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The Surge of Social Entrepreneurship - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Date: 4/28/2004
Length: 3 minutes
Speaker(s): Randy Komisar
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Komisar sees social entrepreneurship is taking off. There is a group of highly motivated people wanting to make a difference but who are not as concerned with making money and are creating drastic innovations in business models.
There is an incredible level of commitment from these folks and hopefully a bright future ahead of them, he adds.

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Balancing Your Life and Your Career Successfully - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: Komisar explains that there is no balanced life in being a CEO. It is a 24/7 job and is all-consuming. After being a CEO, Komisar decided to cut back and bring his life back into balance so he could have time for all the things he
enjoyed. It is essential to stay ethical and never put yourself in a situation where you can't say no and cut back. Maintaining a balanced life is a dynamic quest and changes as your priorities change. People who know and respect you can be a
powerful resource in helping you find this balance. Watch More
Exploring New Sales and Marketing Channels - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: According to Komisar, creating visibility and driving sales are two different tasks. Marketing channels are pretty well honed, but driving sales requires more attention. As an entrepreneur, you play a large part in creating the
demand for your product and Google is not going to do that for you. You have to convince people that your product will save them money, he says. Watch More
How Do You Find Your Passion and How Do You Pursue It? - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: Instead of thinking about the passion, expalins Komisar, free yourself to think of a portfolio of passions. Marry this portfolio with the opportunities in front of you, he says. Think of it as a quest towards which you are moving
in the right direction, he adds. Watch More
How Do You Teach High-Tech Entrepreneurship? - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: A basic skill set covering finance, organization, transactions, strategy, and business models can be taught successfully, says Komisar. These skills are useful for engineers because they provide context about the personality and
character of entrepreneurship. The case study method is especially effective. However, how to have an entrepreneurial character is something that cannot be taught. Being comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity is something you either have
or you don't, he says. Watch More
Should a Start-up Focus on Going Global Right Away? - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: According to Komisar, globalization needs to be part of the tool set for every entrepreneur doing a start-up today. This doesn't mean immediately going global, but understanding the global market and having a plan for the future,
he adds. Watch More
The Biggest Successes are Often Bred from Failures - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: According to Komisar, what distinguishes the Silicon Valley is not its successes, but the way in which it deals with failures. The Valley is about experimentation, innovation, and taking new risks. Only a small business that can
deal with failure and still make money can exist in this environment. It is a model based on many, many failures and a few extraordinary successes. Watch More
The History of a Virtual CEO - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: The role of the Virtual CEO is peculiar to Komisar and his own strengths and weaknesses. It was created as a way to bring together his diverse experiences in some kind of a flexible role that includes helping to guide emerging
leaders and nurture emerging companies. Watch More
The Role of a Consultant vs. the Role of a Virtual CEO - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: Komisar explains that consultants are not in the position of obtaining the level of intimacy with a company that builds confidence in decision making. Strategy consulting exists because senior management wants their strategy to be
accepted by a board of directors. Contrastingly, Komisar's role is to come up with bold ideas and steer the direction of the company. Watch More
The Role of Networking to Find the Best Resources - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: To find companies to work with, Komisar engages in a sort of dating process. First, the company has to be referred to him by a trusted source. Second, he holds a meeting in order to get to know the person and find out what they
are trying to do with the business. Komisar is only interested if the business is an interesting opportunity and the person is someone who has merit and can make a difference. This process of getting to know the founder can take months before
Komisar is willing to commit. Watch More
The Surge of Social Entrepreneurship - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: Komisar sees social entrepreneurship is taking off. There is a group of highly motivated people wanting to make a difference but who are not as concerned with making money and are creating drastic innovations in business models.
There is an incredible level of commitment from these folks and hopefully a bright future ahead of them, he adds. Watch More
Virtual CEO: First Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Business - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: According to Komisar, he provides the biggest value to companies at the beginning, and his value diminishes as the company grows and becomes more operational. He initially focuses on helping companies develop an overall strategy
and business plan at a conceptual level. As the company evolves, he becomes more of the problem solver, rather than the generalist. Watch More
What Does it Mean to Be a Virtual CEO? - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, explains his title of Virtual CEO, which does not have a specific meaning. It is extremely adaptive and evolves to his changing roles. The purpose of the title was to
provide a sort of identity on a business card that he could point at and say "this is what I do." Watch More
Where is the High-Tech Market Headed? - Randy Komisar (Virtual CEO)
Randy Komisar
4/28/2004
Summary: Recently, Komisar has noticed that the IPO market is reopening and VCs are becoming anxious to invest. There are a number of companies lined up to go public. There tends to be a lag in the markets of step technologies, while the
customers catch up to the advance, but they do catch up and a large amount of value is created in the process, he says. Watch More

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