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Company Giving Fosters Real Estate Empire
Richards Nancy T
3/1/2005
Article Resource
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Nancy Richards could have taken an easier route with her business, but instead chooses to help small, talented companies get established by creating partnerships with them.

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Vision, Values & Strategy
Rick
10/18/2006
Audio Resource
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Rick Wallace, recently appointed CEO of KLA-Tencor, shares his management philosophy and the key to the company's success over the last 30 years.  He stresses the importance of having a clear vision, distinct values and a well defined strategy to take care of his key constituencies: employees, customers and shareholders.

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The New Adventures of Old VC's
Roberts Janice
1/17/2007
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Janice Roberts, General Partner at Mayfield, discusses how Mayfield is going global and carefully evaluating opportunities in countries like India and China. She stresses the importance of accessing the needs of young customers who are embracing new technologies at an extremely fast pace and demanding more products and services.

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Get In the Ring: The Sweet (Startup) Science
Jonathan Robinson
8/30/2013
Blog Resource
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We're looking for a champion. A courageous entrepreneur with shoulders broad enough to bear the hopes and dreams of the entire country across the Atlantic to represent America at a global contest of pitching pugilism.

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Coming Soon To A Community College Near You: A New Mentor For Startups
Jonathan Robinson
10/17/2013
Blog Resource
Summary:

If you've been paying attention to our work at Kauffman for a while, it should come as no surprise to you that we're committed to making community colleges a front door to entrepreneurship. In particular, we see tremendous potential in these schools to support innovative, high-growth, technology-based startups in their communities, whether their founders are students, researchers, experienced entrepreneurs or full-time professionals preparing to take their first leap into entrepreneurship.

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Casting A Wider Net With Community Colleges
Jonathan Robinson
1/30/2014
Blog Resource
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Innovation Fund America (IFA), our program delivering high-impact education, coaching and pre-seed funding to scalable, technology-based startups via community colleges around the country, has quietly been having a big couple of months. It's a complicated and demanding program to launch and it's taken nearly a year and a half to get to this point, but we're excited that IFA is now open for business in two communities--and we're really just getting started.

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Minister of Tea Makes a Life as Teacher, Writer, and Philanthropist
Rubin Ron
2/1/2005
Article Resource
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Ron Rubin's profession is tea, but he is also steeped in giving back to student entrepreneurs.

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Entrepreneurship Overview Video
Ruhe Thom
6/7/2011
VideoSeries Resource
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How do entrepreneurs change society? Is it through the potential of their ideas? Is it the passion that drives them? Or their ability to see opportunities where others cannot?  Is it the impact and innovation of the events that come from their work?  Or is it the belief that an idea can change the world?

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Two's (a) Company, Three's a Crowd?
Thom Ruhe
7/30/2013
Blog Resource
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When considering the optimal number of founders for any new entrepreneurial adventure, the calculus extends well beyond simple formulas seemingly supported by observations of startup cohorts within specific industries. Famous technology twosomes that come to mind include David Packard and William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple, Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. In these examples, it is widely observed that these buddy teams complemented each other well in the early formative years of their companies.

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Founders School: 'Just in Time' Lessons for Entrepreneurs
Thom Ruhe
10/4/2013
Blog Resource
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You don't need to spend countless hours in a classroom, or have an MBA to become a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs often don't have the time or patience to sit through a semester long class or six-week course in order to retrieve the answer to a question they have now--today. They need help quickly and efficiently. And this is where our idea for Founders School started.

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