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Students Should Pursue Internships For…

My recommendation to those students is internship. I cannot emphasize the value of working at another start-up for a month or two months or three months. You know, especially if it can be a longer school year…

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The Opportunity To Win Is What Keeps…

But I personally think there is a lot of people with great ideas and the passion to do ... and I think if you could help them, show them the blue print or mentor the... I think is the shortest way to success. …

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Mistakes Made With Venture Capitalists

If you ask the VC world where did they receive their you know ideas from, I think that if you get referred to a VC or to an investor and whoever refers you is a successful entrepreneur or a respected…

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Importance of Communication And…

You know the number one and it's not with me, everybody says, is making sure that they keep hiring great talent, adding people to the team with the same chemistry or the same sort of belief and then again I…

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Exciting Environment At Plug and Play…

Part of it was planned, part of it was frankly circumstances as the opportunities and challenges came, so if you are in the Bay Area and you haven't visited Google campus or Yahoo campus, you must do it. There…

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Surprise That There Is A Formula To…

The most important learning experience or a surprise for me has been how similar each one of these entrepreneurs are or these start ups are, how they start with the concept they clarify it, crystallize it,…

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Personal Definition Of Success Is…

You know, starting with my base, my success is making sure everybody pays their rent and pays their bill. That is really my first element of success, but the real success the icing on the cake is if these…

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Entrepreneurs Need To Have Passion

You know, they talk about elevator pitch or they talk about what you look for in the person or in the team, it's really bad to say, but I like to see the spark in their eyes, I like to see the character more…

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You Should Set Up The Business With…

I think it is very important to have sort of like where you would like to be in a year in a five-year period, then again I think it is very important to set up the company right for where you want to end up,…

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Personal Background and Impact of…

As you may know, I was born in Iran to a pretty prominent family and I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old we kind of started a new business which was building distribution centers for our shoe manufacturing…

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Desire To Invest In 20 Early Startups…

I mean like I am very excited about, we participated, I always like numbers, measuring success from results, we invested in 14 companies in 2007 and all in all I think there is about 35-36 in our portfolio…

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Leaders Have To Enjoy Their Role To Be…

I think first of all you should hopefully be a happy leader in the real sense. So I personally enjoy going back to the school. I enjoy the professor which I respect the most and I think I learnt the most from…

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Entrepreneurs Are Made From Having…

I think we all have friends in our neighborhoods, in our schools that you know have some sort of special entrepreneurship talent to begin with, some of them go out and build a company, some of them don't. So…

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Biggest Reward and Biggest Challenge…

So you kinda asked what was my experience with YPO and what was important to me in the balance of life. If you ask my wife and friends, I don't think you can build a great company without sacrifice. So, early…

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Business Partners Must Have Mutual…

I think any sort of partnership, marriage, or business partnership is challenging. So you have to go into it with open eyes and you have to say why the two of you will be more successful than just you as a…

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Thoughts On How Business Opportunities…

I think personally a lot of people who look at investment opportunities, if you are lucky they read the executive summary. They mainly occasionally ask for the people to do a business plan because I think to…

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Finding Right Location For Technology…

You know I started my business in University Avenue in Palo Alto and I believe people say location, location, location in retail, I believe that is also true in technology. So, around me if you can go to any…

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Plug and Play Enables Proximity To…

Usually, I'm a very big fan of having an idea, doing research, and then kinda defining a business plan and then executing. In this particular project, I must admit I didn't study incubation model and I am so…

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Community at Plug and Play Fosters…

I like to start almost with the end point and then back into how we do it. At Plug and Play I would love to prove that if you're a two to three talented team and you are either in Silicon Valley community or…

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US Universities Teach Their Students…

I, you know, to the audience which is listening I was telling my 18-year-old son yesterday, if I relive my life I'll be much better student, I guarantee you and as I have been developing the relationship with…

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Professional Background as An…

You know, I kind of started my first company out of necessity. I think sometimes you become an entrepreneur or you do something entrepreneurial out of necessity. I was really, really a spoiled rich kid at age…

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Incubator Concept In Place At Plug and…

One of our buildings where I started my trading company, import-export company later on we purchased it and this is University Avenue in Palo Alto. I don't know how many of you have been in Palo Alto but…

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Early Experience In Starting A…

So pretty much I think starting a company I almost didn't have any other thought in mind, you know, I interviewed with a lot of MBA students and I kinda tried to ask them are they gonna go the career path…

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