September 6, 2007

David Cohen Webinar Link

For those of you who weren’t able to join us for this morning’s webinar featuring David Cohen of TechStars, you can click here to hear the whole thing.

David is a class guy. In his presentation he briefly mentioned that he discovered that one of his startups was going to fail, so he returned money to his investors before he spent any more of it.  Don’t see that very often.

I loved his emphasis on thriftiness in a startup. Too many entrepreneurs see the raising of capital as a green light to spend like they were a Fortune 500 company. If every entrepreneur agonized over spending $300 on a printer, like David did in his first startup, the world would be a beautiful place.

He also spent a lot of time talking about listening to the market. If your company is failing, it’s not because of a lack of money, bad timing, or problems with the team. It’s probably because the market doesn’t want your product. Listen to your customers and they will tell you how you need to tweak your product to match their needs.

There’s a bunch more in the webinar. Happy listening!

August 30, 2007

Podcast featuring MySpace, Facebook, Ning and Wallop Execs

Just finished listening to this week’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast.  These guys are just killing it.  Hands down, the best entrepreneurial podcast on the web.

This week’s podcast features execs from the largest and/or most innovative social networking plays on the web.

Here’s the description from the site:

Introduced by AlwaysOn founder Tony Perkins, this panel discussion considers the new opportunities related to the social networking space. Panelists include moderator Charlene Li, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research; Travis Katz, SVP, MySpace International; Dustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder, Facebook; Rich Rosenblatt, CEO, Demand Media; Gina Bianchini, CEO, Ning; Karl Jacob, CEO, Wallop.

August 21, 2007

Carl Schramm Gives an Entrepreneurial Pep-talk

I’m about 15 minutes into a smokin’ podcast address by Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation, given at Stanford University earlier this month.

Description of the talk from the website:

Carl Schramm, President of the Kauffman Foundation, examines the vital role of entrepreneurship in the changing economy. He emphasizes how entrepreneurs have a positive influence on the American economy by creating ways to reinvent and innovate the rules of life. For example, half of the jobs created in 2007 are from firms less than five years old. Entrepreneurs teach us about human needs we did not know existed, create jobs that provide security for people, and generate social welfare, he says.

I had the chance to see Carl speak at an ACA event in NYC last year and came away well inspired. I think you’ll get the same vibe from this address.