Monthly Archives: November 2013

Lessons From China: The Evolution of The Globe's Largest Search Engine

Title: Lessons From China: The Evolution of The Globe’s Largest Search Engine
Date: 2009-09-23
Speaker: Robin Li (Baidu)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
Nobody needs to teach you to use a search engine.
China is a large, growing market.
Young companies do not plan for the long term. They are not patient enough.
Silicon Valley is the center of innovation.
Everyday you encounter new problems.

The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Title: The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Date: 2009-05-27
Speaker: Tina Seelig (STVP)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
All problems are opportunities. The bigger the problem the bigger the opportunity.
You teach creativity by getting people out of their comfort zone.
Experimenting is incredibly valuable.
Often we frame problems too tightly.
You need to be able to make your own luck.
Be curious.
Being an entrepreneur isn’t about turning lemons into lemonade–it is about turning lemonade into helicopters. You can make amazing things happen.
Fail fast and frequently.
If you’re not failing sometimes you’re not taking enough risks.
If you want more successes you’re going to have to put up with more failures.
It is okay to fail as long as you learn something from it.
Put yourself in a position where you’re willing to try and try again.
Don’t wait to be anointed.
When you’re getting a job you’re getting the keys to the building.
Success is infectious.
Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.
Everyday you have to find a way to be fabulous.
Be extremely motivated about solving a problem.

Clean Tech Challenges and Solutions

Title: Clean Tech Challenges and Solutions
Date: 2009-05-20
Speaker: Steve Westly (The Westly Group)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
There are a thousand things you can do, some of which you might not know at the time, that can make a difference.
You only have one life to spend.
Whatever you decide to do with your life–make it something big.
Don’t take no for an answer.
Living in Beijing is the equivalent of smoking 52 cigarettes a day.
The average American uses seven times the energy every day than the average person in China.
We need to slow population growth.
The expectation in China is to be profitable. There is no safety net.
Always look over your shoulder to see if anybody is doing it better or different.

The Path to More Inclusive Innovation

Title: The Path to More Inclusive Innovation
Date: 2013-11-20
Speaker: Sharon Vosmek (Astia)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
This is a time of profound ability to have an impact.
You have to dare to look at everything with a critical eye because everything is under change, challenge, and question.
Innovation matters on a global level and a personal level.
Get comfortable with uncomfortable.
When everybody is equally unsure you get exciting things happening.

Inside the Mind of a Reluctant Entrepreneur

Title: Inside the Mind of a Reluctant Entrepreneur
Date: 2009-05-13
Speaker: Jeff Hawkins (Numenta)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
Entrepreneurs are as different as there are as many of them.
If you can figure out how the brain works you can build machines that work on the same principles.
When you start a new company you can’t work part time anymore.
Starting a nonprofit is just as much work as starting a for-profit business.
You have to really care about what you’re doing.
Success isn’t just about working hard, it is about making the right choices.
Involve people in your problem.
Worry about your passions. Worry about being successful at it and all kinds of good things will happen.
You can’t worry about different circumstances.
If you’re batting .300 you’re doing great on product design stuff.
If you can come up with a better solution than your competitor, and do that consistently, you’ll end with success.

The Future of Microsoft, The Future of Technology

Title: The Future of Microsoft, The Future of Technology
Date: 2009-05-06
Speaker: Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
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They are always hiring. There is always a place at Microsoft for the most talented folks around.
The world has too much debt.
Microsoft and Apple were started during a recessionary period.
Most things you really need to grind on.
There is a lot of hard work to get from here to there.
Education is the one industry that never gets more efficient.
People are shaped by their personalities and experiences.
Things will only proceed in large measure at the speed of standards support.
There is rarely a really bad idea that gets funded.
Four times as much venture capital would not lead to four times as much innovation.
At the end of the day the ultimate test is if you get done what you wanted to get done.
If you have less revenue you have less to lose than the market leader does.
You have to have a clear sense of what your core competence and strategy is.
Understand not only what your own people are doing but what is going on in academia and startups.
Learn to read a balance sheet and understand cost accounting.

Under the Lid of BioFuelBox

Title: Under the Lid of BioFuelBox
Date: 2009-04-29
Speaker: Jennifer Scott Fonstad, Steve Perricone (BioFuelBox)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
There are good V.C.’s and bad V.C.’s.
Waste is expensive to get rid of.
There are a lot of ways to skin the cat.
How you scale businesses are dramatically different.
As a startup one of the toughest things to get is credibility.
Build a strong board.
It is really hard to build companies. Things do not work the way you think they will work.
Many companies blowup because of internal fighting.
Don’t attempt to start a company unless you really believe in its mission and objective.
Have fun along the way.
Trying to build a career is a misnomer. Figure out what gets you excited, gets you passionate, and gets you going in the morning.
Don’t be afraid to take the leap. Don’t take yourself too seriously if it doesn’t quite go the way you want it.
Don’t think about how things could go wrong. Think about how they could go right.
Think of life as an adventure.
You have to be self aware of what you’re good at to hire well.
People with a closed mindset tend to blame other people and don’t hire well.

Spotlight on Scalability

Title: Spotlight on Scalability
Date: 2009-04-22
Speaker: Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
If you’re trying to be an entrepreneur or a leader at a fundamental level you’re trying to have an impact.
Having impact is doing something that scales. It is beyond the one-to-one impact you can have as a person.
Leadership is finding a way to get a group of people to follow the mission with true enthusiasm.
People follow those whom they respect and trust.
Having a great vision is the basis for great leadership.
The information that you care the most about is about you and your friends.
A vision that scales is an integral part of great leadership.
Think about what the connectivity of the web (and mobile) is doing.
Distribution of words is free on the web.
When distribution became free the fundamental economics changed.
Use people’s time really wisely.
There is no truth. Everything is subjective.
Be a player not a victim.
Technology will not be the constraint anymore.
The majority of charity goes from the rich to the rich (churches, educational institutions, etc.)
People give to the things they can touch and see and feel.
Donors’ Choose.
You need a long run dream and a short term plan.
There is no substitute for execution.
Where is the value in what you are delivering?

Building an Organization, Building a Team

Title: Building an Organization, Building a Team
Date: 2009-04-15
Speaker: Mari Baker (PlayFirst)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
Stay narrow and focused.
It is a lot easier to make decisions if you have a value system.
You have to maintain credibility.
Most startups don’t succeed.
Find things where you understand how they tie back to making people’s lives better.
Wow your customers.
Engineers should work directly with the customers.
Focus.
Be conscious of what kind of company you want and what kind of culture you want.
You want people (employees) to always go a step farther.
Venture capitalists are you partner.
Not everybody’s money is the same.
If you’re pulling together people from different backgrounds you need to create a common foundation.

Vision Matters

Title: Vision Matters
Date: 2009-04-08
Speaker: Jensen Huang (NVidia)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
Building a company is extraordinarily gratifying but it is also incredibly hard.
Vision matters.
Everyone has a perspective.
Just because you’re a visionary doesn’t mean you’re a visionary about everything.
Perspective matters.
Moore’s law is a law of competition.
Innovation is a rather dangerous thing.
Intellect matters.
Training matters.
Unless you have passion it is going to be extremely difficult.
You have to ask yourself what the purpose is you’re building the company for.
Be honest to yourself.
If you’re not reinventing yourself you’re slowly dying.
You have to cannibalize your own products.
You don’t set the price. The competition sets the price.
The function of a manager is to allocate resources properly for the best return.
The competition sets the price but you decide on whether you do the project or not.
You have teach people how to take calculated risks. It is a skill.
If you want to be successful grow a tolerance for failure.
Don’t ever go into business with anyone you don’t deeply trust.
It is better to have a niche than to be everything to everyone.
Don’t be Jack of all trades, master of none.
Equity is another way of saying “what’s fair?”
Every successful thing needs to be torn down at some point.
You have to cultivate new leaders.
Ideas are a dime a dozen.