Category Archives: Air Force

The Air Force Academy Gets Lean

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I can always tell when one of my students has been in the military. They’re focused, they’re world-wise past their years, and they don’t break a sweat in the fast pace and chaotic nature of the class and entrepreneurship…read full … Continue reading

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Fly High

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Todd Branchflower was one of my Lean LaunchPad students entrepreneurial enough to convince the Air Force send him to Stanford to get his graduate engineering degree. After watching my Secret History of Silicon Valley talk, he became fascinated by how serendipity created both weapon … Continue reading

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Careers Start by Peeling Potatoes

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Listening to my the family talk about dividing up the cooking chores for this Thanksgiving dinner, including who would peel the potatoes, reminded me that most careers start by peeling potatoes…read full post. Download MP3

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Entrepreneurship is hard but you can’t die

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We Sleep Peaceably In Our Beds At Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready To Do Violence On Our Behalf Everyone has events that shape the rest of their lives.  This was one of mine…read full post. Download MP3

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Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

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I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation from Philadelphia University.While I teach at Stanford and Berkeley, to be honest… this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.I realize that my … Continue reading

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Now Hear This

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Much like my career, in the last two years this blog has traveled a serendipitous path. I orignally wrote it with four goals in mind…read full post. Download MP3

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Requiem For A Roommate

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And, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the … Continue reading

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The Seven Days of Christmas

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I’m sitting next to the fireplace in my favorite chair listening to holiday music, looking at the ocean and making occasional attempts to “help” get ready for Christmas dinner. We went for a hike checking out our new trail signs … Continue reading

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Gravity Will be Turned Off

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Part of marketing is the ability to communicate a message to thousands of people and convince them to believe your version of reality. When I was 19 I accidentally had a test run of my ability to do so. I … Continue reading

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The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part VI: Every World War II Movie was Wrong

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This is Part VI of how I came to write “The Secret History of Silicon Valley“. This post makes a lot more sense if you look at the earlier posts as well as the video and slides…read full post. Download MP3

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