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  • May 19, 2017

    Five Tips for Original Thinking

    Why are the best ideas often the ones that don’t seem to make sense? Bestselling author Adam Grant, one of the most influential management thinkers in America, recently came to Stanford to give a talk that was chock-full of counterintuitive tips for anyone seeking to be a better business leader — citing scholarly research and ...read more

  • May 4, 2017

    The Need for Alliances in Uncertain Times

    Businesses and entire industries are coping with major uncertainty due to President Donald Trump: from carmakers that fear his next tweet, to health insurers who can’t set coverage rates because of the ongoing fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Rohan Bhobe is the CEO and co-founder of a technology startup that earned its chops ...read more

  • April 11, 2017

    Extreme Constraints and Curiosity Lead to True Innovation

    Growing up in India, Saad Bhamla, like many children, routinely played with a traditional spinning whirligig — a simple toy that consists of a disc that rotates rapidly when twine threaded through the center is pulled apart by both hands. Three decades later, that fond memory sparked the idea for a 20-cent paper centrifuge that ...read more

  • February 13, 2017

    The Innovation Insurgency Begins

    At a time when the pay and perks of the tech sector can seem much more tempting than the physical and emotional demands of active military service, a course created at Stanford University is giving the next generation of innovators at campuses across the United States a way to serve their country as it fights ...read more

  • January 10, 2017

    How Chinese Cities are Spurring Innovation

    Cities around the world with emerging tech hubs are asking what’s in Silicon Valley’s so-called “secret sauce,” and how they can emulate the famed region’s success. In order to demystify that secret, Stanford Assistant Professor Chuck Eesley and Daniel Armanios, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, sometimes visit places far away from Silicon Valley ...read more

  • 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