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The Growth and Bloom of Cooliris
Shoemaker Austin
1/21/2009
Audio Resource
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The team behind Cooliris - CEO Soujanya Bhumkar, Product Manager Josh Schwarzapel, and CTO Austin Shoemaker - discuss in detail the launch and management of their innovative web-discovery business. Topics discussed include cultivating vigorous start-up energy, building monetization into the product, and building an effective and talented team.

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Making a Big Company Feel Small
Briggs Teresa
1/28/2009
Audio Resource
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What's it like to work inside Deloitte? Managing Partner Teresa Briggs offers insight into the organization and its community outreach programs, and focuses on strategies employed to create intimacy and accountability on a smaller scale.

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Vision Matters
Huang Jensen
4/8/2009
Audio Resource
Summary:

Jensen Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVidia, discusses the importance of having a big vision when starting a new venture. He says that you should not be daunted when others, including early customers, don't share your vision because they don't share your world view. Huang's vision for NVidia involves building a culture of innovation, with the conviction that if you aren't reinventing yourself then you are slowly dying. This culture cultivates risk-taking and, therefore, fosters a tolerance for failure.

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Under the Lid of BioFuelBox
Fonstad Jennifer Scott
4/29/2009
Audio Resource
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Clean tech is the topic discussed between Steve Perricone, CEO of waste management and energy company BioFuelBox, and one of his investors, DFJ veteran VC Jennifer Scott Fonstad. In addition to discussing the company's technology, structure, and applications, they also expound on current stimulus dollars for alternative energy systems.

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The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Seelig Tina
5/27/2009
Audio Resource
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Stanford Technology Ventures Program's Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, <em>What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20</em>, cites numerous classroom successes of applied problem-solving and the lessons of failure.

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6 critical tips for launching a startup while holding a day job
Cohen Jason
3/24/2010
Article Resource
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Most people start their first company while they still have a day job. It makes sense: You don’t need loans. You don’t need funding. And if you “fail,” all you’ve lost is time.

But you’ve also placed yourself in a hazardous – potentially legally ambiguous – situation. If managed improperly, you’re unnecessarily risking lawsuits and worse.

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Entrepreneurship is Tough but Rewarding
Noobpreneur
3/30/2010
Article Resource
Summary:

One of our well-respected business bloggers, Scott Messinger, indicates in his articles that starting up a business is no child’s play. He mentioned that if you want to have more time with your family through your startup business, you should think again. From my experience, Scott’s advice is something that you should look up to.

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Can healthcare business owners save cash with consultants?
OConnell Brian
5/16/2011
Blog Resource
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Do healthcare business owners risk the financial health of their companies by acting as “lone wolves” on big decisions? This new study says “yes” -- but has a solution.

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Entrepreneurship Overview Video
Ruhe Thom
6/7/2011
VideoSeries Resource
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How do entrepreneurs change society? Is it through the potential of their ideas? Is it the passion that drives them? Or their ability to see opportunities where others cannot?  Is it the impact and innovation of the events that come from their work?  Or is it the belief that an idea can change the world?

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How healthcare startups can snag big business execs
OConnell Brian
6/15/2011
Blog Resource
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To attract big talent, healthcare business owners need to think big. Here are some ways to get the best high-level hires for medical device startups and other young companies.

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