Fiorina explains that leadership is about three things: capability, collaboration and character. She stresses the importance of capability, which is about asking questions and listening to answers. It is also about celebrating new ideas and taking initiative to try new things. She insists that a continuous learning process is important to strengthen an entrepreneur's capability.
The latest business model for web-based companies is to provide services to the consumers for free. Roberts talks about the operations of such a model, in which advertising is the only source of revenue. She elaborates on how companies are learning to value the concept of 'nothing'.
A familiar question among potential founders, says Levinson, is how much business and operational experience do I need to have before starting this business? He talks about the best experience a founder can have - the kind learned only by jumping in with both feet and learning as you go.
Whatever you build, says Kawasaki, it's about passion, and less about money. Your goals should be about changing the world, or making the world a better place, he says. He also talks about his experience growing up thinking that money was the most important thing in life. He advises students to study abroad and to spend as much time learning as possible.
Number 3 in Frank Levinson's Top 10 Things You Must Have to Start a Business. You and the members of your company must have the confidence that new ideas will always be present, says Levinson. He talks about creating a culture that encourages and expects new ideas, and learning to give those new ideas away.
Madonna had The Sex Book. Apple had the Newton. Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products & User Experience for Google, points out that all the best brands, including her own, have made some tremendous product errors. But what allows an enterprise to endure, she says, is its ability to learn from its mistakes and make corrections. Performance is what's important, even if it's not instantaneous.
Young talks about fostering great relationships with his teammates and learning how to overcome the competition by using his negotiation skills. He describes how most of the negotiations he has been involved with have been symbiotic. It is important for people to feel that they are not being taken advantage of because you will lose out in the long haul, he says.
Training versus Testing - The difference between training and testing in mathematical terms. What makes a learning model able to generalize?
The Unanswered Question 1973 4 The Delights & Dangers of Ambiguity Bernstein Norton.
Hawkins offers suggestions on how to assess one's mistakes and figure out what to learn from them. It is okay to make mistakes but it is also important to learn from those mistakes and not repeat them again, he adds.
Estrin explains how it is important not to confuse marketing with reality. Know when you are marketing and know what the real thing is, she says. Make sure you listen to real customer input, she cautions.
Mitch Kapor has been an entrepreneur since the 1980's, and here he pinpoints useful websites, educational programs, and learning opportunities that help level the playing field between seasoned venture capitalist and the first-time business operator.