Leadership and Disruptive Technologies

Title: Leadership and Disruptive Technologies
Date: 2010-10-20
Speaker: Thomas Prescott (Align Technology)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Everything is still possible.
They always fire the sales and marketing guy first.
It is not often a great entrepreneur can be a great operator.
The is much more pressure on companies with big ideas that require large amounts of capital.
When you’re in a hole don’t keep digging. Step out of the hole.
The time you should press the most is when you’re doing the best.
At every stage of the company there are very different challenges.
Life is too short. Have open, honest discussions.
Employees run out of gas when they work really hard but don’t get things done.
Companies have a stated culture and an invisible culture.
When you’re looking for a job find out what the real culture is.
There are lots of big problems out there.
Be patient for growth. Don’t be patient on profitability.
Everything starts with having the right team.
The people you start with might not be the people you can scale with.
If you’re sleepwalking then change it.
If you’re in a job you don’t like then get out of it.
Find a place you can make a difference.
Life is all about passion.
It is hard to mobilize an entire organization without compelling vision, mission, and passion. It had better be genuine.
You have to figure out a way to make money or you’re going to cease to exist.
If you’re not making money then you’re not in control of your own life.
Execution is most of the game.
Going too fast is far better than going too slow.
Procrastination is the mother of all ineptitude.
Stay humble, hungry, and paranoid that somebody can come after your business.
Any leader casts a shadow both good and bad.
We’re all human. None of us are perfect.
Everybody (V.C.) is becoming more risk averse.
Nobody wants to take any risk.
Only 8% of the world’s population has basic access to a doctor.