Category Archives: Technology

Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

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In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that … Continue reading

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How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle

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The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and … Continue reading

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

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“By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” – Book of Five Rings. A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills … Continue reading

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How to Be Smarter than Your Investors – Continuous Customer Discovery

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Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become smarter than their investors, and build more successful companies…read full post. Download MP3

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Lessons Learned in Digital Health

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This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF…read full post. Download MP3

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When Product Features Disappear – Amazon, Apple and Tesla and the Troubled Future for 21st Century Consumers

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One of the great innovations of the 21st century are products that are cloud-connected and update and improve automatically. For software, gone are the days of having to buy a new version of physical media (disks or CD’s.) For hardware it’s the magical … Continue reading

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Guns and Cyber Security

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I grew up in New York City and for a few years heaven on earth for me was going toBoy Scout camp in the summer near the Delaware River. The camp had all the summer adventures a city kid could … Continue reading

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China Startups (The Complete Series)

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I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. … Continue reading

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The Endless Frontier: U.S. Science and National Industrial Policy (part 1)

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The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan. Post … Continue reading

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Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

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We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and … Continue reading

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