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A group of nearly 30 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, faculty, staff, and students from around the world met in Ithaca in November 2016 for the Entrepreneurship is Global Roundtable hosted by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE) at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. The event was held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Participants focused on identifying entrepreneurial talents, the benefits and challenges presented by the “Internet of Things,” entrepreneurship in China, and the growth of the craft beverage industry. Among the conclusions drawn from the wide-ranging discussion were that Gallup’s Entrepreneurial Profile 10, a psychometric assessment designed to identify the top ten talents consistently exhibited in successful entrepreneurs, can be an effective team development tool for a venture. The Internet of Things may provide valuable cost savings, decision-making capabilities, and productivity gains, participants said, but technology security remains an issue in a highly connected, sharing society. A discussion of China’s tourism and travel industry revealed that the industry could benefit from revenue management practices in addressing the lack of data and analysis in the market. The success of the craft beverage industry demonstrates the value of providing both products and experiences for consumers, participants noted, with collaboration a key element in creating popular destinations around the world.


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