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Paul Buchheit: The future of venture capital and high-tech entrepreneurship (stanford.edu)
73 points by juiceandjuice 1361 days ago | past | web | 13 comments



Great talk. Favorite quote so far: "The thing that we've noticed is that the longer you spend at a big company, the worse of an entrepreneur you are."

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Yeah, I think staying at a big company is a proxy for a few things that can work against entrepreneurship: risk aversion, used to "playing a role", divorce of your daily thinking from the marketplace... It's like at BigCo you become a specialized, mature cell. Startups require stem cells, ready to adapt into whatever the market requires.

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Quite profound. Companies seem to thrive on sould crunching. My own experience leads me to believe so.

But would the inverse also hold true? Is unemployment a fuel to entrepreneurship? The longer you are unemployed or under employed leads to one just going for it?

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Opposite of big company != unemployed||underemployed.

Could be working for startups, starting a startup, grad/school, independent contracting/freelancing, etc.

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I'd imagine that the number of successful entrepreneurs that couldn't find employment if they wanted to is pretty low. Personally, and from what I've seen, entrepreneurs and self-employed people just really really don't like working for 'the Man'. Even if 'the Man' is a great employer.

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Sorry for the stupid question - how can I watch the talk right now? The "CLICK HERE" didn't bring me anywhere.

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Here you go:

http://ee380.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/videologger.php?target=120...

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It was in the join the webcast link, but the talk is now over.

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For those who missed the webcast:

http://ee380.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/videologger.php?target=120...

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This link doesn't seem to load any video. :/

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The part about being holed up in an apartment resonated with me. I worked for a startup in the valley and then moved to India to start a new company. So being in a place where running a tech company is not the default is a lot of friction!

Its talks and videos which help I think.

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This was such a great talk. The best comment was from the Professor when someone in the audience asked about being a single founder.

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Thanks but I wish that I had come up with a nicer way to say it. (And, I'm not a professor - I'm officially a part-time lecturer but I really just introduce speakers.)

Perhaps "There's nothing wrong with working on something for a long time but real founders ship".

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