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Retooling Early Stage Development
Blank Steve
10/1/2008
Audio Resource
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Ninety-percent of Silicon Valley's start-ups fail not because of faulty product, but because they don't tap the right market and they don't know their customer. Well-seasoned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank drafts a new model for plotting the path between good idea and market success.

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Principles Matter - And Giving Back Is One of Them
Blank Arthur M
11/1/2005
Article Resource
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When Arthur M. Blank talks about entrepreneurship - what it takes to create, build and grow a company - he talks about principles. And, when he talks about principles, he talks about giving back.

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The Dynamic Relationship Between an Entrepreneur and VC
Bloom Ron
1/31/2007
Audio Resource
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Ray Lane, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Ron Bloom, CEO of PodShow, describe their relationship in building an online media entertainment company focused on meeting the fast-changing demands of today's web users.

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Share Wealth by Giving Shares
Bock William
4/1/2000
Article Resource
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When every start-up you're involved in grows quickly and you're working all the time, how do you manage to squeeze in philanthropic activity? Searching for a way to support his community, a company president got together with other successful business owners to establish the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation. They endowed it the same way they rewarded employees, consultants and investors: with equity. And, as a result of their business success, the AEF now has plenty of options.

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Making a Big Company Feel Small
Briggs Teresa
1/28/2009
Audio Resource
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What's it like to work inside Deloitte? Managing Partner Teresa Briggs offers insight into the organization and its community outreach programs, and focuses on strategies employed to create intimacy and accountability on a smaller scale.

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The Next Wave of Corporate Philanthropy
Brilliant Larry
5/14/2008
Audio Resource
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In contrast to simply donating dollars for public relations benefit, in-house altruism today means ubiquitous dedication to real causes. Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director for Google.org, points out that effective business-backed giving means global outreach, partnerships with experts at the heart of solving problems, and a dedicated percentage of gross income to keep these projects afloat.

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Why Baby Boomers & Millennials Should Co-Found
Taylor Brown
3/10/2014
Blog Resource
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Baby boomers are micromanagers, work hard, do not understand technology, are stubborn and want to destroy the planet. Millennials are lazy, entitled, tech savvy, want to save the world and don't know how to communicate in person. Although the generalizations of baby boomers and millennials vary, they do share one similar characteristic, they both share particular entrepreneurial characteristics. Millennials crave freedom and earning potential. Baby boomers have a desire to build something.

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Ten Enduring Success Factors for High Technology Entrepreneurship
Byers Tom
1/18/2006
Audio Resource
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Stanford University professor, Tom Byers, discusses ten enduring success factors of high-technology entrepreneurship, including planning, teamwork, venture financing, leadership, cash flow, market positioning, partnerships, and identifying business opportunities.

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The Kiwi Queen Plays Songs of Love
Caplan Frieda Rapoport
10/9/2000
Article Resource
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When Frieda Caplan went into business for herself, she was the only woman in the produce industry. That gave her a national presence, but the real reason for her success was that her company filled an important niche. Now it's the leading distributor of specialty fruits and vegetables. Along the way, the founder learned some important lessons about financing. And she's still going to work every day-with her daughters.

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Company Giving to Entrepreneurship Receives Community-Wide Recognition
Carter Joan Carter Stephen
7/1/2005
Article Resource
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Joan and Stephen Carter's small company gives back to entrepreneurship in a big way through the Junior Achievement program.

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