VIDEO Series: Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you’re a Mac or a PC, the truth is that Steve Jobs is a visionary and widely recognized innovator, and in this edition of the Video Series, we present you with the 2005 Stanford University commencement speech by Steve Jobs.

But aside from just the CEO of Apple talking about OS X, or the iPhone, he talks about his life, and what made him the entrepreneur and innovator he is today.

Video Series: Top 10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

This video comes from the Stanford GSB, in which  a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, board members and other professionals discuss the common pitfalls most new entrepreneurs encounter when building their business.

This video is a bit different than others, when discussing learning and failure, in that this video focuses on learning from success other than failure, while having one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel may be great, so is taking the best practices and learning from them. We can after all learn not only from the mistakes of others, but also their successes.

VIDEO Series: Seth Godin on Ideas that Spread, Win

Today’s video comes from the greater talent network, where Seth Godin, serial entrepreneur behind such businesses as Squidoo, Change This, Yoyodine and others, and author discusses what can effectively be called the concept of scalability in business, especially in terms of product advertising and marketing.

Please note that, we’ve provided with you the longer version of the video, the one that doesn’t cut out 1/2 way after eight minutes.

VIDEO Series: The Invisible Revolution – Biotechnology

Biotech is dead, long live biotech.

The Wall Street Journal claimed in 2009 that it was a dire time for the biotech industry. New firms had little cash, and the outlook was grim indeed, then come January 2010 and we see a report indicating that the industry raised a record breaking $55.8 bn, yes billion, despite unfriendly capital markets. Why, we’ll cover that later on today but for now, we’d like to introduce you to the Invisible Revolution of Biotechnology.

It’s no big surprise that what you tend to see on a daily basis in the realm of startup blogs, sites and otherwise material focuses on the mobile / the web / and new tech, this is simply due to the fact that these types of products are the most readily accessible by the consumer and therefore have the most mass media appeal.

Notwithstanding this invisible technological revolution is taking place at the same time as the ordinary tech one we see, hear about feel and touch on a daily basis; yet we deal with the invisible as well, where it affects us in ways unseen, it makes our lives better, makes us live longer, and helps not only us, but the environment.

This is Biotechnology. It’s unlike most anything else, not only because it’s “under the hood” of the media spotlight, nor because it can be anything from a geno-engineered microbe to a new form of high ethanol producing crops. It’s in its business model. You see, the web startup, or the software company can get a product to the shelf fairly quickly, with the web, if you have a good idea and some chips time to market can be as little as a few months if that, with biotech however, product development can take years, and oftentimes it will be a decade or more before the firm sees its first customer.

The biotech startup model is a complexly woven web which more than deserves its own analysis, and at the same time, and from the point of view of startup aficionados as ourselves it’s something breathtakingly beautiful.

So in the event you’re familiar with the industry, have a watch and enjoy, and if not, then welcome to the world which is Biotechnology. And a big thanks to the people at Europa Bio for putting this video together.

VIDEO Series: Our Inspirationally Changing World


Another video this week, this one is from a “did you know” series and talks about the currently somewhat exponential growth in the way that technology is augmenting communication and how the world just keeps on getting smaller. It’s quite interesting and cool to see the way that our world and our species is evolving, and how we’re all working in commonality towards “something”. And notwithstanding, just think about your lifetime, and how much has changes since you were a kid, and where we’ll be in 20-30-50-100 years.

Video Series: Following Your Goal


This video comes from the May 18, 2005 presentation by Jeff Hawkins for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program Entrepreneurship Corner in the School of Engineering at Stanford University.

Jeff Hawkins is the founder of Palm Co. and in this video he speaks about having fun, keeping your eye on your goals, prioritizing and work life balance, and dealing with those little crises that happen all too often to entrepreneurs.

In all it’s a great and quick video that we believe everyone should see as it gives some really good insights.

In any case, enjoy.

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