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Characteristics of Entrepreneurs - Tom Byers (STVP)
Date: 1/18/2006
Length: 1 minutes
Speaker(s): Tom Byers
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Along with being audacious, courageous, patient, and adaptive, Byers believes that entrepreneurs should be exceptionally good at sales.

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Characteristics of Entrepreneurs - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Along with being audacious, courageous, patient, and adaptive, Byers believes that entrepreneurs should be exceptionally good at sales. Watch More
Difference Between an Idea and an Opportunity - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Tom Byers, professor at Stanford University and founder and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), stresses that "Entrepreneurs are not born, they are made". He discusses a framework that elaborates
the difference between an idea and an opportunity. Watch More
Importance of Cash Flow - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers explains that smaller companies need to pay extra attention on how they spend their cash because if they run out of cash, it is game over for them. Byers uses the example of Palm Inc. to show how well the company managed
their cash flow. Watch More
Market Positioning and the Importance of Partnerships - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers believes that the impact of marketing is often underestimated by companies. He talks about how partnering is one of the keys to crossing the chasm between the early market and the mainstream market. Watch More
Purpose of a Business Plan - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers talks about how a great business plan can be developed. He uses Sahlman's alignment model to explain that an opportunity has to be in alignment with resources, people and context for deals to get completed. Watch More
Role of Context in High-Tech Venturing - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers believes there are various events that are not within the control of a management team. Good entrepreneurs are those who find a way to navigate and deal with this 'context,' he adds. Watch More
Role of Ethics in High-Tech Entrepreneurship - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers gives his perspective on how ethics played a role in high-tech entrepreneurship in the late 90's. He strongly believes that it is okay to fail but at the end of the day, it is character that matters. Watch More
What are the Essentials of the Venture Finance Process? - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers goes over the essentials of a venture finance process: angel investors, corporate venture capital, boot strapping and the public. He also discusses the pros and cons of each of these pieces in this process. Watch More
Why do Ventures Require Dynamic Leaders? - Tom Byers (STVP)
Tom Byers
1/18/2006
Summary: Byers strongly believes that entrepreneurs have to evolve with their organization. He uses a metaphor to compare entrepreneurs to three kinds of dogs: retriever, bloodhound, and husky, as they evole into the role of
CEOs. Watch More

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