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  • February 10, 2016

    New Entrepreneurship Course Focuses on National Security

    Terrorists rapidly leveraging today’s technology are threatening the safety of our country. So some of Stanford’s top entrepreneurship educators are turning their students’ eyes from the tech industry to national security. This spring, Stanford’s School of Engineering will offer the course Hacking for Defense: Solving National Security Issues with the Lean Launchpad. Its teaching team ...read more

  • February 9, 2016

    Learning the Moves of Successful Startups

    This article is republished courtesy of INSEAD Knowledge. Copyright 2016. In the contest for competitive advantage, startups should use a very different playbook from their larger rivals. If the Fortune 500 had a motto, it could be “go big or go home”. Large companies excel at bold, expensive moves intended to intimidate the competition. After ...read more

  • December 8, 2015

    When Something Doesn’t Sound Right, Listen Harder

    If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that entrepreneurship is an uncertain and risky journey where surprising discoveries often lead to breakthrough progress. So, how do we set ourselves up to be open to these “aha” moments and learn from them? In our daily lives, we tend to have certain expectations about what ...read more

  • November 17, 2015

    Rethinking the Education Equation

    Too many of us use the terms “going to school” and “getting an education” interchangeably when, in fact, a formal education is just one part of it. The experience of classical schooling is multi-faceted and encompasses a mix of acquiring academic knowledge and softer, more abstract skills. Though fundamental knowledge serves as the foundation for any innovation, being an ...read more

  • November 3, 2015

    Taking the Pulse of Tomorrow’s Healthcare

    Welcome to the future of healthcare, when startups in the field are in the market for the same technologists as Facebook and Pinterest, machine learning aids in drug discovery, and Big Brother will need more of a bedside manner. Members of the Stanford community joined health-tech entrepreneurs for a panel discussion titled “Precision Health: The ...read more

  • October 21, 2015

    The Future is Now

    In a place as forward thinking and technology driven as Silicon Valley, what someone said just five years ago can seem ancient. New technologies continue to emerge at an ever-faster rate and our expectations are challenged time and again. To appreciate just how far we’ve come, let’s step back in time and see whether or ...read more

  • August 25, 2015

    What Makes a Good Entrepreneur?

    One way to find out what makes a good entrepreneur is to, well, ask a successful entrepreneur. And if that person has done well in your chosen field, then it’s highly likely what she says will be relevant to you. But if you want a more basic understanding, in terms of the right mindset and skills ...read more

  • July 2, 2015

    From Imagination to Entrepreneurship

    The concept of “entrepreneurship education” still has its skeptics, perhaps because what immediately comes to mind are iconic entrepreneurs like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey. How could anyone possibly teach an individual to be remotely as influential or visionary as either of those two? Educators, however, know that “entrepreneurship” is an umbrella term that embodies ...read more

  • June 12, 2015

    How Humility Helps the Entrepreneur

    Think back to when you were in high school. How did you do your hair? How did you dress? People generally develop a sense of personal fashion over the ensuing years into adulthood, after a few flings with different styles — and hopefully, some honest feedback from friends and family. But Susan Koger, co-founder of ...read more

  • June 2, 2015

    Make Rules and Limits Work for You

    Even for those who aim to think “outside the box,” rules and constraints aren’t always bad. They focus our thinking and remind us to be deliberate with our execution by keeping our goal in mind. So in order to thrive in a landscape characterized by unmade decisions, it’s critical to be thoughtful about what rules ...read more