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Stanford Series

Original stories about entrepreneurship and innovation from Stanford experts.

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
A candid exploration of the entrepreneurial journey where informed leaders share personal stories of the secrets and setbacks behind real success.
LEAP!
Take a deep dive into how to launch your career by unpacking the often overlooked and under-taught soft skills critical to the success of every entrepreneur.
FRICTION
Stanford Engineering Professor Bob Sutton and guests laugh in the face of petty office tyrants and worst practices while sharing insights that improve the way we work.

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Tom Byers, Stanford University

Entrepreneurial leaders must tackle significant decisions and dilemmas. What frameworks and principles do leaders use to navigate these critical junctures? This collection shares how entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders 1) define their own principles and 2) use values-based principles to tackle pivotal decisions.

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What’s Your Why?

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Work on What Matters Most

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Escaping the Echo Chamber

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With Tina Seelig, Stanford University

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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With Bob Sutton, Stanford University

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.

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With Chuck Eesley, Stanford University

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.

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With Riitta Katila, Stanford University

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.

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With Tom Byers, Stanford University

Entrepreneurship and ethics have not always gone hand-in-hand. But they should. Entrepreneurs and innovators develop technologies that have major consequences. This collection highlights 1) why applied ethics is a critical competency and 2) how to help train future leaders to integrate ethics into decision-making and technology development.

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