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An Entrepreneurial Perspective on the Life Sciences Industry
Burrill G Steven

Steve Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Co., provides an overview of the life sciences industry, reflecting on insights he has gained throughout his career. Along the way, he shares his laws of survival and anecdotes that relate the keys to his success in the areas of biotechnology, venture capital and merchant banking.

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5 Must-Haves of an Entrepreneurial Career
Waldorf Gregory

Greg Waldorf, CEO of the online matchmaking service, describes the essential components of a successful entrepreneurial career. He believes that working with great people, taking risks, adaptability, passion and timely execution of plans can lead to success for entrepreneurs. He draws parallels between the satisfaction found through finding the right career path and a fulfilling relationship.

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Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path
Hoffman Reid

In this candid entrepreneurial narrative, Reid Hoffman describes his journey from academia to PayPal, to finally founding the professional networking site LinkedIn. Hoffman suggests that to be a successful entrepreneur you have to take risks where others wouldn't and be willing to deviate from the beaten path.

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The Dynamic Relationship Between an Entrepreneur and VC
Bloom Ron

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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Changing the Game of Enterprise Software
Tzuo Tien

Tien Tzuo, Chief Strategy Officer for, describes seven lessons for transforming an enterprise software business from a traditional direct sales model to one which leverages the internet to produce in-bound sales. He stresses the awareness cycle for's products, free-trial offers, onion-based product design and the continuing importance of events in the complex enterprise software industry.

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The New Adventures of Old VC's
Roberts Janice

Janice Roberts, General Partner at Mayfield, discusses how Mayfield is going global and carefully evaluating opportunities in countries like India and China. She stresses the importance of accessing the needs of young customers who are embracing new technologies at an extremely fast pace and demanding more products and services.

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Words of Wisdom from an Experienced CEO
Kriens Scott

In a humble and anecdotal talk, Scott Kriens, CEO of Juniper Networks, walks through the founding and growth of the company.  He provides insight on a variety of issues ranging from the power of strong markets, to personal growth, to globalization and net neutrality.

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Confessions of a Serial Silicon Valley CEO
Ballard Greg

Greg Ballard, a veteran entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Glu Mobile, shares his business insights on products, people and values through a variety of enlightening and entertaining anecdotes.

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The New Frontier in Gaming
Earl Nick

Nick Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Electronic Arts shares his thoughts on the future of the gaming market. He discusses the changing global market space, the latest generation of consoles, mobile game distribution, user generated content, social networks and EA's strategy in the online gaming space.

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A Culture of Making a Difference
McCracken Joe

Joe McCracken, Vice President of Business Development at Genentech, walks through the founding and growth phase of the company.  In particular, McCracken describes the culture at Genentech, which is credited for consistent ground breaking R&D and the resulting financial success.

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