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Why A Startup Is Not A Big Company
Wendy Torrance
1/22/2014
Blog Resource
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Once you've heard the insight--that startups are different from big companies--it seems so obvious. Yet too often entrepreneurs, and those that teach them, approach the building of new companies with the same goals, staff structures and assumptions that motivate the management of large companies. Startup founders build teams to focus on engineering, and on the process of creating a product and bringing it to market.

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From Stanford to Startup
Systrom Kevin Krieger Mike
5/11/2011
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Instagram Co-Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger challenge many of the myths surrounding startups and the lives of entrepreneurs. Both former Mayfield Fellows with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Systrom and Krieger share their first-hand experiences of the entrepreneurial process, including identifying good problems to solve and the value in building simple solutions and minimum viable products. Systrom and Krieger also discuss aspects of their co-founder working relationship and their efforts to maintain a balance between work and life.

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Stimulating Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace
Sutton Robert I
8/26/2006
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Robert Sutton, Co-Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University focuses on what it takes to stimulate innovation and creativity in the workplace and relates the key points from his book "Weird Ideas that Work."

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The Entrepreneurial Case for ISO Standards
Glynn Leo T Stowe Ralph S
9/24/2003
Article Resource
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Entrepreneurial companies should consider complying with an internationally recognized set of quality standards known as ISO as a way to mitigate risk, benchmark progress, and attract customers to an untested enterprise, say the founders of a consultancy.

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A Paperless Way to Track Receipts
Spero Les PhD
7/22/2010
Article Resource
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Les Spero tells the story of business operations challenges he once faced that led him to create technology to help businesses like his become more efficient and profitable.

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Weekly Wisdom from Kauffman: America’s high-growth health and drug companies reside in some unexpected locales
Christina Sherwood
2/28/2013
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More than 6 percent of Inc. 500 firms work in the health and drug space, making it the No. 5 industrial sector for these fast-growing companies from 2005 to 2010. But these medical innovators aren’t all concentrated in the Silicon Valley.

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How early-stage healthcare companies can move fast - despite slow health systems
Christina Sherwood
9/10/2013
Blog Resource
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It's the classic conundrum for healthcare entrepreneurs: You want your business to move fast and grow quickly, but it can take months for large health systems to make a decision about your product or service.

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Weekly Wisdom from Kauffman: How entrepreneurs can improve productivity and quality in healthcare
Christina Sherwood
3/21/2013
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With U.S. healthcare costs rising about 2.5 percent faster than inflation, there’s an urgent need to improve productivity and quality in American healthcare. A Kauffman Foundation report found that open access to medical data could help find that cost-benefit balance.

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Morpheus Medical: Co-founder shares insights on securing funding and managing costs
Christina Sherwood
3/12/2013
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With the goal of revolutionizing cardiac MRI, Morpheus Medical has developed software that takes the process from three hours to about 20 minutes. The company was launched about a year and a half ago when entrepreneurs who wanted to use computational processing to help with the diagnosis of disease came together with radiologists from Stanford University to commercialize the product.

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Weekly Wisdom from Kauffman: Immigrant scientists help to improve cancer survival rates
Christina Sherwood
3/7/2013
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With immigrants in more than 40 percent of the cancer researcher slots at America’s top cancer institutes, these scientists are playing an integral role in improving cancer survival rates in the United States, according to a Kauffman Foundation-funded National Foundation for American Policy report released last month.

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