The Startup Equation with Ja-Naé Duane

Starting a business? On this episode of The Big Bang Podcast I talk to Ja-Naé Duane, serial entrepreneur and co-author of The Startup Equation, about her mission to help one million entrepreneurs worldwide create one trillion dollars for the global economy.

For over 20 years, Ja-Naé Duane focused on one mission: make life better for as many people as possible. With that goal in mind she founded or co-founded five different organizations, including Wild Women Entrepreneurs, The Leaders, the National Artistic Effort, and the Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition.

This award-winning innovator currently leads the Revolution Institute while also teaching at Emerson College and Northeastern University. At Clark University, she holds the position of Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

The author of “How to Start Your Business with $100” and “The Startup Equation” Ja-Naé excels at advising startups because she understands from personal experience what it means to be an social entrepreneur. Over the years, her work has caught the attention of The Associated Press, NPR, Classical Singer Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Business Week. In 2007, she was nominated as one of New England’s Most Innovative Leaders of 2007.

“The Startup Equation” marks her first official book collaboration with husband and best friend Steven Fisher.

The Startup Equation is a visually guide that helps people turn their ideas into reality.

Here are some questions we discussed:

  • What is your motivation behind writing a book about startups?
  • What is the startup equation?
  • Why should people care?
  • What are the forces if innovation that are impacting business?

Watch the recording or listen to the audio below:

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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.

Originally published at on March 24, 2016.

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