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Entrepreneur Journeys

12 Udemy Courses with Entrepreneurship Case Studies

Posted on Thursday, Sep 30th 2021

Entrepreneurship is not a career. It is a way of life.

For me, this journey began as a graduate student at MIT in 1994. The world watched Netscape go public that spring, and the Internet swept over us like a virus. As I wrote my Masters thesis, I also wrote my first business plan. We were, as a generation, shaping the Internet during those early years, and, my degree in hand, I was ready to jump into the unknown – from then on really, I have been jumping into unknowns at every turn.

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Urging Authors to be Entrepreneurs: iUniverse CEO Kevin Weiss (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 10th 2008

Writing a book takes dedication. For many authors it is a culminating, defining feat of their lives. Sadly, the chances of an author’s book actually being read are miniscule at best. >>>

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Tackling EDA’s Broken Business Model: Blaze DFM CEO Jacob Jacobsson (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 3rd 2008

There is a common phrase, ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’. Business, high tech business in particular, has a series of interdependencies which have evolved into an ecosystem. This is particularly apparent in EDA, where Intel and AMD rely on the tools provided by EDA vendors to design a chip. >>>

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Building A Vertical Ad Network Powerhouse: Glam Media CEO Samir Arora (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 23rd 2008

Samir Arora is a serial entrepreneur with a history that includes Rae Technology and NetObjects. Aside from being chairman and CEO of Glam Media, he is chairman (and founder) of Information Capital LLC. Glam Media offers a self-coined ‘vertical content network’ platform. The Glam Media network includes over 400 publishers, all of whom receive an extensive platform of services through their relationship with Glam. Here I discuss Samir’s entrepreneurial roots and his current efforts.

SM: Samir, where does your journey begin?

SA: I was born in New Delhi. I had traditional schooling but was also very serious about acting. I was on stage as early as six and have been in 30 productions. I also wrote some plays and musicals. In school I had a very strong focus on math and physics. My family is filled with business entrepreneurs, which is where I get my passion for business. >>>

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Towards Personalization: Strands Founder Francisco Martin (Part 1)

Posted on Sunday, Jun 15th 2008

Dr. Francisco Martin, serial entrepreneur and the CEO/Founder of Strands, has found his niche applying AI solutions to various technology problems. At Strands he has developed an intelligent agent which understands and learns your personal tastes via several different methods. >>>

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Social Networking Without Boundaries : hi5 CEO Ramu Yalamanchi (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jun 7th 2008

Ramu Yalamanchi runs hi5, one of the leading social networking companies in the world. The company is recognized as one of the fastest growing social networking companies. Here I discuss the strategy behind hi5 with Ramu and gain some of his insights for the future. >>>

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Vertical Travel Search Engine Kayak CEO Steve Hafner (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, May 31st 2008

I have written endlessly about the verticalization of the web, and the rise of vertical search engines, vertical ad networks, and the threat they pose to Google. I have also featured Kayak in the Deal Radar series earlier, and here, I speak with their CEO for a comprehensive discussion on Kayak’s strategy. >>>

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Catching Up on Readings: Design In The 21st Century

Posted on Sunday, May 25th 2008

Time for another round of recap since the last one on May 10 … See what you have missed, and catch up. >>>

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Bringing Banking To The Cell Phone Masses : Obopay CEO Carol Realini (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, May 23rd 2008

What do you do when you have had a wildly successful career and are happily retired? If you are Carol Realini you spend some time doing global humanitarian work and then you start a new business venture! Carol, CEO and founder of Obopay, has found not only a second career but also a potential opportunity to shape the way millions around the globe access banking services. Here I discuss with Carol how inspiration on a trip to Congo has resulted in a new multi-million dollar venture. >>>

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Catching Up on Readings: Hydro Alchemy

Posted on Saturday, May 10th 2008

Since the last catching up list on April 26, you may have accumulated more backlog. What’s with the Yahoo-Microsoft frenzy? Here’s a quick cache of the articles since then that you may want to make sure you read: >>>

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Right Technology, Right Time: Opportunistic Ocarina CEO Murli Thirumale (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th 2008

Timing is an essential aspect of any successful venture. Attempt to launch the venture too soon and the market may not exist or be mature enough to sustain your venture. Enter the market too late and you are bound to be fighting competition. Murli Thirumale has repeatedly brought high technology to the market, and recounts his successes and failures with market timing with some invaluable lessons. Here we review his portfolio of ventures and discuss his current startup, Ocarina Networks.

SM: Murli, let’s start with your background. Tell us where you come from, a bit about your background and what brought you to where you are now.

MT: My hometown is Bangalore, the city of traffic jams! I traveled up north and went to school up north in Benares. From there I went right to Chicago to go to business school at Northwestern. After Northwestern I came out here and worked for HP for the next 15 years. >>>

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