Saturday, March 10, 2007

Resources for Entrepreneurs at Stanford

The fact that there are so many resources for entrepreneurs available online is both a blessing and a curse. It's hard to know which sites to focus on, and how to make sense of sometimes contradictory advice. I will not attempt to provide a comprehensive list here - it'll be obsolete as soon as it's published. Instead, I would like to point you to some entrepreneurship resources provided by my alma mater, Stanford University. There is a lot of great information, videos, podcasts among other resources, all available freely and online. Take a look at these sites - there's great information available for you here:
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford University. Deals with all things entrepreneurial at Graduate School of Business. Lots of research papers, videos of speeches given by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and an "Entrepreneur Resource Database" that connects entrepreneurs with potential partners or investors.
  • Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders lecture series. The lectures are free and open to the public; they occur every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30PM at the Skilling Auditorium at Stanford. If you can't go, the lectures are all available online, along with handouts and other supplemental material.
  • Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford University. Deals with all things entrepreneurial at the Engineering School. So far not a lot of useful material for entrepreneurs - most of the presentations have to do with teaching entrepreneurship - but stay tuned.
Can entrepreneurship be learned? Probably not, but you can certainly benefit from understanding what others have done, and forming your own pattern recognition rules.