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Community-Based Organizations
Baker Mitchell
5/23/2007
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Mitchell Baker, "Chief Lizard Wrangler" at Mozilla, discusses the organization's unique, community-based culture and how it has contributed to their success. She explains how freedom, openness, and dedication to improving Internet usability fosters extraordinary contributions from Mozilla's employees and volunteers.

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Entrepreneurial Practices for High-Impact Non-Profits
Benninger Christine
2/6/2008
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The Humane Society of Silicon Valley had gone to the dogs before president Christine Benninger took hold of the leash in 1993.  By nearly every metric - profits earned, animals saved, customers satisfied - she outlines how proven business practices transformed the HSSV into best of breed.

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Retooling Early Stage Development
Blank Steve
10/1/2008
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Ninety-percent of Silicon Valley's start-ups fail not because of faulty product, but because they don't tap the right market and they don't know their customer. Well-seasoned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank drafts a new model for plotting the path between good idea and market success.

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The Dynamic Relationship Between an Entrepreneur and VC
Bloom Ron
1/31/2007
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Ray Lane, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Ron Bloom, CEO of PodShow, describe their relationship in building an online media entertainment company focused on meeting the fast-changing demands of today's web users.

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Making a Big Company Feel Small
Briggs Teresa
1/28/2009
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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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The Next Wave of Corporate Philanthropy
Brilliant Larry
5/14/2008
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In contrast to simply donating dollars for public relations benefit, in-house altruism today means ubiquitous dedication to real causes. Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director for Google.org, points out that effective business-backed giving means global outreach, partnerships with experts at the heart of solving problems, and a dedicated percentage of gross income to keep these projects afloat.

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Ten Enduring Success Factors for High Technology Entrepreneurship
Byers Tom
1/18/2006
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Stanford University professor, Tom Byers, discusses ten enduring success factors of high-technology entrepreneurship, including planning, teamwork, venture financing, leadership, cash flow, market positioning, partnerships, and identifying business opportunities.

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The Path to an Acquisition
Crosby Brett
2/13/2008
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Brett Crosby, Group Manager of Google Analytics, describes the ebb and flow of the process by which his web analytics company, Urchin, was acquired by Google.  He also shares some inspirational lessons in making small business loom large.

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Representing the Socially Responsible Enterprise
Dunn Debra
2/27/2008
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The co-founders of B Lab, Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan, and Andrew Kassoy, unveil their infrastructure play that seeks to give voice to the burgeoning panoply of green business.  They explain how a higher set of corporate standards accountable to the environment, employees, and the community, can craft a healthier corporate ecosystem for all.

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Lessons from the Electric Roadster
Eberhard Martin
10/10/2007
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Martin Eberhard is the Co-Founder, President of Technology and former CEO of Tesla Motors, a company that produces the Tesla Roadster, a battery-powered electric sports car. Eberhard discusses his inspiring journey of diverse experiences in building Tesla Motors. He describes the lessons he learned: from the realization of doing something meaningful to thinking an idea through and aggressively following all leads. Tesla Motors which started with two employees is now more than 250 employees strong.

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