Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ratan Tata Discusses Business in India

Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest and most successful business conglomerate, spoke at Cornell University on April 10, 2006 as the 26th Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education. Being named a Hatfield fellow is considered the highest honor the university awards to distinguished individuals from the corporate sector.

His talk was entitled, "The Imperative for Change in the India of Today." Tata discussed the fact that India's stability as the world's largest democracy could be threatened if the country's businesses don't embrace social responsibilty.

Listen to Tata's lecture in eClips.

Read more about Tata's lecture in the Cornell Chronicle article.

All Work And Know Play

When I say that I am entrepreneurial, I am looking for the way to find the means to work as an artist.

Rachel Lampert has been the Artistic Producing Director for Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY since 1997. Prior to that, she was a playwright, dancer and choreographer.

During this interview, Lampert discusses her initial background in dance and how that evolved into choreography and later playwriting. She also shares her own personal challlenges in the realization that to be a successful artist, one must also learn to be entrepreneurial.

Learn more about this fascinating path to entrepreneurship when Rachel Lampert speaks to eClips.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A Company That Suits Women

"At Malia Mills we don't want to change the way you look, we want to change the way you look at yourself. Our mission is to inspire women, no matter what brand of swimwear she has on, to look in the mirror and to smile at what she sees."

With one of the most popular advertisements during this year's Superbowl being Dove's Campaign For Real Beauty ad, it is obvious that more attention is being paid to self esteem and body image among women.

That's old news to design entrepreneurs like Malia Mills. Mills started her swimwear company in 1992 with a revolutionary idea of selling swimwear as separates. Her corporate tagline of "Love Thy Differences" embraces that founding philosophy and reiterates the point that Malia Mills is a "beauty" company rather than a "fashion" company.

Mills' swimwear has been featured in the most recent issue of "Real Simple" magazine but has also enjoyed coverage in "Oprah", "Elle", "Glamour", "Vogue" and "Sports Illustrated" to name a few.

This recent success shouldn't imply that the road hasn't been bumpy. To hear what Malia has to say about her experience as an entrepreneur and designer, listen to her interview in the eClips collection.

Interested in hearing from more designers who have braved the world of entrepreneurship? Check out the eClips collection of interviews related to Textiles and Design or the eClips theme entitled Designers As Entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Update on Bill Trenchard

"Just jump into the deep end of the pool."

Of course, if you are Bill Trenchard and heading up your third comapny at the ripe old age of 30, jumping into the deep end is probably a little less intimidating than for the rest of us.

Bill Trenchard was just selected as one of BusinessWeek's "Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs". Read more about Bill in the BusinessWeek article.

To hear what Bill has to say about entrepreneurship and his personal experiences as a young entrepreneur, check out Bill's two interviews and one lecture in the eClips collection.