Ideas Are a Dime a Dozen

Ideas Are a Dime a Dozen

Notes on Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Volume 4 (2008-2009)

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Whats Inside?

Getting feedback from customers is the most valuable thing you will do as entrepreneurs. It is not outsourceable.

Steve Blank (Serial Entrepreneur)

Figure out how to find a long wave (a trend that will permeate your career for the next ten to thirty years).

Erik Straser (MDV)

It is an executive's job to be effective and do the right thing. It is a manager's job to be efficient and do something the right way.

William McDonough (Architect and Author)

Don't accept conventional wisdom blindly.

Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

Innovation is about the capacity to change.

Judy Estrin (JLabs)

Timing is luck. It is bad luck to have bad timing.

Anna Patterson (Cuil)

Be childlike as often as possible. Be childish as little as you can.

Tom Kelley (IDEO)

Don't be afraid to take risks. Life is way too short and you should maximize it.

Hugh Martin (Pacific Biosciences)

Time is just as big of an asset as capital is.

Soujanya Bhumkar, Josh Schwarzapel, Austin Shoemaker (Cooliris)

Reward your risk takers because sometimes they are driving the most innovative ideas.

Teresa Briggs (Deloitte)

Creative ability knows no boundaries.

Spencer E. Ante (BusinessWeek)

You gotta go to China.

Tom Siebel (First Virtual Group)

It begins with people and ends with people.

John Hennessy (Stanford)

Lead the charge in a new direction.

Tony Perkins, Tim Draper, Michael Moe (AlwaysOn)

You have to believe in yourself. You have to have the conviction in yourself to make something happen.

Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)

If you want to be successful grow a tolerance for failure.

Jensen Huang (NVidia)

Wow your customers.

Mari Baker (PlayFirst)

Use people's time really wisely.

Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

Don't think about how things could go wrong. Think about how they could go right.

Jennifer Scott Fonstad, Steve Perricone (BioFuelBox)

At the end of the day the ultimate test is if you get done what you wanted to get done.

Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)

Entrepreneurs are as different as there are as many of them.

Jeff Hawkins (Numenta)

You only have one life to spend.

Steve Westly (The Westly Group)

If you want more successes you're going to have to put up with more failures.

Tina Seelig (STVP)

A collection of notes from the inspirational lecture series "Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders". Read advice from 23 different lectures including leaders such as Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), and Steve Blank (serial entrepreneur).

"Try and fail but don't fail to try."

Vinod Khosla

Khosla Ventures

"There is no substitute for execution."

Sheryl Sandberg


"Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous."

Tina Seelig


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