Progressive reform: how and why Bobos helped hobos learn to fish. Making respectable bodies in respectable urban spaces, 1900-1930
Earl talks about how EA is good at figuring out early on if a game is not going to be successful and starting over before it is too late. EA brings a compliment of distribution, marketing, resources, larger teams, better technology, and high caliber designers, artists, and engineers to help increase the chances of creating a successful game, he says.
Danger was able to break into the US market by convincing wireless carriers to adopt a fixed rate pricing scheme for the device, which is almost essential in the minds of Americans for using services like AIM and web surfing. The Asian and European markets are further ahead and calls are cheaper, making it more difficult for the Hiptop to be profitable.
Kelley further describes his passion and what design means to him. He describes design as a process of having a combination of ideas in the head that need to be organized, while making a leap of faith about how it will be presented. It is a totally enjoyable experience, he says, there's a zen moment where time goes by and you lose track of everything. He presents a few design projects, including Personal Sky, SpyFish and weather-related in...more
Entrepreneurs are far less successful when they are trying to make money--they are much more successful when they have a mission to change the world. No matter what you do, Khosla says, you have to be foolish to do what an entrepreneur attempts. Whatever your value proposition is, it should have the goal of making the world a better place and you should feel passionately about your contribution. If you don't have this and you run into an o...more
According to Kaplan the best qualities of successful entrepreneurs are: 1) They believe that they can make a difference 2)They have a passion for making things happen. They don't just sit around talking, they go out there are make it happen 3) They have unjustifiable optimism. They believe they can succeed in the face of evidence proving the contrary, he says 4) Tolerance for uncertainty 5) Genuine concern for other people.
Dan Springer, CEO of Responsys, talks about the potential conflicts of interest between entrepreneurs and investors. Springer advises entrepreneurs to discuss these situations with venture investors in advance of making a deal so that all parties understand the potential outcomes upfront.
Professor Blight continues his march through the political events of the 1850s. Blight continues his description of the aftermath of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, describing the guerilla war that reigned in the territory of Kansas for much of 1856. The lecture continues, describing the caning of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the US Senate and the birth of the Republican party. The lecture concludes with the near-victory of Repu...more
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Mandelbaum answers a question she thinks about every day: How does she make time for what is the most important part of her life, her family, while making sure her companies stay alive? She checks in with her family everyday to see that they are happy. She also recommends listening to advice from friends that have older children and have gone through many of the challenges of parenthood before.
eBay has about 5000 pages that must be localized, says Tilenius. Hence, eBay plans to reduce pages, keeping the important functionality and making it easier to go from country to country. However, the countries where eBay is present have more similarities than differences. Thus, eBay only has to be customized in a few areas, including language and message boards, she adds.
Earl explains that EA was previously focused mainly on sports games, but they found that they could not grow fast enough without expanding into other areas, namely entertainment. Games are continually becoming more mainstream and a lot of people can relate to movies making them a popular choice a game topic, he says. EA is now divided into three brands, EA Big (sports), EA Games, and EA Online.