• 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 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 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 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 more

  • May 4, 2015

    Find Your Motivation in Unlikely Places

    An entrepreneur, as the quintessential self-starter, naturally looks inward for inspiration when the road gets rockier and the hurdles higher. But no matter how awesome you are, people can’t always be walking nuclear reactors that generate a constant supply of motivation in a contained, self-sustaining way. And you don’t necessarily need to max out the more

  • April 2, 2015

    Stanford President to Accel Innovation Scholars: “Keep the innovation cycle going”

    For the second year in a row, Stanford Engineering Ph.D. students in the Accel Innovation Scholars (AIS) program welcomed a special guest who once filled their shoes. University President John Hennessy, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science, taught for many years and served as dean of the School of Engineering, came to the cohort’s more

  • March 30, 2015

    A Professor’s Focus on Students, Strategy and Simplicity

    “I really enjoy working with students and sharing fundamental ideas with them. It’s as simple as that,” says Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt, one of the most cited scholars in the domain of strategy and organization studies in the last quarter century. “I don’t think about my students as the ‘next generation of influencers’ or ‘captains of more

  • March 26, 2015

    Introspection’s Place in Entrepreneurship

    Taking time to reflect and understand what matters most to us, both professionally and personally, provides us with a strong framework for making decisions. In addition, staying clear on what matters to us often leads to a greater sense of fulfillment in life altogether. Whether implicitly or explicitly, some of our most recent speakers in more

  • March 2, 2015

    Show and Tell at Sparks Class on ‘Thunderlizards’

    Rare beasts, “thunderlizards” are companies that exit the startup phase at greater than $500 million — at least in the vernacular of venture capitalists. Each year, 4,000 to 5,000 companies are funded at the seed stage. Only 15 to 20 become true thunderlizards. “Startups is a business of exceptionalism,” stated Ann Miura-Ko, co-founder of venture more

  • February 6, 2015

    How Empathy Pays Off for Entrepreneurs

    As clashes between political parties, socioeconomic classes and ethnic factions dominate current events, it’s clear that we could all use a lesson in empathy. Taking the time to put oneself in the shoes of another and experience the problems they encounter everyday reveals unique opportunities to use our own energy and talents to help others more