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Part of 2010 Conference on Entrepreneurship. What things typically trip up an entrepreneur in starting and running a company? Is it getting the right business partner? Is it having the killer technology? How does one recover from major setbacks? A panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, angels, venture capitalists, and board members discuss the common pitfalls most new entrepreneurs encounter when building their businesses. Read entrepreneurship stories: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/entrepreneurship/ Watch more entrepreneurship videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4bqFvq4dZU&list=PLxq_lXOUlvQCr9xk2F6yX2f8oakDqEqOb Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stanfordbiz Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StanfordGSB
Entrepreneurial Thoughts Drew Houston is CEO and co-founder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service relied upon by millions around the world. Drew leads all of Dropbox's activities, and is actively involved in its business and product decisions. Before founding Dropbox, Drew attended MIT's Course 6 (Computer Science). He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer for Bit9. After graduating from MIT, Drew recognized that people needed a way to bring their files with them without sending email attachments or carrying USB drives. He began writing a solution to this problem in early 2007 before demo-ing an early version to Arash Ferdowsi in Boston. The two of them then began working o...
Part of 2010 Conference on Entrepreneurship. Description: A group of entrepreneurs talk about what they learned in the trenches that they never could have learned in a classroom. The panelists will also share the courses that were most helpful to them in their entrepreneurial ventures, the courses that they wished they had taken, and the topics that business schools should be teaching to aspiring entrepreneurs. Read entrepreneurship stories: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/entrepreneurship/ Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stanfordbiz Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StanfordGSB
Michael Moritz (Chairman, Sequoia Capital) hosts a fireside chat with Patrick Collison (Cofounder & CEO, Stripe), and Apoorva Mehta (Founder & CEO, Instacart). The discussion will centers on the future of engineering and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Presented by Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, California Gamma Chapter at Stanford University.
At the 38th annual ENCORE Award event on September 24, 2015, the Stanford Graduate School of Business honored Alibaba Group. Jack Ma, Lead Founder and Executive Chairman, discussed entrepreneurship in a fireside chat with Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, BS/MS ’90.
At the 36th annual ENCORE Award event on October 2, 2013, Stanford Graduate School of Business honored Tesla Motor CEO and Product Architect, Elon Musk. Chairman of the ENCORE Selection Committee Geoff Yang (MBA '85) describes why Tesla Motors was selected: 04:20 Fireside Chat with Steve Jurvetson (MBA '95) and Elon Musk: 07:55 Elon Musk discusses 3 areas he thought would have a positive impact on the future: Sustainable energy, Internet and making life multi-planetary 09:00 Elon Musk: "I didn't get into any of this with the expectation of success." 10:46 Why Elon Musk decided to study at Stanford in 1995 11:23 Choosing to focus on the Internet versus electric vehicle technology 11:45 Humble beginnings: When Elon Musk started his first Internet company 13:35 Elon Musk on being t...
As part of the 2011 GSB Entrepreneurship Conference, John Paul DeJoria, Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patron Spirits Company, delivered a keynote address. John Paul DeJoria's rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream - he is a first generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, government servant, and pillar of the business community. Chapters: 1. How America Still Works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hndfUwPpzyQ#t=0m20s 2. John Paul Mitchell: A Global Company is Born http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hndfUwPpzyQ#t=2m49s 3. Starting a Business with Little or No Money http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hndfUwPpzyQ#t=4m54s 4. How to Build Your Business http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hndfUwPpzyQ#t=8m02s 5. Product Placement and Design ...
My Story as a [Korean Woman] Entrepreneur - YoonJin Chang, LifeSite This seminar series explores the most recent trends, patterns, and challenges of entrepreneurship in Asia and their relevance to Silicon Valley and the U.S. Guest speakers include entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, and other experts on the current entrepreneurial ecosystems of major Asia economies.
Oprah Winfrey discusses the qualities that made her a top-rated talk show host. She spoke at Stanford Graduate School of Business' View From The Top speaker series on April 16, 2014. Watch the full video: http://youtu.be/6DlrqeWrczs Learn more about the View From The Top series: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/cldr/events/vftt.html
Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder & Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, discusses his philosophy on investing in technical founders and the role of technology in today's startups. Andreessen also addresses the kind of entrepreneurs and ideas his venture capital firm look for: "Big breakthrough ideas often seem nuts the first time you see them." Related article: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/marc-andreessen-we-are-biased-toward-people-who-never-give More about the View From The Top speaker series: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/vftt All View From The Top videos: http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC5C14B375A7F2FEA8
Take an inside look at Stanford's "Startup Garage" class, where students go from concept to company over the course of two quarters. Interdisciplinary teams from across the university work together to develop, prototype and test a new product or service, create a business model, and pitch investors for seed funding. Professor Stefanos Zenios says the class emphasizes design thinking and encourages students to engage directly with potential customers. Veteran venture capitalists Russell Siegelman and Richard Lin help the students hone their pitches. And many students get funding from angel investors and venture capitalists to develop their businesses, and go on to pursue careers as Silicon Valley entrepreneurs after graduation. Learn more about Startup Garage (S356): http://startup.gsb.st...
Mark Dwight steered San Francisco's iconic bike messenger bag maker Timbuk2 back from the brink of bankruptcy to profitability, and a $20 million sale to private equity investors in 2005, before leaving to start his own company Rickshaw Bagworks. He's a passionate advocate for the "maker movement", who believes that micro-manufacturers, like his small cut-and-sew factory in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, are the future of American manufacturing. He earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1989, and says he's learned over the years that being an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley doesn't have to mean working in the tech industry. Learn more about Rickshaw Bagworks: http://www.rickshawbags.com Learn more about Mark Dwight's non-profit SF Made, which supports local ma...
"Don't settle" Google co-founder Larry Page provides several tips for entrepreneurs. Tip 1: Just don't settle. Especially with employees, it is very important to find great people you are compatible with. Tip 2: There is a benefit from being real experts. Experience pays off. Tip 3: Have a healthy disregard for the impossible. Stretch your goals. Tip 4: It is OK to solve a hard problem. Solving hard problems is where you will get the biggest leverage. Tip 5: Don't pay attention to the VC bandwagon. Don't start a company just because you can.
Preview the online course: Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset (XINE257) More info: http://create.stanford.edu/courses/cultivating-entrepreneurial-mindset.php What are the key ingredients that drive success in entrepreneurial companies? How do entrepreneurs capitalize on new ideas and bring them to market? In this course, you will gain valuable insight into how entrepreneurs start companies and probe the unique mindset that often accompanies a successful venture. Through engaging lectures and hands-on projects, you will discover the best practices of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and get to test and implement your own startup ideas. Learn How To: -Transfer technology ideas to market -Use the fundamentals of resource development, including talent and c...
This special presentation features a panel of Stanford alumni reflecting on their personal entrepreneurial experiences at Stanford and in the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem. This conversation follows a presentation of remarkable results from the Stanford Innovation Survey, measuring the economic impact of Stanford alumni engaged in entrepreneurial activity. View more clips and share your comments at http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=3017
Stanford Ignite is a certificate program that teaches innovators to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. In this program, you will be exposed to both the fundamentals of business, and the practical aspects of identifying and evaluating business ideas and moving them forward. Stanford Ignite is offered on the Stanford campus in Silicon Valley as well as in Bangalore, India, Santiago, Chile, Paris, France, and Beijing, China. Learn more: http://stnfd.biz/w07oe
In this seminar, entrepreneurial leaders share lessons from real-world experiences across entrepreneurial settings. Speakers include entrepreneurs, leaders from global technology companies, venture capitalists, and best-selling authors. Half-hour talks are followed by a half hour of class interaction. Learn More: http://stanford.io/V5YQ0b
Here's a very interesting (and prescient) talk by Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and X.com/PayPal). (October 08, 2003) "Elon Musk, co-founder, CEO, and chairman of PayPal, shares his background: He was accepted into Stanford but deferred his admission to start an internet company in 1995. His company was zip2 which helped the media industry convert their content to electronic medium. Then, he sold the company for over $300 million and never came back to Stanford." Historical notes: At the time of filming the US Space Shuttle fleet was still grounded after the destruction of Space Shuttle Columbia in February 2003. SpaceX was less than a year and half old (it had 30 employees and outsourced the heavy machining work, now it has 3000+ and outsources very little) and Tesla Motors...
http://scpd.stanford.edu/coursesSeminars/seminarsAndWebinars.jsp - Every successful thing needs to be torn down and rebuilt. In more of an intimate conversation than a lecture, Huang relates his experience as an engineer, entrepreneur, and innovator. Find out how he meets the ever-constant challenge of re-invention as co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA.
Advice for entrepreneurs, from Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China Neil Shen: "Go with your heart. You have to really love what you do, otherwise it will be difficult to sustain." During his Stanford GSB Global Speakers Series talk on Monday, November 9, Shen offered wisdom for entrepreneurs in China on how to pursue business ideas and build a core founding team. Read more of his top takeaways on Twitter: stanford.io/1SJnsLW
-Hemant Shah, Risk Management Solutions In this seminar, entrepreneurial leaders share lessons from real-world experiences across entrepreneurial settings. Speakers include entrepreneurs, leaders from global technology companies, venture capitalists, and best-selling authors. Half-hour talks are followed by a half hour of class interaction. Learn More: http://stanford.io/V5YQ0b
Peter Fenton, Benchmark Capital, introduces rising star Jess Lee, 1st time CEO of Polyvore. Together they explore the defining characteristics of a successful CEO within the context of determining the potential of a 1st time CEO. In this seminar, entrepreneurial leaders share lessons from real-world experiences across entrepreneurial settings. Speakers include entrepreneurs, leaders from global technology companies, venture capitalists, and best-selling authors. Half-hour talks are followed by a half hour of class interaction. Learn More: http://stanford.io/V5YQ0b