Category Archives: Venture Capital

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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Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

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How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” (Regional Advantage and Startup Nation) and one “must view” (The Secret … 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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Steel In Their Eyes – Why VC’s Should Be Startup CEO’s

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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. Mark Twain Venture Capitalists who are serious about turning their firms into more than one-fund wonders may want to have their associates … Continue reading

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Nokia as “He Who Must Not Be Named” and the Helsinki Spring

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I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. (Thanks to Kristo Ovaska and team for the fabulous logistics!) I presented to 1,000’s of entrepreneurs, talked to 17 startups, gave 12 lectures, had 9 interviews, chatted with … 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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Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

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Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. It wasn’t pure research, but rather a culture of taking sufficient risks to get products to market through learning, discovery, iteration and execution. This approach would shape … Continue reading

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How Scientists and Engineers Got It Right, and VC’s Got It Wrong

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Scientists and engineers as founders and startup CEOs is one of the least celebrated contributions of Silicon Valley. It might be its most important. ESL, the first company I worked for in Silicon Valley, was founded by a PhD in Math and … Continue reading

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The $10 million Photo and other VC Stories

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Throw in the Photo and You Have a Deal When we were trying to raise money for E.piphany, my last startup, I was negotiating with a venture capital firm called Infinity Capital. They really wanted to invest, but it was … Continue reading

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