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  • August 29, 2016

    Opportunity at the Intersection: Arts and Entrepreneurship

    Today, technology entrepreneurship and the arts are often characterized as clashing forces in society. As tech startups proliferate in a city, we hear the familiar cry that gentrification will sterilize the creative and artistic soul of the community – and that rising housing costs will put artists out on the street. But both disciplines play ...read more

  • July 28, 2016

    Global Entrepreneurship: More Than Just Replicating Silicon Valley

    Entrepreneurship may be seen as a key to improving society and economies in America and much of the developed world. But how much faith do other cultures put in it, especially those with vastly different beliefs about gender, authority and openness to change? There was perhaps no better place to understand how the rest of ...read more

  • July 11, 2016

    Entrepreneurship Can Be Learned

    Business classes are not a prerequisite for entrepreneurship, and yes, some of the most storied startup founders were college dropouts. But many others say they benefited from academic courses and experiential learning opportunities that focused on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Joshua Reeves, the soft-spoken CEO of a payroll and benefits startup called Gusto, began one ...read more

  • June 10, 2016

    Commentary: Part-Time Entrepreneurship’s Full Effect

    The concept of social entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly popular. People talk about great entrepreneurs like Jessica Jackley, co-founder of the microfunding company Kiva, and Blake Myscokie, who founded TOMS, which donates a pair of shoes to the needy for every pair of shoes sold. But let’s be honest: What if we want to contribute to ...read more

  • June 2, 2016

    Executing on an Idea

    In the era of the entrepreneur, clever ideas can seem like a dime a dozen. But it’s the committed willingness to act on an idea that turns an epiphany into something much more than an ephemeral intention. To illustrate this, we present insights from the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (ETL) Seminar, featuring recent speakers sharing different but equally poignant perspectives ...read more

  • May 26, 2016

    Engineering as a Driving Force Behind the Design-Thinking Movement

    It’s wonderful that design thinking is now applied to so many different problems: designing better experiences for hospital patients, designing and implementing better client experiences at social-service agencies, starting new companies, teaching leadership, inventing new radio shows, changing organizational structures, and developing new products and services for people at the bottom of economic pyramid – ...read more

  • May 17, 2016

    A More Modular and Manageable Google

    For most of us, the reorganization of Google into a network of separate subsidiaries under the holding company Alphabet had zero effect on our lives. In the wake of Larry Page’s announcement in August 2015, we searched the web, mapped our routes, checked our Gmail, and it all felt exactly the same. That’s because those ...read more

  • May 11, 2016

    Why Failure to Launch is a Good Thing

    If you’re going to lead the lab that launches moonshots like self-driving cars and balloon-powered Internet, you need to be incredibly ambitious and intelligent. But that will only get you so far. It turns out you also need courage and confidence in the people around you. Those sentiments came up again and again when the ...read more

  • May 2, 2016

    The Upside of Obsession

    With entrepreneurs all vying to come up with the “next big thing,” it’s easy to see why everyone is putting work first — and the rest of life second. There are, however, some positives that can result from being obsessed, along with the better-known negatives we seek to avoid. So, while it’s important to keep ...read more

  • April 28, 2016

    Yoda was Wrong: Apply Design Thinking to Life’s Problems

    Stanford Engineering Professor Bernard Roth, a founding faculty member of the university’s renowned design institute, told audience members attending one of his recent talks at Stanford University how to “stop wishing, start doing and take command of your life.” That’s the subtitle of Roth’s new book, The Achievement Habit, and he summed it up in ...read more