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Robert Felton Discusses Tradeoff of Being Responsible for Hundreds of Employees Versus Watching Hundreds of Employees Succeed

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Robert Felton

  • President, Indus International, Inc.
  • male
  • Caucasian
  • 1939 (Age: 81 years old)
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Biography

Robert Felton co-founded the San Francisco-based Indus in 1988 as a provider of application software packages for customers in the electric utilities, petrochemical, heavy manufacturing, transportation and packaged goods industries. The company grew rapidly and, in 1993, was ranked third in Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing privately held companies. As CEO, Felton played a key role in preparing the company's initial public offering, which occurred in February 1996. During this critical period, Felton kept all 450 employees updated on the IPO, sharing with them confidential information. Felton is a firm believer in open lines of communication in all levels of the corporation. To that end, Indus employees regularly post work summaries on an electronic bulletin board where colleagues may read and offer comments on various projects. Felton's belief that open employee communication offers a vital competitive advantage to Indus was the subject of a column in the Jan. 10 issue of The Wall Street Journal. Felton earned a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1961 and a Master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington in 1971.

Then it gets a little scary because then you say, "I'm now responsible for 450 people's salaries", you know, if we're not successful then all of a sudden these people, you know, have a different set of problems. Now, what we hope to do, I mean really do think in today's world, it used to be come wo...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Personal Story About Early Indications of Entrepreneurialism
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 2 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Thoughts on Working Hard
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Video 3 of 44 Robert Felton Stresses Corporate Commitment to Honesty and Integrity
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 4 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Ethical Challenge That Led to Founding of Indus
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 5 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Personal Discomfort in Previous Firm Which Lacked Ethics
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Video 6 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Challenges of Putting Together Business Plan for Technology Company
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 7 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Personal Academic and Early Professional Background
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 8 of 44 Robert Felton Stresses Importance of Providing Challenging Work For People
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Video 9 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Thoughts on Undergraduate Coursework at Cornell
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 10 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Involvement in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 11 of 44 Robert Felton States Reality That Leaders in Entrepreneurial Firm Will Work Longer Hours
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Video 12 of 44 Robert Felton States Surprise at Monetary and Personnel Success at Indus
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Video 13 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Thoughts on Being an Entrepreneur
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Video 14 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Decision to Strengthen Compensation for Employees at Indus
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Video 15 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Experiences In Going Public
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 16 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Connection to the Nuclear Industry
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Video 17 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Difference Between Being Egocentric and Being Focused on a Goal
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Video 18 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Team Building Exercises and Evaluation Processes
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Video 19 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Ranking System and Review Process Implemented at Indus
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Video 20 of 44 Robert Felton States Excitement in Business Will Eliminate Possibility of Burnout
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 21 of 44 Robert Felton States Need for Business Planning to Establish Goals
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Video 22 of 44 Robert Felton States Importance of Understanding Personal Strengths and Capitalizing on Them
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 23 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Decision to Minimize Internal Administration at Indus
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Video 24 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Corporate Culture and Importance of Continually Learning How to Improve Communication
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 25 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Thoughts on Types of Risk
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Video 26 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses How Company, Indus, Was Started
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Video 27 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Importance of Avoiding Analysis-Paralysis And Working to Make Decisions
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Video 28 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Personal Ownership of Indus
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Video 29 of 44 Robert Felton States Entrepreneurs Take Risks to Reach Goals
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Video 30 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Examples of Maintaining Integrity at Indus
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Video 31 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Importance of Planning and Creating Long-term Goals
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 32 of 44 Robert Felton States Importance of Creating Clean and Comfortable Work Environment
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 33 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Establishment of Core Values During Inception of Indus
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Video 34 of 44 Robert Felton Provides Encouragment to Find Strengths and Embrace New Opportunities
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Video 35 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Thoughts on Handling Corporate Culture Change Stemming From New Technology Implementation
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 36 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Entrance into Technology Industry
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Video 37 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Importance of Recognizing Individual Strengths and Weaknesses on Teams
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Video 38 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Setting Initial Goals for Indus
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Video 39 of 44 Robert Felton Shares Definition of Process Industry
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Video 40 of 44 Robert Felton States Importance of Realistic Expectations
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 41 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Tradeoff of Being Responsible for Hundreds of Employees Versus Watching Hundreds of Employees Succeed
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
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Video 42 of 44 Robert Felton States Success Comes In Part From Maintaining High Ethical Standards
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Video 43 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Size and Growth Rate of Indus
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Video 44 of 44 Robert Felton Discusses Purchase of Artwork for the Work Environment
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Robert Felton Discusses Tradeoff of Being Responsible for Hundreds of Employees Versus Watching Hundreds of Employees Succeed
  • Robert Felton - Interview - Indus, Inc.
  • 01-01-00
  • Robert Felton
  • 1 min. 34 sec.