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The Art of Negotiation
Christensen Stan
10/31/2007
Audio Resource
Summary:

Stan Christensen is a partner at Arbor Advisors, an investment banking firm where he negotiates on behalf of mid-market technology companies. In this lecture, Christensen builds a framework and illuminates a few of the classical mistakes in negotiation. He defines negotiation as an attempt to persuade or influence a situation. He emphasizes relationship management and problem solving as being fundamental to negotiation. He also alludes to the conceptual framework by illustrating examples from his vast global experience.

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Buddy System
11/1/2007
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This brief but insightful article offers five guidelines to help decide if an alliance would help your company, as well as someone else's. Partnering can provide immediate access to technology, distribution, and other infrastructure without the time and expense of in-house development.

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The Growth of Solar Ventures
Bawden Larry
11/7/2007
Audio Resource
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Larry Bawden is a co-founder of Jadoo Power, an innovative supplier of fuel cells, and Q1 Nanosytems, a next-generation photo-voltaics provider. Bawden addresses the new landscape in technology and energy and notes the pivotal role of newer technologies in the global economy. He talks about the four fundamental planetary crises - Global Warming, Peak Oil, Population Peak and Resource Depletion that are driving changes in world. Bawden also acknowledges the rise of third generation technology and the fundamental shifts in business that it has created. He believes that these changes have created a favorable environment to launch new ventures.

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Bite Your Tongue
11/8/2007
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Communicating before groups can be key to an entrepreneur's success, whether they be employees, customers, or potential investors. Following these eight, quick-read tips will boost your odds of "wowing" your audience.

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How Many Stock Options Should I Give An Advisor?
11/8/2007
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Granting non-qualified stock options to an advisor is common during startup to ensure success, but vesting schedules must be considered, too. Much of the value advisors provide is early on, so a long-term relationship may not be productive. Here are some strategies.

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Speaking as a Performing Art
11/8/2007
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Making a presentation that will engage an audience is the goal of most entrepreneurs who are pitching to investors, selling to customers, or motivating employees. If you put these fantastic fifteen tips to work, they will put you on the road to public speaking success.

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Connecting Common Experiences
Berjikly Armen
11/14/2007
Audio Resource
Summary:

Armen Berjikly, the Founder and CEO of The Experience Project, and Julio Vasconcellos, VP of Business Development discuss their experience of building a technology start-up that unites people who can improve each other's lives. Berjikly discusses how he built his new venture from fund raising to establishing the company infrastructure. He talks about the importance of hiring the right people to work in a start-up and illustrates the key role of a "Mentor Capitalist" in the journey of an entrepreneur. Berjikly also describes the financial and psychological challenges an entrepreneur faces while building a company.

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How to Build a Successful Company
Kapor Mitch
1/16/2008
Audio Resource
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Serial entrepreneur Mitch Kapor speaks about the fundamental principles of building successful companies by drawing on his experience as creator of Lotus 1-2-3, Chairman of Second Life, Founder of Foxmarks and a wealth of technical and social entrepreneurship knowledge. Kapor emphasizes the elements of company building that technology has changed, such as faster feedback cycles and lower barriers to entry, as well as the elements that remain the same, such as how to establish culture and trust. Kapor illuminates his observations with contemporary and historical examples that create a context-rich primer on building vibrant companies.

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Intersection of the Environment and Financial Markets
Fink Jesse
1/30/2008
Audio Resource
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Retired serial entrepreneur Steve Blank interviews MissionPoint Capital co-founder Jesse Fink.  The two discuss the manifold investment opportunities in alternative energies and environmental conservation.

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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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