Monthly Archives: July 2014

Launching into Uncharted Space

Title: Launching into Uncharted Space
Date: 2013-02-27
Speaker: Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick, Ching-Yu Hu (Skybox Imaging)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Hiring your friends when you need to hire fast sometimes actually works. (Dan Berkenstock)
Develop a healthy disrespect for seemingly impossible tasks. Nothing is too big.Rapidly iterate your technology to market but don’t kill your team in the process. (Dan Berkenstock)
All it really takes is a simple idea. (Dan Berkenstock)
For getting a business going (the idea) isn’t sufficient. You have to find that near-term path to revenue to make the company tick, to make investors happy, to make it all work. (Julian Mann)
Passion is a really infectious thing. (Ching-Yu Hu)
Don’t take no for an answer. (Ching-Yu Hu)
Be scrappy. (Ching-Yu Hu)
Most of the times you’d be surprised at what you can get if you just ask. (Ching-Yu Hu)
Develop a healthy disrespect for seemingly impossible tasks. Nothing is too big. (Ching-Yu Hu)
Learn how to scale your transparency. (Ching-Yu Hu)
Always error on full disclosure. (Ching-Yu Hu)
You have to grow from being an entrepreneur to an executive. It takes years. (Dan Berkenstock)
If you’re going to start a company you need to think about what you want your life to be like the next five years. (Dan Berkenstock)

The Path to Palantir

Title: The Path to Palantir
Date: 2013-02-20
Speaker: Stephen Cohen (Palantir)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Focus on having a positive impact.So much of entrepreneurship cannot be taught. So much of it has to be learned through experience.
There is a lot computers can’t do.
Computers will do all things computers can possible do.
The users ultimately don’t know the product they want.
Have long-term time horizons.
It is very important in any startup to generate as much momentum as possible.
You want to take that long-term time horizon and focus it in the most creative and energetic way possible.
Focus on having a positive impact.

An Enterprising Approach to Investment

Title: An Enterprising Approach to Investment
Date: 2013-02-13
Speaker: Cindy Padnos, Thomas J. Kosnik (Illuminate Ventures)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Every time there is a shift in technology there is a change in the business processes and a fundamental change in the way companies do business. (Cindy Padnos)
Lean startup doesn’t mean cheap. It means being capital efficient in the early years while you fine tune. (Cindy Padnos)
A quick no is better than a lingering maybe.Relationships matter a lot. (Cindy Padnos)
It is a lot easier to raise capital for a startup than it is for a venture capital fund. (Cindy Padnos)
A-quality people hire other A-quality people and B-quality people hire C-quality people. (Cindy Padnos)
A quick no is better than a lingering maybe. (Cindy Padnos)
Never do your first deal. (Cindy Padnos)
You never, ever, ever make an investment you’re rushing into for any reason. Ever. (Cindy Padnos)
Business buyers fundamentally demand choice. (Cindy Padnos)
If you are doing early stage investing you have to invest in what you know. (Cindy Padnos)
It is really hard to create and replicate what we have here in Silicon Valley. (Cindy Padnos)

Calling All Entrepreneurial Heroes

Title: Calling All Entrepreneurial Heroes
Date: 2013-02-06
Speaker: Tim Draper (DFJ)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
If you are creative enough you can start a business that spreads all over the world.There are a lot of global opportunities.
If you are creative enough you can start a business that spreads all over the world.
If you’re in a startup you’ll do anything to make sure the thing works.
There is some great technology coming out of Russia.
Entrepreneurs are in great demand in countries around the world.
Things are spreading faster around the world.
When you go after something make sure you go after something very big.
Wherever there is a monopoly go after that. Go blow it up.
Look for zeros in your business model.
Entrepreneurs are heros.