We are off to a great start this quarter with a strong line-up of speakers, including Jensen Huang, co-founder of NVIDIA, Mari Baker CEO of PlayFirst, and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Each speaker offers unique insight on developing company culture and the role of leadership within the organization.
Pioneering a company is more than just building products. It's also about establishing a company culture, says NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang. How do you organize hierarchies and structures? There's lots of trial and error, but it's also an organic process. Huang asks students of entrepreneurship to realize that skills, intellect, and training all matter for successful evolution - but they're not enough. Builders need passion and purpose above all.
After two decades in start-up entrepreneurship, Mari Baker, current CEO of PlayFirst, shares some of her lifelong strategies for long-lasting success. She stresses defining the relentless purpose of the enterprise, honing a focus, and building a conscious company culture, amongst other backbone-building tasks.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shares her trilogy of ideas for a successful start-up and a fulfilling career. Her thoughts include building an enterprise with scalable vision, building personalized, scalable products, and the ability to scale your own connections and capabilities.
Video Highlights From Last Quarter
In case you missed any of these great talks, here are a few highlights from last quarter.
Chemists, investors, software engineers, biomathematicians, etc., - and how they interact and build on one another's discoveries - are the crux of a young company's success, says Theranos President and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. If you want to define an industry, particularly one that is breaking new ground, the staff you choose to craft these innovations is essential. Choose wisely and carefully, suggests Holmes, as this decision is the largest indicator of potential prosperity.
Most of the promise of post-industrial society has been realized, says Tom Siebel, Chairman of First Virtual Group, and all of the great technological advances and development of great companies are behind us. The tech sector is hovering around a mere three percent annual growth rate, says Siebel; keeping it just on par with the rate of current economic growth.
Why are companies that plant roots in academia or a research environment more successful than other start-ups? John Hennessy, President of Stanford University, says that these research-heavy innovators are not only well-versed in their subject matter, but they are also optimists for their project's eventual triumph.