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Teaching Employees to Think and Act Like Owners
Stack John P Jack
3/1/2005
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Jack Stack gives back to entrepreneurship in a variety of ways, but one of his main contributions has been through delivering a consistent message: employees at all levels of a company should think and act like they own it.

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Ten Enduring Success Factors for High Technology Entrepreneurship
Byers Tom
1/18/2006
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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 Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Seelig Tina
5/27/2009
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Stanford Technology Ventures Program's Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, <em>What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20</em>, cites numerous classroom successes of applied problem-solving and the lessons of failure.

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The Dynamic Relationship Between an Entrepreneur and VC
Bloom Ron
1/31/2007
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Ray Lane, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield &amp;amp; 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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The Growth and Bloom of Cooliris
Shoemaker Austin
1/21/2009
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The team behind Cooliris - CEO Soujanya Bhumkar, Product Manager Josh Schwarzapel, and CTO Austin Shoemaker - discuss in detail the launch and management of their innovative web-discovery business. Topics discussed include cultivating vigorous start-up energy, building monetization into the product, and building an effective and talented team.

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The Kiwi Queen Plays Songs of Love
Caplan Frieda Rapoport
10/9/2000
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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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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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The Next Wave of Corporate Philanthropy
Brilliant Larry
5/14/2008
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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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The Next Wave of Industry: Global Clean Tech
Straser Erik
10/8/2008
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Mohr Davidow Ventures partner Erik Straser offers insight on the unfolding sector of new energy technologies, and discusses how it will be affected by an economy in credit crisis. He unveils the market's high level of industrial innovation, and offers students of entrepreneurship sound advice on finding the next crest in grand socioeconomic opportunity.

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The No Jerk Rule
Sutton Robert I
5/30/2007
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In this audio podcast, Professor Bob Sutton discusses "breakthrough" ideas in his latest book about dealing with difficult and conflicting relationships in a work environment. Sutton describes strategies to deal with "jerks" in an organization, and he illustrates the application of his ideas by using real-world examples sourced from readers' email responses to his new book.

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