Era Ends for Google as Founders Step Aside From a Pillar of Tech

Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have taken a back seat in their roles at the tech giant, but nevertheless retain a 51% control of the company.

Can Google CEO Sundar Pichai also be Alphabet’s Chief Entrepreneur for moonshots at the same time – follow this link to find out.

Interview with Alexander Osterwalder – Co-Author of Business Model Generation

Jorge Pimenta catches up with Alex Osterwalder at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.

The biggest quality a good entrepreneur has is to get up after being told you’re an idiot a hundred times. Keep reading here.

A Guide for Intrapreneurs

How employees can catalyze innovation from within organisations.

Only eight of the thirty most transformative innovations were first conceived by entrepreneurs; 22 were conceived by employees. Keep reading the story here.

Entrepreneurs, Then and Now

CEO of Slack, Stewart Butterfield, interviews the a16z co-founders in this special episode of the a16z Podcast to commemorate their 10th anniversary.

Learn what’s changed – not just in tech, but in profiles of entrepreneurs – in the last ten years. Nice podcast – 45 minutes to listen here.

More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost

Entrepreneurs are moving away from the venture capital business model of raising a lot of money as a means achieving growth, selling the company or going public.

For real innovation to occur you have to be able to make decisions for the good of the business, rather than it’s investors. Here is the story to it …

Your Job is Not to Make Every Possible Customer Happy

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It’s understanding who to listen to and why.

It’s easy to get lost in building every feature possible. Steve Blank provides insight into how you should understand customer priorities here.

A Guide To Intrapreneurship

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ISN’T JUST FOR STARTUPS — CORPORATIONS NEED IT NOW MORE THAN EVER.

A great write up by Meredith Somers on mitsloan – the the complete story here.

How Old Are Successful Tech Entrepreneurs?

A definitive new study dispels the myth of the Silicon Valley wunderkind.

Silicon Valley’s tech workers can go to great lengths to appear youthful—from having plastic surgery and hair transplants, to lurking in the parking lots of hip tech companies to see how the young and promising dress, as chronicled a few years ago by the New Republic.

Keep reading here.

Why Entrepreneurs Outperform Intrapreneurs

“Mid-20th century economists, most notably John Kenneth Galbraith, predicted that large companies would be responsible for most of the groundbreaking innovations in our future. History has proved them dead wrong.

In fact, the opposite has turned out to be true. Startups – entrepreneurial companies – are the engine of innovation in the modern economy, and as a result they grow disproportionately faster than large, established firms.”

Nice article from Bill Barnett – read the full article here. Also links nicely to a previous post “Why There’s No Such Thing as a Corporate Entrepreneur

Bottom line there is a lot of truth in both posts – nonetheless, it always depends on the ***Preneurs ‘themselves’. It can happen that you have a right environment with the right setup with the right spirited ***Preneurs in a corporate or enterprise, that comes VERY, VERY close to a Startup-Up/Entrepreneur kind of spirit, execution, success, and pace. But it depends on environment and people- well, as always … 🙂

Why There’s No Such Thing as a Corporate Entrepreneur

“Can we please agree that there is no such thing as a corporate entrepreneur?
[remark: keep reading to get the full picture …]

The term corporate entrepreneur devalues what real entrepreneurs do, and it creates a haze of hokum around people trying to innovate in large companies that sets them up to fail.

Five things differentiate the entrepreneur from the innovation leader:

* Bureaucracy and politics
* Upside
* Fear of failure
* Persistence
* Private vs. Public”

… read the full blog here.