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Secret to Successful Negotiations
Peterson Joel
5/2/2006
Summary:

Joel Peterson, founder of Peterson Partners, discusses the secret to successful negotiations. He reminds us that negotiation is how one navigates their way through life, and in order to have successful negotiations, people must be empowered, have high character, and confidence. Peterson draws from his experience as CEO of one of the world's largest real estate development firms and most recently founded Peterson Partners- an equity fund in search of talented and visionary CEOs.

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The Ins and Outs of a successful Biotechnology Company
Marrone Pam
5/10/2006
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Pam Marrone, founder of AgraQuest, relates the challenges and rewards she experienced in building a successful biotechnology company that specializes in ecologically friendly agricultural products.

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Nine Lessons Learned about Creativity at Google
Mayer Marissa
5/17/2006
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Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google, shares nine lessons learned about fostering creative ideas and innovation based on her experience developing highly successful Web applications at Google.

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Groundbreaking Healthcare Initiatives and the Entrepreneurial Minds Behind Them
Phelan Ryan
5/31/2006
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Ryan Phelan, founder and CEO of DNA Direct, shares her thoughts on entrepreneurship, both for-profit and not-for-profit, based on her experience launching groundbreaking healthcare initiatives that provide public access to comprehensive medical information and genetic testing.

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The Contrasts of a Big Company and a Small Start-Up
Penchina Gil
6/7/2006
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Gil Penchina, CEO of Wikia, and an 8-year veteran of eBay, contrasts his experiences and lessons of working in a big company with heading a small start-up.

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Stimulating Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace
Sutton Robert I
8/26/2006
Summary:

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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Research Lens on Understanding Entrepreneurial Firms
Eisenhardt Kathleen M
10/4/2006
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Kathy Eisenhardt, co-director of Stanford Technology Ventures Program and professor in Management Science and Engineering, shares results from her research regarding successful ventures, addressing fundamental issues such as team building, market creation and financing.

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Vision, Values & Strategy
Rick
10/18/2006
Summary:

Rick Wallace, recently appointed CEO of KLA-Tencor, shares his management philosophy and the key to the company's success over the last 30 years.  He stresses the importance of having a clear vision, distinct values and a well defined strategy to take care of his key constituencies: employees, customers and shareholders.

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Founding Prosper, a People-to-People Lending Marketplace
Larsen Chris
10/25/2006
Summary:

Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Investments, interviews Chris Larsen, the founder and CEO of Prosper - America's first people-to-people lending marketplace. Ranging from regulation to global financial markets, Larsen shares a wide variety of experiences in founding both e-Loan.com and Prosper.

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A Culture of Making a Difference
McCracken Joe
11/1/2006
Summary:

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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