Real Business attended the Sage Summit 2016 in Chicago, where one of the guest speakers was Ashton Kutcher. And while the Hollywood star may be best known for his exploits in film and TV, the actor has become a respected investor in over 100 companies, so we've taken a look at the incredible transition.
When it comes to scaling, money can often be the motive, but Sage CMO Santiago Solanas offered some insights from his 25 years’ worth of experience in the business world to state that it’s actually the founders who can be the barrier standing in the way of growth – not the purse strings.
The sharing economy is a hot area for business growth, but the giving economy is a lesser known, albeit rising, sector that was given its moment in the sun during day three of the Sage Summit 2016 on 27 July.
It's day three of the Sage Summit, and Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel have flown into Chicago to discuss making the switch from Tinseltown to trade with respective businesses Goop and HelloGiggles.
Day two of the Sage Summit 2016 has come to an end. With Richard Branson the main attraction for the day, other developments saw Sage CEO Stephen Kelly talk inspiration, the Internet of Things and instant messaging met finance, while international trade minister Liam Fox dropped into Chicago to discuss the UK-US relationship in the post-Brexit world.
Kicking off day two of the Sage Summit 2016, Sage CEO Stephen Kelly grilled Richard Branson on stage, which saw the billionaire entrepreneur discuss chasing the impossible and how he overcame his darkest day.
Real Business is currently in attendance at the Sage Summit 2016 in Chicago. Kicking off day one in a memorable fashion to set the tone for the week, former American football star and Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka led the grand opening of the event, which is set to have 15,000 entrepreneurs in attendance.
The Sage Summit is now underway and we learned the provider of accounting technologies is not taking its position lightly, as the firm is on a quest to become the most sought after service provider on the planet, drawing comparisons with Braveheart along the way.