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Launching a startup venture and growing to a dominant business that generates millions, hundreds of millions or even billions of revenue is an extremely difficult and admirable accomplishment.
As an aspiring entrepreneur, one of the best ways to learn about this arduous endeavor of growing and scaling a business is to study and carefully watch the journey of successful entrepreneurs.
For this reason, I regularly watch videos that feature accomplished entrepreneur, whether those are interviews, presentations or lectures.
In this post, I have collected several videos that I have watched and which are tremendously insightful and packed with valuable information.
They features names that you already know, from startup founders to billionaires, but also people that you might not have heard of (but you can actually resonate better with).
The videos cover a lot of topics, from why and how to start a business, how to scale it, how to think strategically, how to dominate your industry and how to think like a visionaire.
I am sure that you are going to enjoy them tremendously, so make sure to turn your TV off and add these to your backlog. You won’t be disappointed!
Ready to delve into it? Let’s kick it!
How and Why to Start A Startup – Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz
Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook and Asana, kick off the How to Start a Startup Course. Dustin discusses Why to Start a Startup and Sam introduces the 4 key components of Starting a Startup: Idea, Product, Team and Execution.
Entrepreneurship Series – Business Plan Writing 101
Wharton Entrepreneurship Workshop, “Business Plan Writing 101,” featuring Patrick FitzGerald, C’97, Managing Director of DreamIt Ventures. FitzGerald discusses what is required to write an effective business plan.
Bootstrapping Like a Boss, Oussama Ammar, Partner at TheFamily
This conference is given by Oussama Ammar, cofounder and partner at TheFamily. Before seeking any outside funding, you must bootstrap. What does it mean? You may not find customers on day one, so you’ll have to be creative in order to grow your startup. Bootstrapping is about creating the best opportunities to build your product, your community, your team and your culture.
Technology Venture Academy: Opportunity with Matt Barrie, CEO Freelancer.com
Lecture 1 as part of the Technology Entrepreneurship Lecture Series at the University of Sydney. Barrie discusses how the modern entrepreneur should think about assessing opportunities, building businesses and creating wealth.
Rick Marini has been there and done that at Hustle Con
Rick Marini is a successful founder and active angel investor. He founded Tickle which led to a $100m exit and most recently founded BranchOut and Talk.co which was acquired by Hearst media. On top of that, Rick is an investor & advisor to 40+ startups.
Anthony Casalena (Squarespace) at Startup Grind New York
Anthony Casalena is the Founder and CEO of Squarespace, which he started from his dorm room in 2003. During the company’s early years, Anthony acted as the sole engineer, designer, and support representative for the entire Squarespace platform, allowing for it to be a stable business from the outset.
Valuetainment – How to REALLY Become A Millionaire
Patrick Bet-David discusses the timeline, elements and intangibles of what it really takes to become a millionaire.
“Evolution of your Role as Founder” by Janis Zech (Fyber, Point Nine Capital)
In this talk, Janis Zech, Co-Founder of Fyber and now Venture Partner at Point Nine Capital, shares the different stages of his entrepreneurial journey! Janis is an entrepreneur & investor passionate about tech startups, bright minds & bold ideas. He started Fyber, a cross-platform monetization & advertising solution for app developers back in 2009. Five years later, he sold it for €150M.
Competition is for Losers (Peter Thiel)
Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in “Competition is For Losers”.
Blitzscaling 18: Brian Chesky on Launching Airbnb and the Challenges of Scale
This is session 18 of Technology-enabled Blitzscaling, a Stanford University class taught by Reid Hoffman, John Lilly, Allen Blue, and Chris Yeh. This class features Reed Hoffman interviewing Brian Chesky, the Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb.
Elon Musk: Tesla Motors CEO, Stanford GSB 2013 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year
At the 36th annual ENCORE Award event on October 2, 2013, Stanford Graduate School of Business honored Tesla Motor CEO and Product Architect, Elon Musk.
Michael Dell: Creating a Computer Empire (Interview)
An interview with Michael Dell. In this interview Michael discusses how he started Dell at 19 with $1000 and turned it into the computer empire it is today. This interview also covers Michaels early life and experiences of business, how to deal with setbacks, philanthropy and advice for young entrepreneurs.
Drew Houston : How to Build the Future
Drew is the founder and CEO of Dropbox. Rejected once before, Drew eventually went through Y Combinator in the Winter of 2007 with Dropbox and has since grown it to over 500 million users today.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos: Innovation, Culture and Acquisitions
An interview with billionaire and founder/CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. In this interview, Jeff discusses innovation at Amazon and how he keeps talented employees. Jeff also talks about buying the Washington Post and his vision for space and Blue Origin.
Chamath Palihapitiya: Investing To Create Positive Social Change
An interview with venture capitalist and founder of Social Change, Chamath Palihapitiya. In this interview, Chamath discusses how Social Change invests to create positive change and the power of being able to invest long term. Chamath also talk about the need for new business leaders to acquire capital and deploy it for their world views.
That’s all folks! These videos run for several hours and need a serious commitment of your time, but I am certain that they will have a tremendously positive impact on the way you think about business, entreprepreneurship and life. Enjoy!