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Skills Of Great Entrepreneurs - Randy Komisar (KPCB)
Date: 5/3/2007
Length: 1 minutes
Speaker(s): Randy Komisar
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Komisar describes a great entrepreneur as someone that works hard and knows how to take advantage of new opportunities. These opportunities need not be created by the entrepreneur, he says, but by others and the market around
them. It is also important to note that even great entrepreneurs fail for reasons beyond their control.

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Summary: Komisar warns against the concept of a deferred life plan, when people put off what they really want to do for what is expected of them. According to Komisar, this is when you are deferring your sense of excitement and passion for
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Summary: Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, talks about how innovation occurs at Kleiner Perkins. Instead of giving projects a thumbs up or thumbs
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Summary: Komisar talks about two failures he has faced throughout his career and the lessons he learned from them. The first was a company called GO Corporation, which failed after four years due to bad technology and planning. The second
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