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  • December 17, 2014

    Listening to Consumers

    It can be tempting around the holidays to tune out all the consumerism. But entrepreneurs would do well to heed customer sentiment. Whether the product being built is a free app or fresh apparel, the bottom line is that, if consumers don’t want it, you’re out of business. Usually, a successful venture begins with identifying ...read more

  • November 10, 2014

    Be Entrepreneurial Every Day

    November is National Entrepreneurship Month in the United States. But if you have an entrepreneurial mindset, opportunities present themselves every day – whether for a new business, or even just learning something new. The first step is noticing these opportunities. And while it may seem obvious that this requires paying attention to what’s going on ...read more

  • October 23, 2014

    Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad Course Sets Students on Entrepreneurial Trajectory

    Here’s the idea: Moober — Uber for cows. Trailers would drive around and pick up cattle from family farms, bring them to the slaughterhouse and solve the problem of bottlenecks at the facility. It was clever, addressed a real problem and had the hip name to boot. And yet, when Stanford graduate student Christine Su ...read more

  • October 20, 2014

    Why Innovators Hate MBAs

    This post was originally published on Inc. Peter Thiel, Scott Cook, and Elon Musk have all spoken out about why b-school grads hurt rather than help innovation. But is it really true? If you want to be an innovator or an entrepreneur, should you go to business school? At first glance, maybe not: Peter Thiel ...read more

  • October 13, 2014

    When to Head for the Exit … or Not

    Whether it’s Yahoo! buying Alibaba, or Google gobbling up Nest and Skybox Imaging, the acquisition of startups by tech giants are no longer just fodder for the business section. In today’s screen-lived age, they are increasingly the top news stories of the day. But while entrepreneurship in the tech sector can sometimes seem like a ...read more

  • October 3, 2014

    Sparks Power Entrepreneurship Skills for Stanford Community This Fall

    Short-term, extracurricular “pop-up classes” on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation are now being offered to anyone in the Stanford community. Called “Sparks,” the classes will be taught by experts from the local entrepreneurial community. Each Spark will consist of three evening sessions, one night a week for three weeks. Students, staff ...read more

  • September 30, 2014

    New Fellowship Prepares Stanford Engineering Students to be Entrepreneurial Leaders

    The DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship is an exciting new offering at Stanford that will provide 12 outstanding masters-level engineering students with an immersive set of experiences designed to prepare them to lead entrepreneurial ventures. Using living cases with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, workshops and field trips, the selected students will learn the attitudes and ...read more

  • September 22, 2014

    STVP Helps Team from UK University Pave a Path to Entrepreneurship

    On a mild day in mid-July, four advocates for entrepreneurship from England’s University of Warwick volunteered to be the first to present their team project, illustrating their deep passion for realizing what they were calling the “Warwick Enterprise Pathway.” The visitors were taking part in a two-week experience, called the Faculty Fellows Program, in which ...read more

  • September 12, 2014

    Firms Must Crowdsource Wisely for Most Innovative Ideas

    You might think that companies that receive the most feedback from customers with clever ideas would be in the best position to break new ground. However, new research shows that the more distant an idea is from a business or organization’s expertise, the more likely it is to be disregarded. And perhaps more discouraging, as ...read more

  • September 12, 2014

    Epicenter Hosts Summit for Entrepreneurship Educators

    The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) held its first summit for researchers in entrepreneurship, education and engineering to share and discuss the latest work in the field, as well as foster connections and collaborations. The event was held August 4 and 5, 2014, at Stanford University. View presentations, session summaries, posters, photos from ...read more