Saturday, January 26, 2008

How to Build a Successful Company

Serial entrepreneur Mitch Kapor speaks about the fundamental principles of building successful companies by drawing on his experience as creator of Lotus 1-2-3, Chairman of Second Life, Founder of Foxmarks and a wealth of technical and social entrepreneurship knowledge. This is a guy who's been around the block a few times, so definitely listen to what he has to say.

Here's the 55 minute podcast. You can also view video clips at the STVP Educators Corner website.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mark Your Calendar: Social Ventures Session During Entrepreneurship Week

During Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford, there's going to be a really interesting panel discussion on how to get your social venture funded. It happens on Sunday, Feb 24, as part of Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford. Get the details at

Kriss Deiglmeier, Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business, will moderate.

Panelists include two leading funders of social entrepreneurs and two of their grantees:

  • Jenny Shilling Stein, Executive Director of the Draper Richards Foundation
  • Jessica Jackley Flannery, Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of
  • Amy Clark, Ashoka, Global Fellows Program Leader
  • Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Ashoka Fellow and Founder of BUILD

The event is open to all, with no registration required although you should plan to arrive early. I suspect it's going to be standing room only.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series Winter Lineup

Here is the lineup for the winter quarter of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders lecture series. Podcasts will be available for download on the STVP Educators Corner website immediately following the lecture. Video clips are usually available on the site within a few weeks.


Mitch Kapor, Founder, Foxmarks and Lotus Software


Ron Conway, Founder, Angel Investors LP

Mike Maples, Founder, Maples Investments


Jesse Fink, Co-Founder, MissionPoint Capital Partners and Priceline

Steve Blank, Stanford Professor and Serial Entrepreneur


Christine Benninger, President, Humane Society Silicon Valley


Brett Crosby, Group PMM, Google Analytics


Mir Imran, Chairman of the Board, InCube Labs


Debra Dunn, Former HP Senior Vice President of Coprorate Affairs

Jay Cohen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan, and Andrew Kassoy, Founders, B Corporation


Ken Wilcox, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Check Out the New Entrepreneurship Week Website

We recently rolled out a new website for Entrepreneurship Week with major enhancements and content updates to the last version you may have seen before the holidays. Please check it out to learn about the overall schedule, details on each event, and information about the exciting Innovation Tournament.

We will continue to make updates and will soon add speaker information, so check back regularly.

Monday, January 7, 2008

How to Become a Coach in "Coaches on Call" Program

We primarily sign up coaches on an invitation basis, but we do encourage people to nominate themselves or others for consideration. If you think you are interested and don't currently have a relationship with STVP, you can learn more here and then contact Christina Harvett. Please email her your area of expertise, professional bio, and links to your company website and any other online resources that might help us learn more about you.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Stanford "Coaches On Call" - Winter Lineup

Happy New Year!

In case you weren't already aware, the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network (SEN) offers a "Coaches On Call" business mentoring program for all Stanford students. Here is a brief overview of the program, how to sign up, and the winter quarter lineup.

Coaches On Call is a mentoring program for any students at any school within Stanford. Seasoned professionals hold “office hours" and meet with students one-on-one to offer advice on specific issues related to business plans, intellectual property issues or anything else you want to discuss with the coach. We provide coaches in a variety of specialty areas. The only real rule is that you can't ask for a job -- that's not what they're here for.

Sign-up Procedure for Students

Go here to see a list of coaches and their available time slots. Also prepare a short write-up as to why you want to see the coach. Email the time slot request and write-up to to Christina Harvett, who manages the sign-ups and scheduling.

Winter Lineup

We would like to gratefully acknowledge Deloitte for its generous sponsorship of the "Coaches on Call" program, as well as all other SEN activities.