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Entrepreneurship is a Roller Coaster, Not a Cruise

Listen to the tales of successful company founders and you will get the impression that they sailed smoothly to success. They’ll lead you to believe that they did everything right and made it big because of their smarts and perhaps a little luck. Don’t…

Washington Post: Google — not Goldman Sachs — deserves our best minds

Collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, and structured investment vehicles are some of the greatest innovations created by the financial industry in recent times. What did this get us? Subprime loans, the housing bubble, and the financial meltdown.  And with high-frequency trading and other…

PBS Newshour: The Pernicious Myth that You Don’t Need College to Be an Entrepreneur

Paul Solman: Our friend Vivek Wadhwa, last seen on this page tolling the death knell for Microsoft, has been engaged in a long-running debate, some would say feud, with Peter Thiel, who in 2010 starting paying young people to drop out of college (or never enroll) and…

A Lesson From Chile

Alfredo Zolezzi, of Advanced Innovation Center in Chile, had spent the early part of his career creating products for the oil industry. He had achieved great success as an entrepreneur by developing technology that enhanced the recovery of oil from abandoned oil wells using…

Wall Street Journal: If I Can Be An Entrepreneur, So Can You

I was 33 years old when I became an entrepreneur. I had developed a revolutionary technology at First Boston, a New York-based investment bank, and IBM offered to invest $20 million in it—provided that we spun the technology off into a new company. I…

MIT Technology Review: Why Silicon Valley Can’t Be Copied

For 50 years, the experts have tried to figure out what makes Silicon Valley tick. The answer is people. By 1960, Silicon Valley had already captured the attention of the world as a teeming technology center. It had spawned the microwave electronics industry and…

Wall Street Journal: Corruption in Business and the Importance of Ethics

I once needed to negotiate an important deal with potential significance for my products. An official at the company I was dealing with demanded that I give his spouse stock in my firm in return for his support. A stock gift could have led…

Wall Street Journal/The Accelerators: It’s All About Selling

Recruiting talent is no different than any other challenge a startup faces. It’s all about selling. This is the most important skill that an entrepreneur needs to learn. It’s about convincing others to believe in you and to buy your vision. Once your startup…

TechCrunch: Entrepreneur–You’re No Steve Jobs, So Look Before You Leap

I doubt that Steve Jobs has ever asked Apple customers what type of products they want, or that he cares about what they need. Jobs believed that if he developed a mobile phone that plays music and surfs the web, he could create both…