Fixing Problems for Starters, Incubators, and Accelerators
The average start-up has 99 problems, but access to good business intelligence information through their librarian shouldn't be one.
Check out a post-SXSW 2014 piece that EveryLibrary put together that helps frame the library as a resource and the librarian as a "problem fixer" for starters and entrepreneurs at any point in their business development life cycle. We want librarians and libraries seen as key resources in new business development ecosystem in this country. They already help fix problems, teach information literacy to start-ups, and open the hidden web to discovery. But not enough people know it.
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The Secret Startup Resource You’re Probably Overlooking
by John Chrastka, via Nibletz
March 13, 2014
For successful startup founders, it is critical to understand the distinction between unavoidable challenges and unforced mistakes. Too many startups fail as a result of the same set of predictable mistakes: poor planning, poor timing, poor understanding offinance. It is poor business intelligence. Starters who lack access to the right information or the skills to put that information to work are at a disadvantage.
Smart startup founders look outside their own networks to bring in new skills and gain better access. For better business intelligence, the best person to add to your information network is a librarian. Whether online via chat or at your local library, she can help you navigate the library’s vast, free resources to find the information you need and avoid common, costly mistakes....(more)