If You Really Want to Change the World: A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures

By Henry Kressel, Norman Winarsky
Silicon Valley’s popular approach to creating new ventures is rooted in trial and error--test markets with new concepts and a minimum amount of capital, and hope for valuable businesses to emerge. But this fail-fast, hit-or-miss, step-and-pivot, or tech-first philosophy can leave a trail of destruction and loss in its wake. It can be like a random walk in the forest--without a compass. This book is about helping the great entrepreneurs find true north. Henry Kressel and Norman Winarsky--technologists, inventors, and investors with stellar track records--have an approach for those who wish to create a market-leading company that will make an impact on the world: a disciplined and staged approach they’ve used to launch, invest in, and develop dozens of successful companies--and to create whole new markets. The method they describe takes the entrepreneur by the hand, step-by-step, through the critical stages of development of a great venture, from concept to acquisition or public offering, to being a mature company seeking to maintain its culture of innovation. It is a guide by innovators and for innovators, with approaches that are timeless. If You Really Want to Change the World is your guide to creating massively successful ventures. Drawing on the authors’ experiences as well as those of their partners from around the world, Kressel and Winarsky share the stories of their triumphs and misses as of a way of demonstrating their method and inspiring their readers. They guide entrepreneurs and innovators in companies of all scale--start-ups, research institutions, government agencies, and corporations--on how to execute with the aim of creating companies that can change the world.


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insight and concrete steps the hopeful can take to advance their dreams of building something meaningful and long-lasting. VentureBeat
Advance Praise for "If You Really Want to Change the World"
Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Stanford W. Ascherman MD Professor, School of Engineering, Stanford University
Kressel and Winarsky have created the definitive road map that injects sanity, creativity, and boldness into the venturing process. This is "the" book for serious entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors who want to use their time and resources most effectively to create truly breakthrough companies.
Vinod Khosla, founder, Khosla Ventures
An essential guide to all the stages of a company s growth.
Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital
Ever wonder where Siri was born? Or from where Nuance, Fair Isaac, and Intuitive Surgical derive their pedigrees? It is SRI, one of Silicon Valley s best-kept secrets. "If You Really Want to Change the World" introduces the purposeful and careful method that SRI and others have used to spawn these and similar companies, and helped turn them into forces that now touch millions of people.
Alfred Chuang, founder and CEO, Magnet Systems; cofounder and former CEO, BEA Systems
"If You Really Want to Change the World" is mandatory reading for any entrepreneur who wants to start a company or any investor who wants to invest in one. It will change the way you think about entrepreneurship and what you must endure to become successful."
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Advance Praise for "If You Really Want to Change the World"
Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Stanford W. Ascherman MD Professor, School of Engineering, Stanford University
Kressel and Winarsky have created the definitive road map that injects sanity, creativity, and boldness into the venturing process. This is "the" book for serious entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors who want to use their time and resources most effectively to create truly breakthrough companies.
Vinod Khosla, founder, Khosla Ventures
An essential guide to all the stages of a company s growth.
Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital
Ever wonder where Siri was born? Or from where Nuance, Fair Isaac, and Intuitive Surgical derive their pedigrees? It is SRI, one of Silicon Valley s best-kept secrets. "If You Really Want to Change the World" introduces the purposeful and careful method that SRI and others have used to spawn these and similar companies, and helped turn them into forces that now touch millions of people.
Alfred Chuang, founder and CEO, Magnet Systems; cofounder and former CEO, BEA Systems
"If You Really Want to Change the World" is mandatory reading for any entrepreneur who wants to start a company or any investor who wants to invest in one. It will change the way you think about entrepreneurship and what you must endure to become successful."
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Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 10/20/2015
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