Delivering Innovation for the Enterprise

Title: Delivering Innovation for the Enterprise
Date: 2011-01-19
Speaker: Aaron Levie (Box.net)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
Enterprise technology today sucks. People need better solutions for their businesses.
Don’t start companies that don’t make sense to what you’re interested in.
People want to be able to work from anywhere.
Learn from organizations where there is a constant drumbeat of innovation.Book: Crossing the Chasm
We are in a period where a lot of people are adopting the cloud.
Borrow from everyone.
Take marketing ideas from Hollywood.
Take support ideas from Zappos.
It is hard to find the exact people you want to work with.
Life is too short to build an organization you don’t want to work at.
Do something that wasn’t possible three years ago.
Look for new technologies that are enabling your solution.
Do something you’re extremely passionate about.
Startups are very hard.
Don’t compromise.
If you feel comfortable you’re probably not doing it right.
You’re going to have to go well beyond your comfort zone.
Don’t write your obituary too early.
Make sure you’re optimizing on the right dimensions.
A benefit of starting companies with people you do know is there is a much higher degree of trust.
Positioning yourself in the market is extremely important.
It is important to think about how people are going to be competing with you and what factors they’re going to be competing with you on.
Pay attention to everything.
Learn from organizations where there is a constant drumbeat of innovation.