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  • 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

  • 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