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Culture Stems from Your Belief in the Product - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
Date: 1/21/2010
Length: 2 minutes
Speaker(s): Trip Adler , John Adler
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Accuray founder John Adler asserts "you can tweak culture at the margins, but ultimately the culture stems from your belief in the product." He echoes the sentiments of his son Trip Adler, CEO of Scribd, who says that product
development should remain the top focus at all times.

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Culture Stems from Your Belief in the Product - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
Trip Adler John Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: Accuray founder John Adler asserts "you can tweak culture at the margins, but ultimately the culture stems from your belief in the product." He echoes the sentiments of his son Trip Adler, CEO of Scribd, who says that product
development should remain the top focus at all times. Watch More
Entrepreneurs Have No Rules - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
Trip Adler John Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: Acuray founder John Adler laughs and says his free-spirited son, Trip Adler, couldn't have done anything aside from becoming an entrepreneur. "Entrepreneurs have no rules," he points out. One piece of advice he does give his son:
Never give up the title of CEO. It's one of the hardest things to learn, he confesses. Trip Adler, CEO of Scribd, concurs. He explains that in many cases, it is the founder who is able to provide the vision to effectively direct product
development. Watch More
Entrepreneurship is a Learned Skill - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
Trip Adler John Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: Do successful entrepreneurs know they're using the right methods as they build their companies, or do they only realize it in hindsight? Trip Adler, founder/CEO of Scribd, explains that he did know he was taking the best approach
at the time. He adds that entrepreneurship is a learned skill like any other, and that persistence pays off. Watch More
Evolution of a CEO (Entire talk) - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
Trip Adler John Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: John Adler and Trip Adler discuss their entrepreneurial experience and evolution as business leaders: John Adler describes his bumpy course in developing his biotechnology company, Accuray Incorporated; while his son Trip
emphasizes the need for persistence and confidence in developing Scribd, a social publishing site. Despite building companies in different fields, the two offer the same central advice toward building a successful business: trust yourself,
focus on developing a great product, and remember that there are no rules. Watch More
Just Go for It - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
John Adler Trip Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: Just go for it, advises Scribd founder Trip Adler. If you want to start a company, he continues, you just have to do it; you'll learn as you go. John Adler, founder of Accuray, agrees wholeheartedly, encouraging new entrepreneurs
to resist feeling intimidated. Founding a company "calls for decision and bold action." While the lack of constraints and benchmarks can be daunting to the new entrepreneur, it also opens up great opportunities. Watch More
Luck is Hard Work and Persistence - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
John Adler Trip Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: "It wasn't luck, we were just doing things right," asserts Scribd founder Trip Adler. Luck, he explains, can come to any entrepreneur who works hard and remains persistent in trying to reach his or her goal. Watch More
The Difference Between a Surgeon and a CEO - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
John Adler Trip Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: A surgeon and a CEO are nothing alike, observes Accuray founder John Adler. A surgeon, he explains, gives orders in the operating room; a CEO must persuade those in the boardroom to follow him. This difference in culture was a big
surprise, recalls Adler, and took time to adjust to. Learning to persuade others is, in his view, a big part of the leadership process. Watch More
The Risks of Listening Too Much to Your Users - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
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1/21/2010
Summary: "Listen to users too much, you build a bad product," believes Scribd's Trip Adler. While analytics data can provide helpful information, he cautions that if you listen only to feedback from the most vocal users, you risk building
a product that will appeal to a small niche market. Accuray founder John Adler agrees -- listen to your users, but base your decisions on your own vision for your product. Watch More
Trust Your Vision - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
John Adler Trip Adler
1/21/2010
Summary: "Trust your vison," exclaims Accuray founder John Adler. In a lively discussion with his son and fellow entrepreneur Trip Adler of Scribd, the two expand on the idea that ultimately no one knows your company better than you..
Though there's no shortage of advice from those older and more experienced, both agree that trusting your instincts and making your own mistakes are vital parts of the learning process for a new entrepreneur. Watch More
What's the Best Degree for an Entrepreneur? - John Adler, Trip Adler (Accuray & Scribd)
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1/21/2010
Summary: Given a choice between an MBA and a degree in a technical domain, which affords the best preparation for a entrepreneurial leadership role? Both Accuray's John Adler and Trip Adler of Scribd agree that for an entrepreneur planning
to start a technology company, a degree in science or engineering provides the necessary edge for success. Watch More

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