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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series
Hawkins Jeff
5/18/2005
VideoSeries Resource
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Jeff Hawkins is the Founder of Numenta, but he is also well known as the co-founder of two companies, Palm and Handspring, and as the architect of many computing products, such as the PalmPilot and the Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Hawkins has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. His interest in the brain led him to create the non-profit Redwood Neuroscience Institute (RNI), a scientific organization focused on understanding how the human neocortex processes information. While at RNI, Hawkins developed a theory of neocortex which appeared in his 2004 book, On Intelligence. Along with Dileep George and Donna Dubinsky, Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005 to develop a technology platform derived from his theory. It is his hope that Numenta will play a catalytic role in creating an industry based on this theory and technology. Jeff Hawkins earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

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Award Ignites Hotel Company CEO's Passion for Giving to Entrepreneurship
Gallegos Michael
10/1/2005
Article Resource
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Michael Gallegos has always believed in giving back, but he only recently discovered the importance of giving back to entrepreneurship.

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Doing Business in Western Europe, Part VI in an occasional series on International Business
10/1/2005
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This article provides a list of organizations and publications that assist companies ready to do business in Western Europe.

Go To Source (www.va-interactive.com)
Eleven Pitfalls to Avoid in Going Global
Delaney Laurel
10/1/2005
Article Resource
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Going global takes guts, the author asserts. You have to confront the unknown and make it look easy when it's not.

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New World Orders
10/1/2005
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This article in "Minnesota Technology" magazine provides stories of several entrepreneurs who pursued global sales strategies when homeland sales were lagging.

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How Small Is Too Small for an ESOP?
11/1/2005
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Basic guidelines that can help determine if and when an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is right for your company.

Go To Source (www.nceo.org)
Steps to Setting Up an ESOP
11/1/2005
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If you have decided an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is worth investigating, there are several steps to take to implement a plan. This article outlines the process including valuation, funding, finding a lawyer and trustee, and more.

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Complying with Government Regulations
FastTrac
11/11/2005
Article Resource
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All businesses, regardless of type, must comply with statutes and regulations, which come from all levels of government. These include regulations covering occupational safety and health as well as persons with disabilities.

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Evaluating Your Business's Legal Structure
FastTrac
11/11/2005
Article Resource
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The more you can use legal protections to safeguard your business, such as choosing the right legal structure at start-up, the easier it becomes to ensure nothing enters that could harm your business.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series
Bartz Carol
3/1/2006
VideoSeries Resource
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Carol Bartz is executive chairman of the board of Autodesk, Inc. Bartz was chairman, president and CEO of Autodesk for 14 years and stepped-down in April, 2006. During her tenure, the company diversified its product line and grew revenues from $285 million to $1.523 billion in FY06. Bartz previously held positions at Sun Microsystems, 11 years ago serving as vice president of worldwide field operations and an executive officer of the company. Before joining Sun, she held product line and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation. Appointed to President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Bartz is one of a select group of industry leaders expected to play a key role in shaping and setting the government's high tech agenda-ranging from R&D funding to new broadband incentives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of BEA Systems, Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and the Foundation for the National Medals of Science and Technology. Bartz holds an honors degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. She was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from William Woods University.

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