Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship and technology’

Quit Your Tech Job and Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities?

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

In his keynote address at the 2011 BiblioTech Conference at Stanford, serial entrepreneur and current Google in-house philosopher Damon Horowitz outlines why business needs more humanistic thinking. He believes that people who take the time to clarify their life’s meaning, cultivate critical thinking, and develop a unique perspective have a strong advantage in any field of business.  “About a decade ago,” Horowitz says, “I quit my technology job to get a Ph.D. in philosophy. And that was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Via Open Culture.

Text version of Horowitz’s address.

Watch the video of his address below:

Peter Thiel’s Stanford Course on Startups

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Blake Masters has posted in essay format his detailed notes from Peter Thiel’s Stanford course on startups. Mr. Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook, a venture capitalist, and hedge fund manger. Readers will find lots of great information on the history of startups, the tech startup bubble, the thought processes of founders, and how to begin. For example: “The path from 0 to 1 might start with asking and answering three questions. First, what is valuable? Second, what can I do? And third, what is nobody else doing?”

Read the notes here.

DeviantART: An Innovative Social Network for Artists

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Check out Entrepreneur Magazine‘s fascinating profile of Angelo Sotira, co-founder and CEO of DeviantART, a popular social network (over 14 million members) for visual artists of all kinds. Sotira and his colleagues created an innovative architecture to support online creative communities years before Facebook and MySpace, with features that those more famous social networks later appropriated. The article covers Sotira’s career, DeviantART’s history, its plans for the future, and also features a short video about Sotira and DeviantART.

Read it here.