Original stories about entrepreneurship and innovation from Stanford experts.
Many people go through life believing that innovation can’t be taught. You can learn to be creative and innovative. This collection will help you understand how to begin feeding your imagination with sci-fi stories that spark ideas and constraints that challenge you to turn ordinary solutions into original inventions.
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High-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation hold the promise of a better tomorrow. But success isn’t as simple as news headlines make it sound. All along a startup’s journey, from the initial idea to the growth of a venture into a mature business, challenges arise. This collection focuses on how to navigate the hurdles entrepreneurs face when launching and leading tech startups.
Culture is the DNA of your organization. Culture informs decisions to hire and fire, determines the speed with which new strategies are implemented, and even shapes a team’s tendency towards safe or novel ideas. This collection will help you understand why culture matters and how to cultivate an environment that supports your company's priorities.
Leadership isn’t just about being the boss and calling all the shots. Sometimes, it’s about letting go: empowering others to make decisions, perhaps even slipping out of a meeting to avoid tainting discussions. Effective leaders find subtle ways to signal trust and confidence in others, by being persuasive instead of coercive, and valuing inquisitiveness, not just action. This collection will help you understand how effective leaders inspire and embolden their teams and their customers. It starts by winning hearts and minds.
Tech hubs like Silicon Valley don’t appear out of nowhere. Like lush natural habitats, startup ecosystems thrive under specific environmental conditions. They require institutions like universities to experiment and innovate, risk-takers who dare to turn bold ideas into ventures, and policies that encourage entrepreneurship and investment. This collection explores the environmental forces that influence entrepreneurship.
Competitive organizations develop systems of continual innovation. They invest in teams where cognitive diversity is valued, where boards are filled with engaged advisors, and where failure and risk are rewarded. This collection highlights key insights to help you understand how to foster an innovative organization.