Converting ideas to world-class startups
So who am I?
To begin, I an engineer and veteran of Silicon Valley, and believe me, I have the scars to prove I do not walk on water. My stories are about entrepreneurs and the amazing adventures they have embarked upon and shared with me. For that intimacy I am deeply thankful to them, one and all. They have my sincerest respect.
I spend about a third of my time actively coaching entrepreneurs, investors, governments and educators in many countries.
Since 1976, I have coached more than three hundred new ventures all over this planet that have raised over $2 billion in financing. Through that experience I discovered what made Silicon Valley so successful. This seminal research led to discovery of what the new venture community is all about.
Central to my findings is the process in which an engineer begins with an idea and converts it to a world-class business. That is what has made Silicon Valley the envy of the world. This is documented in my best-selling book, High Tech Start Up.
My latest book, The Power of Unfair Advantage, digs into the secrets of how entrepreneurs create those world-class new enterprises.
I also love to teach. I am privileged to teach entrepreneurship for Cornell University. My popular training course “14 Steps to IPO™” has educated many around the world.
I was raised to work hard and get the best education I could. I earned my B.S. in Engineering with honor awards at the University of Minnesota and my MBA at Cornell University under scholarship, for which I am very grateful.
I live in a very beautiful place, Carmel, California (Clint Eastwood is no longer the Mayor) . There I have terrific friends and a wonderful church. I enjoy fly fishing with my best friend, Ron, and my fishing club. But most of all, I love to be with and surprise Gisela, my amazing wife!