A Century of Leadership – by Dean James Jiambalvo, University of Washington, Foster School of Business

December 6, 2017

A century ago, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business opened its doors to future business leaders.  As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, it seemed fitting…

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Aspen Ideas Festival 2017 – A Whole New World

July 26, 2017

It’s a whole new world since last year’s Aspen Ideas Fest.  This year’s conference focused on what those changes could mean for us long-term, both good and…

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Entrepreneurs who are Running with the Bulls at White Bull

July 10, 2017

I’ve been to the White Bull conference in Barcelona several times.  I go because I always make at least one important connection there.  I met Harry Marshall at White Bull four years ago. Harry would spend three months shadowing me in Silicon Valley and go on to become part of the Bay Partners team.  Last year, I met two of our four Neal’s Running Start candidates at White Bull.  This year, the conference had a new look and a new…

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China and the US: Can’t we all just get along?

May 16, 2017

In a time when geopolitical relations are strained, one company out of Kansas is looking to form a collaboration between US and Chinese doctors for better healthcare services. I’ve talked about the need for regional innovation hubs.  But sometimes, there’s a need to combine knowledge to bring about new ideas.  For example, Chinese and Western medicine.  As China’s population exploded, so did its healthcare needs.  The US is facing similar strains.  So, the question is, can companies from both countries…

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What Does it Take to be a CEO?

May 9, 2017

It had been 365 Days since meeting Mr. Neal Dempsey in person at Neal’s Running Start in San Francisco. And in 365 days, your life can be completely transformed. On day 1, one year ago, I was nervously arriving in San Francisco, having taken the biggest leap of my company’s life.  I had committed to spend a month in San Francisco under Neal Dempsey’s mentorship to see if I could take my company to new heights.  On that 365th day,…

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Saskatoon Swagger

March 23, 2017

Back in November, I wrote about reaching beyond Silicon Valley (link to blog post) to encourage innovation in other cities and towns.  The next industrial revolution will be all about technology, and cities who are not preparing for that may be left behind like we’ve seen in some of the regions who relied too long on outdated manufacturing and energy economies.  A couple of weeks ago, I visited Saskatoon, Canada to learn more about their burgeoning tech industry and how…

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Neal’s Running Start Entrepreneurs Offer their Top 5 Tips and Lessons

February 22, 2017

Last week, I had the pleasure of inviting all the Neal’s Running Start entrepreneurs to Aspen, Colorado for a reunion.  It’s been a little over a year since these four entrepreneurs from scattered parts of the globe were chosen to be part of the NRS 2016 program.  Their month with us was a non-stop marathon of lessons on business from Silicon Valley’s finest.  I wanted to see how they’ve applied what they learned since leaving. I thought I’d share some…

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Tech Industry Post-Election

November 22, 2016

What a difference a couple of weeks makes.  In my last blog post, I talked about how technology presented an opportunity for cities around the world to become innovation hubs.  Since then, we have been through an election cycle in the US.  President-elect Donald Trump was a surprise win to many, and in the post-election analysis, the issue of cities left-behind by the economy has been identified as a key factor in him being the chosen candidate.  We need to…

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Reaching Beyond Silicon Valley

October 18, 2016

I’ve spent the last few years meeting entrepreneurs from around the globe.  I’ve been to conferences like Web Summit, White Bull, and many meet-ups across the US and Europe.  There’s lots of talent and ideas outside of Silicon Valley, which is probably no surprise to anyone who lives outside the Bay Area.  However, many VCs and investors tend to keep their dollars in this region.  Of course, there are some large VC firms with overseas presence, but the majority keep…

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That’s a Wrap!

July 2, 2016

It’s been a month now since the Neal’s Running Start gang left San Francisco.  I’ve started to get back to my normal routines, but I miss their energy and the fun times.  I'm currently enjoying a trip to London to watch the Wimbledon matches and it happens to be Canada Day. So, I am reminiscing about my time with the European and one Canadian entrepreneur. I am compelled  to share a bit of what happened during the inaugural Neal’s Running…

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Nourishing Silicon Valley

June 10, 2016

Raul Lozano has spent his life feeding and nourishing people.  From his time as a young person harvesting food in California’s Central Valley, he has been aware of the divide between the fed and the hungry. That gap has gotten wider as vegetables, especially organic vegetables, have gone up in price, making healthy food out of reach for many, even in Silicon Valley’s tech-fueled-wealth environment. Raul founded Valley Verde to help San Jose’s most vulnerable residents have access to healthy,…

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