Ideas Are a Dime a Dozen

Notes on Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Volume 4 (2008-2009)

Whats Inside?

A collection of notes from the inspirational lecture series

etting feedback from customers is the most valuable thing you will do as entrepreneurs. It is not outsourceable.

Steve Blank (Serial Entrepreneur)

Figure out how to find a long wave (a trend that will permeate your career for the next ten to thirty years).

Erik Straser (MDV)

It is an executive's job to be effective and do the right thing. It is a manager's job to be efficient and do something the right way.

William McDonough (Architect and Author)

Don't accept conventional wisdom blindly.

Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

Innovation is about the capacity to change.

Judy Estrin (JLabs)

Be childlike as often as possible. Be childish as little as you can.

Tom Kelley (IDEO)

Don't be afraid to take risks. Life is way too short and you should maximize it.

Hugh Martin (Pacific Biosciences)

Reward your risk takers because sometimes they are driving the most innovative ideas.

Teresa Briggs (Deloitte)

Creative ability knows no boundaries.

Spencer E. Ante (BusinessWeek)

It begins with people and ends with people.

John Hennessy (Stanford)

If you want to be successful grow a tolerance for failure.

Jensen Huang (NVidia)

Wow your customers.

Mari Baker (PlayFirst)

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About the Author

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

I am a serial entrepreneur who has passionately launched and grown platforms that help small business owners, financial advisors, and filmmakers.

My enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and helping others can be found in the many books I have curated on those topics.