Technology: One of the fun things that I get to do as an advisor is read through lots of business plans. OK, not so much fun, but interesting. While a business plan is a serious document, the best business plans have some life to them. You want to be able to use color, text formatting and some graphical images to help make the best case and to keep your reader engaged. Full pages of 10 point Times-Roman will put anyone to sleep. A new feature in Office 2007, called SmartArt, can help to give your business document a little life. Don’t overuse this or it will become like clip art, but a judicious use of these types of elements will go a long way to ensuring that your reader is still awake at the end of your document.
Entrepreneurship: New ideas for products and services are out there folks. I pointed last week to Mark Cuban’s Open Source Funding idea. From the reader of this blog, I got a business summary for a new magazine that could be developed. And lastly, with a combination of technology and social action, Joshua Silver created a new product that literally allows people in poor areas of the world, to see.
Friday Fun: So, in these turbulent financial times, maybe you should go back to basics. How about becoming a semi driver? It may not be as easy as it seems.
Weekend Video: Public television station WGBH in Boston produces Frontline. If you are at all interested in finding out more about how the financial crisis developed, take an hour this weekend and watch this video. And if you want Mark Cuban’s humorous look at the crisis, check this video out.