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By Dave Murphy The best entrepreneurs have a thirst for knowledge and may be willing to attempt the impossible, venture capitalist John Doerr told a student audience. STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When asked what makes a great entrepreneur, venture capitalist John Doerr points to ambition and a thirst for knowledge. “The best entrepreneurs [...]

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By Marguerite Rigoglioso STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Getting a product from the back of a napkin to the customer is the dream of every entrepreneur. Yet young companies typically go to market and ramp up a sales force before they are really ready, which means they inevitably burn through cash, fail to meet revenue expectations, [...]

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By Bill Snyder STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Few figures have had a larger impact on the American imagination than the cowboy. Tough, self-reliant, and brave, the mythological cowboy was America personified. But as the 20th century drew to a close, a new mythic figure captured the stage: the high-tech entrepreneur. Armed with grit, limitless imagination, [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Entrepreneurs must be generalists. To start a company, whether it specializes in building construction or Internet services, requires a variety of skills, argues Edward Lazear, and he uses data from a survey of Stanford Business School MBA alumni to prove his point. “Those who end up being entrepreneurs study a more [...]

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