Number 10 in Frank Levinson's Top 10 Things You Must Have to Start a Business. The first thing you need is comfortable, cheap furniture. Spend everything you can on great people and great equipment, that's everything, Levinson says.
Great CEOs are people who put great teams together. Scott Kriens at Juniper is one of the best CEOs Khosla has ever worked with, as well as Bill Campbell. There isn't always one definition of a CEO, Khosla notes, each situation requires a different kind of leader, and each stage of a company has different needs for that leader.
Tom Friel, Chairman of Heidrick and Struggles, discusses the challenges of building a great team and suggests that startups can attract great talent with a number of factors, including money, self-fulfillment, belief in the mission or belief in the founder. Friel argues that to attract and retain great talent, entrepreneurs should be generous with at least one or more of these factors and sufficient on the others. Furthermore, Friel adds o...more
Komisar describes a great entrepreneur as someone that works hard and knows how to take advantage of new opportunities. These opportunities need not be created by the entrepreneur, he says, but by others and the market around them. It is also important to note that even great entrepreneurs fail for reasons beyond their control.
Eisenhardt explains her findings about teams and markets using the Surfer Model of Venture Growth. In her research, she found that there is great synergy between great teams and great markets. The returns obtained by this pair dwarf any other combination.
Peter the Great's historical significance stems not only from his military ambitions and the great expansion of the Russian Empire under his supervision, but also from his efforts to introduce secular, Western customs and ideas into Russian culture. Despite his notorious personal brutality, Peter's enthusiasm for science and modern intellectual concerns made an indelible mark both on Russia's relationship to the West and on its internal po...more
This lecture focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois and the Great Depression.
Waldorf underlines the importance of collaborating with great people; people with qualities similar to those of good teachers or bosses. Once the right set of people is found, the company can function better on its own, he says.
Doerr talks about how many students on the eve of graduation set their sights on becoming a venture capitalist. He believes the path to being a great venture capitalist begins with being a great entrepreneur.
Reedy talks about the three key factors in eBay's success: 1) A great idea 2) A great business model without sales force or inventory 3) A management team that ensured eBay was at the right place at the right time.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of The Great Gatsby by highlighting Fitzgerald's experimental counter-realism, a quality that his editor Maxwell Perkins referred to as "vagueness." She argues that his counter-realism comes from his animation of inanimate objects, giving human dimensions of motion and emotion to things as varied as lawns, ashes, juicers, telephones, and automobiles. ...more
Mandelbaum suggests that one should surround themselves with really great people in order to bolster their chances of success. But how can we meet these people? She explains that you can meet people anywhere, from Border's to the supermarket. You never know where a valuable relationship might develop, she adds.