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How the iPhone Got Tail Fins – Part 1 of 2

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It was the most advanced consumer product of the century. The industry started with its innovators located in different cities over a wide region. But within 20 years it would be concentrated in a single entrepreneurial startup cluster. At first … Continue reading

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The Helsinki Spring

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I spent the month of September lecturing, and interacting with (literally) thousands of entrepreneurs in two emerging startup markets, Finland and Russia. This is the first of two posts about Finland and entrepreneurship…read full post. Download MP3

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Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

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Not understanding and agreeing what “Entrepreneur” and “Startup” mean can sink an entire country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’m getting ready to go overseas to teach, and I’ve spent the last week reviewing several countries’ ambitious attempts to kick-start entrepreneurship.  After poring through stacks … Continue reading

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Hiring – Easy as Pie

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Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten involved in hiring for two startups, a public agency and a non profit.  Part of each conversation was getting asked to help them put together a “job spec.” I had them leave with a … Continue reading

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The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

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Last week I had 15 Finnish entrepreneurs out to the ranch (Aalto University has a partnership with Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program.) Monday we hosted 40Danish entrepreneurs for dinner and today its graduate students from Chalmers University in Sweden…read full post. … Continue reading

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The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 6: Channel Hypotheses

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The Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment with a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. With two weeks and two more updates to go, this post is part six. Parts one through five are here, Syllabus is here. While we’ve been pushing hard … Continue reading

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New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

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We’re now in the second Internet bubble. The signals are loud and clear: seed and late stage valuations are getting frothy and wacky, and hiring talent in Silicon Valley is the toughest it has been since the dot.com bubble. The rules for … Continue reading

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Honor and Recognition in Event of Success

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Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”Attributed to Ernest ShackletonIn 1912 Ernest Shackleton placed this ad to recruit a crew for the ship … Continue reading

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A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley

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If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple … Continue reading

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College and Business Will Never Be the Same

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Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school Attributed to Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and B.F. Skinner There are 4633 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States. This weekend I had dinner last … Continue reading

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