Stanford University: Acquisitions, Lessons from All Sides by Jeff Seibert

Stanford University Entrepreneurship Corner video stated description: Jeff Seibert, senior director of product at Twitter, describes what went well and what didn’t during the acquisition of his earlier startups by big-name technology companies, stressing the importance of culture fit, maintaining your team’s trust throughout, and continued investment in growth after being acquired. Seibert also explains…

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Stanford University: Building Insights with Bricks and Mortar by James Beshara

Stanford University Entrepreneurship Corner video stated description: James Beshara, CEO and co-founder of mobile-crowdfunding platform Tilt, breathes new life into tired cliches, explaining the insights and inspiration they hold for entrepreneurs. Beshara, who has pushed the crowdfunding envelope since 2007, shares his belief in the power of the collective and seeing beyond individual data points…

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Stanford University: The Science and Incentives Behind Solar by Lyndon Rive and Tim Draper

Stanford University Entrepreneurship Corner video stated description: Lyndon Rive, Co-Founder and CEO of SolarCity, and Tim Draper, founding parter of the venture capital firm DFJ, discuss the clean-energy company’s mission to save the planet while exploring the many aspects of its business, from the science of solar power to the need for better government incentives…

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Stanford University: Accounting for Intuit’s Success by Scott Cook

Stanford University Entrepreneurship Corner video stated description: Intuit Co-Founder Scott Cook describes how the financial software company went from struggling startup to runaway market leader by staying focused on the customer and iterating and embracing surprises along the way. In a free-form talk guided by audience questions, Cook shares advice on leadership, perseverance and professional…

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Stanford University: Creating Your Own Canvas by Rebecca Lynn

Stanford University Entrepreneurship Corner video stated description: Rebecca Lynn, partner and founder at Canvas Ventures, shares her unlikely journey from the humble farming town of her childhood to the hotbed of technology innovation, fueled by engineering talent, entrepreneurial drive and solid guidance from mentors. Lynn describes her strategy for investing and observations about the world…

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Design Thinking Course from Stanford D School

Stanford Design Thinking Course Stanford Design School shares their “crash course in design thinking” to be used by everyone. It’s a short and fast-paced 90 minute workshop with an overview of how the design thinking process is facilitated with activities. I use and recommend this workshop which also comes with worksheets for participants to use and…

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Online Tools for Innovation

Innovative resources for webinars, communicating, & collaborating I did a 4 part online workshop series with a group of 50 educators and entrepreneurs on online tools for communication. We got people started on how to use the tools to create your own online program, webinar, webpage, video collection, or website. Here is the collection of my…

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Managing Innovation

Managing innovation is imperative for companies today. And while companies might have great, new ideas, it can be frightening to follow through with the ideas. Forbes’ Greg Sattell provides some tips to mange these innovations successfully. First, it is important to ask the two questions: How well is the problem defined, and, who is best…

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Innovation’s Hub Comes with a Price

New York Times’ post, “Goodbye, for Now, San Francisco”, is a personal reflection of the tech hub from two previous residents, Nick Bilton and Mike Isaac. The two explain the influence and inspiration of living in such a place where “the way technology pervades every part of the city. […] Last week, I walked past a…

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5 Traits to Make Your Business More Innovative

In 2007, The Mayo Clinic conducted a study to figure out the best practices of companies that most often succeed at innovation. As a result, they unearthed five traits that these companies share.   Belief System: Defining innovation and enforcing your mission with all of your employees is necessary from day one. Structure Equals Commitment: Structure will…

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