According to Adams, the biggest competitor of a start-up is a large established company. Their size alone is enough to destroy a young company, says Adams, but large companies are at a disadvantage because they're slow to act and avoid risk at all cost.
One of the world's leading universities, Stanford was founded in 1885 in what is now Stanford, California. It is comprised of seven schools, four of which are devoted exclusively to graduate education. Stanford's most renowned programs include the Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. Notable alumni include author John Steinbeck, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.