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The Extreme Relevance of Cash Flow - Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)
Date: 3/4/2009
Length: 2 minutes
Speaker(s): Elizabeth Holmes
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: It's one thing to have a great idea and an awaiting market, but it's quite another to realize that cash flow is the oxygen in the bloodline of a fledgeling business. Elizabeth Holmes, President and CEO of Theranos, thinks back on
what she wishes she had known when first launching her company, and in retrospect, she wishes she'd had a better understanding of how to build a business driven around income. She calls this the strong foundation for growing a business, and
cites that it's even more important than title, passion, or intention.

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The Extreme Relevance of Cash Flow - Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)
Elizabeth Holmes
3/4/2009
Summary: It's one thing to have a great idea and an awaiting market, but it's quite another to realize that cash flow is the oxygen in the bloodline of a fledgeling business. Elizabeth Holmes, President and CEO of Theranos, thinks back on
what she wishes she had known when first launching her company, and in retrospect, she wishes she'd had a better understanding of how to build a business driven around income. She calls this the strong foundation for growing a business, and
cites that it's even more important than title, passion, or intention. Watch More

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