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  • September 11, 2017

    Entrepreneurship Will Steer Self-Driving Cars Forward

    With the race to roll out autonomous vehicles thick with industry giants in the tech and traditional car-making sectors, why are Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms even investing in upstart entrepreneurs looking to get in the game? Bottom line: The market is huge – both in terms of the types of products and services ...read more

  • September 5, 2017

    Amazon: The GMO that Swallowed Whole Foods Markets

    Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of the Whole Foods Market chain, which is now a done deal, has grocery shoppers salivating at the thought of never having to walk into a supermarket again. Likewise, entrepreneurs and artisans behind the upscale products that fill Whole Foods’ shelves see the upside of Amazon leveraging its constant growth and ...read more

  • August 3, 2017

    Great Leaders Get Off the Couch

    A few months after her failed bid for California governor in 2010, veteran Silicon Valley CEO Meg Whitman found herself on the couch, completely deflated. The team she built for her campaign, the crowds who cheered her on, the 5 million California votes — not to mention the personal fortune she invested — all for ...read more

  • May 19, 2017

    Five Tips for Original Thinking

    Why are the best ideas often the ones that don’t seem to make sense? Bestselling author Adam Grant, one of the most influential management thinkers in America, recently came to Stanford to give a talk that was chock-full of counterintuitive tips for anyone seeking to be a better business leader — citing scholarly research and ...read more

  • May 4, 2017

    The Need for Alliances in Uncertain Times

    Businesses and entire industries are coping with major uncertainty due to President Donald Trump: from carmakers that fear his next tweet, to health insurers who can’t set coverage rates because of the ongoing fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Rohan Bhobe is the CEO and co-founder of a technology startup that earned its chops ...read more

  • April 11, 2017

    Extreme Constraints and Curiosity Lead to True Innovation

    Growing up in India, Saad Bhamla, like many children, routinely played with a traditional spinning whirligig — a simple toy that consists of a disc that rotates rapidly when twine threaded through the center is pulled apart by both hands. Three decades later, that fond memory sparked the idea for a 20-cent paper centrifuge that ...read more

  • February 13, 2017

    The Innovation Insurgency Begins

    At a time when the pay and perks of the tech sector can seem much more tempting than the physical and emotional demands of active military service, a course created at Stanford University is giving the next generation of innovators at campuses across the United States a way to serve their country as it fights ...read more

  • January 10, 2017

    How Chinese Cities are Spurring Innovation

    Cities around the world with emerging tech hubs are asking what’s in Silicon Valley’s so-called “secret sauce,” and how they can emulate the famed region’s success. In order to demystify that secret, Stanford Assistant Professor Chuck Eesley and Daniel Armanios, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, sometimes visit places far away from Silicon Valley ...read more

  • November 23, 2016

    Ignoring Diversity Hurts Tech Products and Ventures

    Five years ago, Stanford History of Science Professor Londa Schiebinger was in Madrid and interviewed by some Spanish newspaper reporters. When she returned home, she put the articles through Google Translate and was shocked to see that she was repeatedly referred to as “he.” Oops — of all the people for this to happen to. ...read more

  • October 10, 2016

    Is ‘Lean’ the Secret to Startup Success?

    Today, the cool factor of entrepreneurship has spread around the world as technology startups have grown from fledgling ventures into global forces that can redefine our times. The founders of Facebook, Google, Tesla and Uber are practically celebrities. For better or worse, all this entrepreneur worship has given rise to the “wantrapreneur,” someone who seeks ...read more