Thursday, August 2, 2007

STVP-AlwaysOn Stanford Summit Coverage - Part 3

Day Three of the conference has proven to be just as interesting as the other two.

Highlight #1: How to Get Acquired By One of the Big Players

If your exit strategy is acquisition by one of the big technology brands, you’ll want to listen to the archive of “Who do the Big Brands Want to Eat to Grow Their Businesses? The panel consisted of Google, Microsoft, Intel, IAC and Cisco. Panelists offered some great advice and practical tips on how to engage in discussions with them. Entrepreneurs will find this one so useful that I’ll probably do a separate posting based on detailed notes I took during this session, so stay tuned.

Go here to watch and learn for yourself. -- View Archive --

Highlight #2: How Students Created Enterprises From a Pack of Post-Its in Four Days

Tina Seelig, Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, gave a wonderful talk on Entrepreneurship as an Extreme Sport.” -- View Archive --

Her main point: Yes, entrepreneurship can be taught. And she proved it by sharing the outcomes of a global competition held during national Entrepreneurship Week last year. Student teams around the world had four days to create as much value as possible from a pack of Post-It Notes®. Again, this one warrants its own posting at a future date, but suffice it to say that the stories were pretty fascinating. So fascinating, in fact, that a feature-length documentary shot during the competition is due for broadcast sometime this fall or winter.

She talked about what some of the more creative, ambitious teams accomplished and showed some video clips of their stories. She also played the brief promotional trailer for the film, which you can view yourself.

Other Highlights

Pretty much every session was fascinating, but a couple that you might especially want to check out are:

The New News -- View Archive --

Moderator: Andreas Kluth, Technology Correspondent, The Economist
Ann Grimes, Acting Dir., Graduate Program in Journalism, Stanford University
Alan Warms, CEO, BuzzTracker
Chris Tolles, CEO, Topix
Dan Cohen, CEO, Pageflakes

Social Networking 3.0 -- View archive --
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

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