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Thinking of Flexing Your Entrepreneurial Muscle? Learn from this exceptional free resource.

The Educators Corner website, presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, is an exceptional resources for free entrepreneurial knowledge. As their website states, “Resources include video clips, podcasts, syllabi, books, conferences, and listings of entrepreneurship programs. Visitors may search via open keyword, choose from a select list of keywords, or browse by topic area.” There are currently 917 video clips posted at the Educator’s Resource website along with dozens of podcasts of successful executives, educators, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. If you are looking for information on the best way to start a business, turn investment risk into reward, or how to transform your current ‘hobby’ into a money making career use this resource!

Below is a list of authors with video, print, or audio material from the Educators Corner website. Click on any of the author’s names to view their material.





Adams, Randy


Leamon, Ann

John Wiley & Sons- Publisher  

Allen, Kathleen R.

University of Southern California  

Lee, Chong-Moon

Ambex Venture Group  

Bagley, Constance E.

South-Western College Pub  

Lerner, Josh

Harvard Business School Press

Ballard, Greg

Glu Mobile  

Levinson, Frank

Finisar Corporation  

Baron, Robert A.

South-Western College/West  

Liddle, David

U.S. Venture Partners  

Barringer, Bruce R.

University of Central Florida  

Liemandt, Joe


Bartz, Carol


Littman, Jonathan


Beaver, Bobby


Loy, Trevor

Flywheel Ventures  

Beaver, Jeff


MacMillan, Ian C.

Harvard Business School Press  

Bellas, Robin

Morgenthaler Ventures/The Foundry  

Malone, Michael S.

John Wiley & Sons  

Bhide, Amar V.

Harvard Business School Press  

Mandelbaum, Fern

Monitor Venture Partners  

Blacker, Chip

Stanford University  

Marrone, Pam


Bloom, Ron


Maxfield, Robert

Stanford University  

Bodde, David L.

Clemson University  

Mayer, Marissa


Bourne, John

NCIIA, Stanford University, Olin College, Lehigh University  

McCracken, Joe


Boyatzis, Richard E.

Case Western Reserve University  

McKeachie et al, Wilbert

Houghton Mifflin Co.

Breyer, Jim

Accel Partners  

McKee, Annie

Teleos Leadership Institute  

Britt, Joe


McNamee, Roger

Elevation Partners  

Brown, Shona L.


Moore, Geoffrey

Mohr Davidow Ventures  

Burrill, G. Steven

Burrill & Company  

Mullins, John W.

Financial Times Management  

Byers, Brook

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers  

Musk, Elon


Byers, Tom

Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Nagatoshi, Lisa

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Bygrave, William D.

Babson College

Neeleman, David


Campbell, Bill

Intuit and Tellme  

Novitsky, Donna

Mohr Davidow Ventures  

Cassak, David

Windhover Information  

Ong, Sei Wei

Stanford School of Engineering  

Chang, Michael K.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Page, Larry


Cheng, Eric

Stanford Technology Ventures Program, NUS  

Palmaz, Julio C.

Biodesign Program  

Christensen, Clayton M.

Harvard Business School  

Pasmoooij, Duco

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Christensen, Stan

Stanford Technology Ventures Program; Arbor Advisors  

Penchina, Gil


Collins, Jim


Peters, Michael P.


Courvoisier, Olivier


Peterson, Joel

Peterson Partners

Dauchy, Craig E.

South-Western College Pub  

Pfeffer, Jeffrey

Harvard Business School Press  

Davis, Barbara Gross


Phelan, Ryan

DNA Direct  

Davis, Geoff


Poh Kam, Wong

National University of Singapore  

Denman, Kenneth


Polese, Kim


Doerr, John

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Popovits, Kim

Genomic Health  

Dorf, Richard C.

University of California at Davis

Price, Robert W.


Draper, Tim

Draper Fisher Jeurvetson  

Punater, Sandeep

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Dunn, Debra


Raikes, Jeff


Earl, Nick

Electronic Arts  

Ramdas, Kavita

Global Fund for Women  

Eisenhardt, Kathleen M.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Ramfelt, Lena

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Emery, Katherine

NCIIA, Stanford University, Olin College, Lehigh University  

Richardson, Karen


Erickson, Suzanne

Seattle University  

Ricks, Frank

LRK Architecture  

Estrin, Judy

Packet Design  

Ringold, Gordon


Evans-Beauchamp, Natasha

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Roberts, Janice

Mayfield Fund  

Fenton, Peter


Roberts, Michael J.

Harvard Business School Cases  

Fleury, Marc

Accel Partners and JBoss  

Rodan, Katie

Proactiv Solution  

Fodor, Steve


Roizen, Heidi

Mobius Venture Capital  

Fogarty, Thomas

Biodesign Program  

Roos, John

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  

Francis, Dr. Don


Rosenquist, Anders

SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning  

Fraser, Janice

Adaptive Path  

Rubin, Andy


Garman, Matthew

Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Sahlman, William A.

Harvard Business School Press  

Gifford, Hanson

Morgenthaler Ventures/The Foundry

Sander, Ariel

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Gold, Steven K.

Learning Ventures Press  

Schmidt, Eric


Goldberg, David E.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Schramm, Carl J.

Kauffman Foundation  

Goldberg, Michael

Mohr Davidow Ventures

Seelig, Tina

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Goleman, Daniel

Harvard Business School Press

Seligmann, Peter

Conservation International  

Gompers, Paul A.

Harvard Business School Press

Shader, Danny

Good Technology  

Green, Richard P.

McGraw-Hill/Irwin- Publisher  

Shane, Scott

South-Western College/West  

Grunert, Judith

Anker Pub Co.  

Shepherd, Dean A.

University of Colorado  

Gunther McGrath, Rita

Harvard Business School Press  

Sinha, Sunaina

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Hardymon, Felda

John Wiley & Sons- Publisher  

Smith, Janet Kiholm

Wiley Text Books  

Hawkins, Jeff


Smith, Kim

New Schools Venture Fund  

Hawkins, Trip

Digital Chocolate  

Smith, Lonnie

Intuitive Surgical  

Hennessy, John

Stanford University  

Smith, Richard L.

Wiley Text Books  

Hershenson, Matt


Spinelli, Stephen


Hisrich, Robert D.


Sridhar, KR

Bloom Energy  

Hodgetts, Richard M.

South-Western College Pub  

Stevenson, Howard H.

Harvard Business School Press  

Hoffman, Reid


Sutton, Robert I.

Stanford University  

Ireland, R. Duane

Texas A & M University  

Tan, Sian

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Jurvetson, Steve

Draper Fisher Jurvetson  

Thompson, John

Symantec Corporation  

Kansal, Sachin

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Tilenius, Stephanie


Kaplan, Jack M.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Timmons, Jeffrey A.


Kaplan, Jerry


Turner, Erin

Electronic Arts  

Katz, Jerome

Saint Louis University  

Tzuo, Tien  

Kawasaki, Guy

Garage Technology Ventures  

Vasconcellos, Julio


Keller-Bottom, Stephanie

Nokia Innovent  

Verma, Vic

Savi Technology

Kelley, David


Vinturella, John


Kelley, Tom


Wagganer, Daria Sander

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Khosla, Vinod

Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers  

Waldorf, Gregory


Kim, Arcadia

Electronic Arts  

Wallace, Rick


Komisar, Randy

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Weilerstein, Phil

NCIIA, Stanford University, Olin College, Lehigh University  

Koseff, Jeff

Stanford University  

Williams, Evan


Kosnik, Thomas J.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Winblad, Ann

Hummer Winblad Ventures  

Kriens, Scott

Juniper Networks

Wirt, Ken

palmOne, Inc.  

Ku, Katharine

Stanford University  

Wong, Poh Kam

Stanford School of Engineering  

Kuemmerle, Walter

McGraw-Hill Irwin  

Worthington, Gajus


Kuratko, Donald F.

South-Western College Pub  

Wu, Brand

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Lagenfeld, Stephanie

Stanford Technology Ventures Program  

Wyndowe, Matt


Lane, Ray

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers  

Yock, Paul

Stanford University  

Larsen, Chris

Prosper Marketplace  

Zacharakis, Andrew

Babson College  


Zuckerberg, Mark



Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

What is the Preferred Resume Length? – Accountemps Study
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Accountemps, the world’s largest temporary staffing company for accounting, finance, and bookkeping professionals, recently published the results of a poll of 150 senior executives (HR, finance, and marketing) from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies – “Resumes Inching Up“. The executives were asked “What is the preferable length of a resume for staff-level employees and executives?” Here are the results:

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Read the press release to find out more about the Do’s and Dont’s of what to include in a resume.

Resumes Inching Up. [Accountemps]


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Security Clearance, “In Many Cases It’s Better Than Having an MBA”

CAREER HACK: If you are in an area where Security Clearance positions are in demand consider applying for these positions and gaining clearance. If you are able to receive Security Clearance it can boost your salary by 25% on average while providing stronger job security.Career Hacker Bill Inman Employment Jobs Interview Resume Blog Success Boss Work Hiring

Would getting a security clearance be better than getting an MBA degree? The Associated Press in their article “Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential” discusses the advantages of having this clearance which is in high demand. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Job candidates with security clearances are hotter-than-ever commodities in the Washington area and elsewhere, due to higher demand, tighter security requirements and a wave of baby-boomer retirements”
  • “If a soldier has good skill sets in the IT arena, he’ll have a job offer in five minutes”
  • “We see people hoping to retire, and their employers are pleading with them to stay. They say, ‘We’ll pay you another 30 grand to stay on board.”‘
  • “Estimates are that there are 100,000 unfilled security-clearance jobs, many of them in the Washington area, the largest market for such positions.”
  • “Those with security clearances earn an average 25 percent more than similarly skilled workers who lack them. That gap has been widening, too.”
  • “It’s in many cases better than having an MBA.”

Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential. [Associated Press]


Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

The Average U.S. Hourly Wage has Increased 25% Since 1997

The average U.S. hourly wage has been increasing steadily over the last 10 years. The increase has been from $12.51 an hour to $16.75 an hour, an increase of 25%. If increases continue at the current rate then in 2017 the average hourly wage will be $20.00 hourly (about $40,000 annually), $26.30 hourly in 2027 (about $52,000 annually), and $32.96 hourly in 2037 (about $66,000 annually). You can bet that inflation will keep pace though!

Below you will find a table with the average hourly pay for U.S. workers from 1997 – 2007.

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The following graph represents the same timeframe:

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For more information see:

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics
The White House Economic Statistics Briefing Room – Employment


Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn

If you are not yet a user of LinkedIn ( you should be. It can boost your career considerably. Guy Kawasaki VC and successful innovator and author writes about the ten ways to best use LinkedIn:

  1. 1. Increase your visibility.By adding connections, you increase the likelihood that people will see your profile first when they’re searching for someone to hire or do business with. In addition to appearing at the top of search results (which is a major plus if you’re one of the 52,000 product managers on LinkedIn), people would much rather work with people who their friends know and trust.
  2. Improve your connectability.Most new users put only their current company in their profile. By doing so, they severely limit their ability to connect with people. You should fill out your profile like it’s an executive bio, so include past companies, education, affiliations, and activities.

    You can also include a link to your profile as part of an email signature. The added benefit is that the link enables people to see all your credentials, which would be awkward if not downright strange, as an attachment.

  3. Improve your Google PageRank.LinkedIn allows you to make your profile information available for search engines to index. Since LinkedIn profiles receive a fairly high PageRank in Google, this is a good way to influence what people see when they search for you.

    To do this, create a public profile and select “Full View.” Also, instead of using the default URL, customize your public profile’s URL to be your actual name. To strengthen the visibility of this page in search engines, use this link in various places on the web> For example, when you comment in a blog, include a link to your profile in your signature.

  4. Enhance your search engine results.In addition to your name, you can also promote your blog or website to search engines like Google and Yahoo! Your LinkedIn profile allows you to publicize websites. There are a few pre-selected categories like “My Website,” “My Company,” etc.

    If you select “Other” you can modify the name of the link. If you’re linking to your personal blog, include your name or descriptive terms in the link, and voila! instant search-engine optimization for your site. To make this work, be sure your public profile setting is set to “Full View.”

  5. Perform blind, “reverse,” and company reference checks.LinkedIn’s reference check tool to input a company name and the years the person worked at the company to search for references. Your search will find the people who worked at the company during the same time period. Since references provided by a candidate will generally be glowing, this is a good way to get more balanced data.

    Companies will typically check your references before hiring you, but have you ever thought of checking your prospective manager’s references? Most interviewees don’t have the audacity to ask a potential boss for references, but with LinkedIn you have a way to scope her out.

    You can also check up on the company itself by finding the person who used to have the job that you’re interviewing for. Do this by searching for job title and company, but be sure to uncheck “Current titles only.” By contacting people who used to hold the position, you can get the inside scoop on the job, manager and growth potential.

    By the way, if using LinkedIn in these ways becomes a common practice, we’re apt to see more truthful resumes. There’s nothing more amusing than to find out that the candidate who claims to have caused some huge success was a total bozo who was just along for the ride.

  6. Increase the relevancy of your job search.Use LinkedIn’s advanced search to find people with educational and work experience like yours to see where they work. For example, a programmer would use search keywords such as “Ruby on Rails,” “C++,” “Python,” “Java,” and “evangelist” to find out where other programmers with these skills work.
  7. Make your interview go smoother.You can use LinkedIn to find the people that you’re meeting. Knowing that you went to the same school, plays hockey, or shares acquaintances is a lot better than an awkward silence after, “I’m doing fine, thank you.”
  8. Gauge the health of a company.Perform an advanced search for company name and uncheck the “Current Companies Only” box. This will enable you to scrutinize the rate of turnover and whether key people are abandoning ship. Former employees usually give more candid opinions about a company’s prospects than someone who’s still on board.
  9. Gauge the health of an industry.If you’re thinking of investing or working in a sector, use LinkedIn to find people who worked for competitors—or even better, companies who failed. For example, suppose you wanted to build a next generation online pet store, you’d probably learn a lot from speaking with former or WebVan employees.
  10. Track startups.You can see people in your network who are initiating new startups by doing an advanced search for a range of keywords such as “stealth” or “new startup.” Apply the “Sort By” filter to “Degrees away from you” in order to see the people closest to you first.
  11. Ask for advice.Linked In’s newest product, LinkedIn Answers, aims to enable this online. The product allows you to broadcast your business-related questions to both your network and the greater LinkedIn network. The premise is that you will get more high-value responses from the people in your network than more open forums.

    For example, here are some questions an entrepreneur might ask when the associates of a venture capital firm come up blank:

    • Who’s a good, fast, and cheap patent lawyer?
    • What should we pay a vp of biz dev?
    • Is going to Demo worth it?
    • How much traffic does a TechCrunch plug generate?

How to Change the World: Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn. [Guy Kawasaki]

Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

Implement the Kaizen Philosophy in Your Career

The good news first – Kaizen won’t require more than 30 seconds of your time each day. All that is required is that you pay attention so what you are thinking, and focus on setting simple and completely achievable goals. The Kaizen way suggests that you take small steps toward continuous improvement, instead of attempting to create radical change that you won’t be able to keep up with and sustain over time.

So instead of declaring, this New Year, what you will not do you might think of one small thing you could do every day that is easily attainable. This can be something as simple as deciding to eat one bite less of dessert or taking 15 seconds in the bathroom every day to breathe deeply three times. That’s all you have to do, just take one tiny step whether it’s a new thought, or a new action.

Kaizen is a gentle easy approach to problem solving that will enable you to attain your goal over time. When you implement simple small steps, you avoid triggering the fear and stress response in the brain, which are often what blocks success and the achievement of desired goals.

Sound too simple and ridiculous to be effective? Well consider this. After World War II, the entire Japanese economy was devastated. Dr. W. Edwards Denning introduced the principle of continuous improvement as a management strategy. Thousands of business managers enrolled into Management Training Programs and embraced the principle now known as Kaizen.

As we know, the post-war economy of Japan improved dramatically and productivity soared. Today the most successful business leaders in the world are starting to incorporate the Kaizen way into every area of their organisations.

Wikipedia Kaizen. [Wikipedia]

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