Entrepreneurial Lessons: Find Value and Make Impact (Entire Talk) - Amit Chatterjee (Hara)

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Entrepreneurial Lessons: Find Value and Make Impact (Entire Talk) - Amit Chatterjee (Hara)
Date: 9/29/2010
Length: 52 minutes
Speaker(s): Amit Chatterjee (Hara, Inc.)
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Amit Chatterjee, founder and CEO of Hara, the growing energy management solutions company, shares the wisdom of his entrepreneurial experience. He covers an array of topics vital to launching and running a successful enterprise, including the importance of product innovation, new market development, thriving in a competitive landscape, and the critical importance of building a brilliant team.

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