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Rauch on the Volt, Risk, and Corporate Culture
Jonathan Rauch, of the Brookings Institution and the Atlantic Monthly, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the evolution of the Chevy Volt, GM's planned electric car. Due to the transparency of GM's effort, Rauch was able to spend a great deal of time on site at GM writing a piece for the Atlantic Monthly on GM's plans and hopes. Rauch discusses the huge risks, GM's past failures, and GM's hopes that the Volt might change the company's culture. The conversation closes with a discussion
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Spotlight on Scalability - Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)
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.
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Building an Organization, Building a Team - Mari Baker (PlayFirst)
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.
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A History of Venture Capital - Spencer E. Ante (BusinessWeek)
Spencer E. Ante, BusinessWeek editor and author, quotes excerpts from his book, Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital, and offers a historical portal into the start and evolution of venture capital. He draws an investment timeline starting with the post-WWII economy, delves into the dominance of Silicon Valley, and discusses current recessionary activity.
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The Growth and Bloom of Cooliris - Soujanya Bhumkar, Josh Schwarzapel, Austin Shoemaker (Cooliris)
The team behind Cooliris - CEO Soujanya Bhumkar, Product Manager Josh Schwarzapel, and CTO Austin Shoemaker - discuss in detail the launch and management of their innovative web-discovery business. Topics discussed include cultivating vigorous start-up energy, building monetization into the product, and building an effective and talented team.
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13 Mistakes and 13 Brilliant Strokes - Hugh Martin (Pacific Biosciences)
Hugh Martin, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Biosciences, looks back on the evolution of his career - from building computers to creating the future of medicine. Martin charts the lessons he learned working for large technology firms, as a leader in several successful start-ups, and while being courted by the VC community to launch a new wave in bioscience.
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Retooling Early Stage Development - Steve Blank (Serial Entrepreneur)
Ninety-percent of Silicon Valley's start-ups fail not because of faulty product, but because they don't tap the right market and they don't know their customer. Well-seasoned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank drafts a new model for plotting the path between good idea and market success.
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Angel Investing Revealed - Ron Conway, Mike Maples Jr. (Angel Investors)
Experienced angel investors, Ron Conway, Founder of Angel Investors LP, and Mike Maples, Founder of Maples Investments, provide a rare look into the ins and outs of angel investing. Conway and Maples discuss how angel investors assess opportunities, provide assistance to entrepreneurs and transition start-ups to larger venture investments or exit. In addition, Conway and Maples provide advice to entrepreneurs about finding one's passion and developing that passion into new ventures, including in
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Connecting Common Experiences - Armen Berjikly, Julio Vasconcellos (Experience Project)
Armen Berjikly, the Founder and CEO of The Experience Project, and Julio Vasconcellos, VP of Business Development discuss their experience of building a technology start-up that unites people who can improve each other's lives. Berjikly discusses how he built his new venture from fund raising to establishing the company infrastructure. He talks about the importance of hiring the right people to work in a start-up and illustrates the key role of a "Mentor Capitalist" in the journey of an entrepre
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From Venture Capitalist to Entrepreneur - Donna Novitsky (Big Tent)
Donna Novitsky, CEO of Big Tent Design and a former venture capitalist at Mohr Davidow Ventures contrasts her experiences as an executive in a start-up, a venture capitalist and as an entrepreneur. Novitsky addresses the role of risk mitigation in investing in new ventures and the importance of having a singular focus, aligning company goals with funding requirements and team work in an entrepreneurial environment. Her motto, "Go big or don't go!" has driven her endeavors from her first job to h
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Adventures of a Startup CEO: No Guts No Glory - Andrew Frame, Warren Packard (Ooma)
Warren Packard, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Andrew Frame, CEO of Ooma, present 10 lessons for building a successful start-up. They highlight the importance of dislocating large markets, active recruiting, organizational design, board construction, alignment of vision, managing mis-hires, building for scalability, product development, intellectual capital, and mentorship in establishing a lasting enterprise that adds value in the marketplace.
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Overcoming Adversity and Taking Risks - Jackie Speier, Deborah Stephens (Former St Senator)
Former California State Senator Jackie Speier and best-selling author Deborah Collins Stephens share engaging stories about taking risks, learning from failure, overcoming adversity, and challenging the status quo based on their extensive leadership experience.
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5 Must-Haves of an Entrepreneurial Career - Gregory Waldorf (eHarmony)
Greg Waldorf, CEO of the online matchmaking service eHarmony.com, describes the essential components of a successful entrepreneurial career. He believes that working with great people, taking risks, adaptability, passion and timely execution of plans can lead to success for entrepreneurs. He draws parallels between the satisfaction found through finding the right career path and a fulfilling relationship.
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Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path - Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)
In this candid entrepreneurial narrative, Reid Hoffman describes his journey from academia to PayPal, to finally founding the professional networking site LinkedIn. Hoffman suggests that to be a successful entrepreneur you have to take risks where others wouldn't and be willing to deviate from the beaten path.
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The Contrasts of a Big Company and a Small Start-Up - Gil Penchina (Wikia)
Gil Penchina, CEO of Wikia, and an 8-year veteran of eBay, contrasts his experiences and lessons of working in a big company with heading a small start-up.
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Life Inside a Law Firm - John Roos (WSGR)
John Roos, CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, has represented many major Silicon Valley companies during mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. In this lecture, he describes many of the lessons he's learned since joining the firm in 1988, including building a brand, taking risks, and the importance of integrity.
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1.2. Tracing word histories

‘Romance languages, a group of modern languages derived from the ancient Latin language and spoken by about 400 million people. These languages form a major group in the Indo-European languages, belonging to that family's subfamily of Italic languages. They developed from the colloquial Latin of late Roman times, their separation from Latin becoming evident in the 5th to 9th centuries.’


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Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence - see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ - Original copyright The Open University

What's the Deal With Dope?
Hosted by the Loyola University Society for Civic Engagement on 27 March 2014, Mark Thornton appeared via Skype to discuss some of the intended and unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana.

From Start-up to Market Dominance in the Field of Surgical Robotics - Lonnie Smith (Intuitive Surgic
Lonnie Smith, President and CEO of Intuitive Surgical, discusses Intuitive's path from start-up to market dominance in the field of surgical robotics.
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The Passion and Perseverance Behind a Start-up - Joe Liemandt (Trilogy)
Joe Liemandt, founder, President and CEO of Trilogy, describes the passion and perseverance it took to take his enterprise software company from a five-person start-up to a global industry leader.
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