Micromidas is developing a process that converts corrugated cardboard into a chemical, paraxylene, used in making plastic bottles that usually comes from petroleum and, as a result,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Davis Roots
Doug Munro, founder of Adzuna, writes a nice post on GigaOM about The difference between being a founder and a hired CEO — it's a good introduction to the differences between running a business unit, or even a small but established company, and being the first one into the company.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Davis Roots
The Davis Roots Accelerator Program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2012 class: Apply here Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Davis Roots
From The Hargadon Files: The catch phrase of the Republican National Convention, “We Built It,” was a staged response to a strategically clipped quote from a speech by President Obama. As part of the government versus business debate, it has hopefully run its course. But as a lesson on innovation,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Davis Roots
Good news for Davis Roots partner, the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which was just awarded a $1M grant to help launch sustainable agtech ventures. UC Davis is one of six recipients nationwide, and the only one in California, to receive a $1 million award in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Davis Roots
Davis Roots and the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invite you to join us for the Brown Bag Start-up Seminar Series Thursday, September 6 at Noon, when Christine Lamson Taylor, CFO of Wijit and former partner at Ernst & Young will discuss "Top 10 Financial Mistakes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Davis Roots
Great story of one of Davis Roots' first new ventures... Dr. Nora Khaldi's new venture, Nuritas, covered in the Davis Enterprise. More after the link: Under Davis Roots, Nuritas has grown Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Davis Roots
Davis Roots and the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invite you to join us for the Brown Bag Start-up Seminar Series Thursday, October 4th at Noon, when David Richardson, of DLA Piper will discuss "Top 10 Legal Mistakes Start-ups Make, and How to Avoid Them." The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Davis Roots
A business accelerator to support and keep startups in Davis opened Monday, and it already has two companies on board. Davis Roots, a collaboration between the city of Davis and the University of California Davis, is based in the Hunt-Boyer Mansion.Startups first are selected for the Davis Roots mentoring program,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Davis Roots
A new small-business accelerator is taking root in Davis with the goal of growing local firms and keeping them in the city. Davis Roots is a nonprofit developed by a University of California, Davis, professor and a former city official. That's important, said Davis Roots co-founder Anthony Costello, an entrepreneur... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Davis Roots
The bond between the Davis business community and UC Davis got a bit stronger this week as Davis Roots, a nonprofit business accelerator, unveiled its new headquarters Monday at the Hunt-Boyer Mansion. About 40 to 50 community members — including local business owners, UC Davis faculty, students and city leaders... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Davis Roots
Davis Roots, a recently formed nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and the University of California, Davis, officially opens its headquarters at the historic Hunt-Boyer Mansion today. The enterprise is geared toward supporting startup companies to succeed and stay in the city, with two companies ready to move... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Davis Roots
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From the ground up: New nonprofit Davis Roots to nurture start-ups As UC Davis works to spin out more start-up companies and the city of Davis mulls how best to keep them here, a new nonprofit organization aims to help both succeed.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Davis Roots
Davis Roots is opening its doors for business. We will be hosting our ribbon cutting and open house ceremony at our new home in Hunt-Boyer Mansion, 604 Second Street, in downtown Davis on Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m. We'll also be introducing the first two companies selected for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Davis Roots
Davis Roots is a non-profit start-up business accelerator with the shared goal of fostering the formation and early development of new high-growth ventures. Why Davis Roots? Companies started in Davis often move to other communities in search of funding, low-cost space, and an entrepreneurial workforce. Davis Roots was founded to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Davis Roots
Glad to hear it!!
Great comment, Evan. You're right there are few holdouts lefts where you'll find old school manufacturing in California, but it's still there in some places. And even when it's not, it's still driving companies like Apple and IDEO (where eventually someone has to make something they've designed). To me it's a bit like knowing where your food comes from. That said, I appreciate your sense of time. That was a few waves ago. The next wave was electronics (chips and circuit boards), which are still made on mfg lines, just very clean ones. And then we get to bits and bytes, which get written, not made. Whether these produce jobs in the long run is still anyone's guess. Your two manufacturing trends are important and we should find ways to engage with them while you're here. If you want some independent study credit, let's design a course around these trends.
Avisolo, the d.school is a promising approach. As a 2X graduate of the Stanford Product Design (undergrad and masters) I am a strong believer. There is much to be done to reshape the MBA curriculum and design thinking is a critical piece.
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