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Date: 10/21/2010
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Speaker(s): Thomas Prescott (Align Technology)
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Align Technology CEO Thomas Prescott urges entrepreneurs, particularly those operating as small fish amidst sharks, to keep asking themselves what someone else working in the field would have to do to out-innovate or out-perform your best efforts. Always know the answer to this question: "How can someone else satisfy your customer better?"

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