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CEE Review: Young entrepreneurs struggle in school | Google in Europe | Occupational licensing, and more

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

News and Opinion

Why everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. At Funders and Founders.

Privacy and internet search engines. Google responds to a European court’s ruling that individuals have a right to have no-longer-relevant information deleted from search engine results. The Wall Street Journal‘s site.

The ten richest Americans in history. Professor Donald Boudreaux comments at Cafe Hayek.bored-in-school

Richard Branson on why entrepreneurs sometimes struggle with formal education. At Entrepreneur magazine. Related: “Educating for Entrepreneurship” — Stephen Hicks working paper, June 2014.

A legislative agenda for entrepreneurs. At the Illinois Policy Institute’s site.

“Business as a Moral Endeavor” — a new short video featuring a variety of entrepreneurs, CEOs, and intellectuals on the intersection of business and ethics. Produced at the Wake Forest University School of Business.

At Econ Journal Watch, Uwe Reinhardt reviews Morris Kleiner: Does occupational licensing deserve our seal of approval?


Two conferences in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2014: the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Idea: sandefer-jeff-ufm“Education properly understood, to me, is not about telling. Education is not about having me tell you something and you regurgitate it to me. It’s about a process of discovery; it’s a process of learning, of asking questions, of making mistakes. It’s trial and error, just like entrepreneurship.” (Jeff Sandefer)

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O’Connor’s Reddit IAmA

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Last week, Kaizen interviewee Kevin O’Connor, former co-founder and CEO of DoubleClick and current CEO of FindTheBest, engaged in an extended question and answer session (“IAmA”) on the social news site Reddit. Here is Mr. O’Connor on internet ads:

“Yes, I’m fully aware people don’t like ads but they prefer free content even more. How do we know people like targeted ads? Because they vastly outperform untargeted ads.

Better performing ads->more revenue to publishers->better content->better user experience.

Without targeted ads, most publishers would die and the internet would be a really crappy or expensive place to be.”

Read the full IAMA here [occasional adult language from reddit users].

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:

The Perils of Student Entrepreneurship

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Many universities, Brian Love explains, have patent assignment policies for their students hidden within their broader student policy agreement. Entrepreneurial students should be aware of the potential of such policies to hinder their future business successes. In some cases innovative students are sued and imprisoned for attempting to claim ownership of their inventions.

Read the article at The Boston Globe.

Bold Predictions from Silicon Valley

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Is Microsoft doomed to fail? Does the LinkedInIPO signal a new bubble? Is Google  the model of success? Silicon Valley entrepreneur, writer, and professor, Steve Blanks, makes a number of bold assertions about the state of tech-based businesses in this Business Insider article.

For more information about Steve Blanks, visit his website.

Interview with John Chisholm

Monday, May 10th, 2010

John Chisholm is the founder, former CEO and chairman of Decisive Technology, a pioneer in online survey software (now part of Google), and of CustomerSat, a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems (now part of MarketTools). A 30-year veteran executive of Silicon Valley, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He chairs the MIT Club of Northern California, serves as trustee of the Santa Fe Institute, as member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee, and as mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the Board of the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, one of Stanford’s twelve independent laboratories; as a member of the visiting committee of the MIT Department of Mathematics; and as vice president of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association. He is author or co-author of two patents in online polling. We met with Mr. Chisholm in the San Francisco bay area to explore his thoughts on the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship.

Kaizen: You have founded two high-tech companies, Decisive Technology and CustomerSat. Were you technically oriented as a youth?

Chisholm: I think you would say so. I liked to take clocks apart and try to figure out how the gears and springs worked together. I grew up in Jupiter, Florida, a small town about 20 miles north of West Palm Beach. In junior high school, my best friend Al Pion and I each memorized pi to over 100 decimal places—we would recite it alternating the digits, like tossing a ball back and forth. Talk about geeky!


April 2010 Issue of Kaizen

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with John Chisholm, founder of Decisive Technology, a pioneer in online survey software (and now part of Google), and CustomerSat, a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems (now part of MarketTools).

Also featured in Kaizen are: this semester’s Introduction to Philosophy student essay contest winners – Bronson Garcia, Mona Khalifeh, and Erica Price; Guest Speaker William Kline; and news about our professors.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Chisholm.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at]

Interview with Judy Estrin

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Judy Estrin, CEO of JLabs, is the co-founder of seven technology companies.  She was the Chief Technology Officer of Cisco Systems from 1998 to 2000 and has served on the boards of Rockwell and Sun Microsystems. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company and FedEx, the advisory board of Stanford’s School of Engineering and Bio-X interdisciplinary program, and the University of California President’s Science and Innovation Advisory Board. Most recently, she is the author of Closing the Innovation Gap (McGraw-Hill, 2008). We met with Ms. Estrin in Menlo Park, California to explore her thoughts on educating and managing for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Kaizen: What was it like growing up in a high-powered science-and-engineering family?

Estrin: That’s hard to answer because I don’t know anything but growing up steeped in science. A lot of the trips we took during the summer were to academic scientific conferences throughout the world. As I talk about in the preface of Closing the Innovation Gap, it wasn’t just that my parents were both academics, but both were Ph.D.s in electrical engineering — it was quite rare at the time for a woman to have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. And so I just grew up in an environment where I was surrounded by academics and scientists.


What Have Venture Capitalists Really Done for Innovation?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

MoneyAn article by Vivek Wadhwa at TechCrunch explains why “VCs follow innovation, they don’t lead.”

The National Venture Capital Association claims in their Venture Impact report that companies like Microsoft and Google “…would not exist today without the funding and guidance provided during their early stages by venture capitalists.”

But what about the entrepreneurs who, as Wadhwa puts it, “risk their life savings, max out their credit cards and put their families in the back seat?”

Read the article here.

Who were the most influential people in business ethics in 2008?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

The Ethisphere Institute, a business ethics think tank, published a list of the 100 most influential people in business ethics in 2008. The honorees include notables in business such as actor and entrepreneur Paul Newman, Costco CEO Jim Senegal, Coca-Cola Chairman Neville Isdell, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott.