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  • 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

  • February 5, 2015

    Valley Veteran Shares Insights, Experiences with DFJ Leaders Cohort

    STVP’s new fellowship for master’s students in Stanford’s School of Engineering kicked off with wise words from Mike Maples, Jr., co-founder of the venture capital firm Floodgate. The Silicon Valley veteran was the featured speaker at the first class session for the DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship, a new nine-month program that combines courses, professional development ...read more

  • January 9, 2015

    Stanford Tech-Entrepreneurship Course Imparts Real-World Insights and Skills

    The course Engineering 145 at Stanford University examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship as practiced in Silicon Valley and similar regions of innovation around the world. Often called “E145,” the course is open to all undergraduates at Stanford, of any major, and admits from 40 to 60 students per class. The course is offered three ...read more

  • January 6, 2015

    Time to Refresh

    If you’re leading an entrepreneurial venture, the new year can be an ideal time for redefining and rejuvenating. In a startup’s early days, founders can code all night, talk to customers all day, while keeping a small and devoted team on track the rest of the time. But once a business grows and becomes more ...read more

  • 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