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  1. Day 10 (Final Day)–Scott Walker, American Entrepreneur

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    On 20 Jan 2012, the last day of the Entrepreneurship Winterim, Thunderbird alum, serial entrepreneur, and mega-donor Scott Walker spoke to us at his Napa vineyard, Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards. He told his life story, especially focusing on the ups and downs of his journey as an entrepreneur. Now, years...
  2. Day 9: MBAs Visit IDEO

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    On 19 Jan 2012 the Thunderbird Entrepreneurship Winterim (#eWinterim) spend the morning in Palo Alto at IDEO (Palo Alto is the company’s headquarters, but with other locations in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Seoul, and Tokyo). IDEO is a global design consultancy firm that...
  3. Day 8: Three Lessons from Fanminder

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    18 Jan 2012, the Thunderbird Entrepreneurship Winterim (#eWinterim) met with the co-founders of Fanminder, Paul Rosenfeld and Tracy Grover. With Fanminder, a small business owner can create unlimited offers and promotions that reach fans on Facebook, Twitter, and mobile phones, with no marketing expertise required. The company specifically focuses on...
  4. Day 7: TechShop San Francisco

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    This morning the Entrepreneurship Winterim was in downtown SF checking out the TechShop on Howard Street. This is a great business that enables start ups and individuals with great ideas prototype and/or build a live product. Moreover, it is a venue to retool (quite literally) and learn new skills (hardware...
  5. Day 2: ZuumCraft and Photon Solar

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    10 Jan 2012: the Tbird 2012 Entrepreneurship Winterim group (#EWinterim on Twitter) visited some exciting companies in the San Diego area, all involving a Tbird founder or driving force. First we met with Zuumcraft President, Jim Scott, who talked with us about his product (an electric scooter that is between...
  6. Day 1: Focus, Passion, and Speed

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    The 2012 Thunderbird Entrepreneurship Winterim, part of my MBA coursework at the Thunderbird School of Global Managemen, has lasted 10 days in total, spanning the state of California (San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area). This 10 part blog series, each documenting, one day at a time, the highlights...
  7. Day 4: (part 1) Dr. Merkin of Faster Cures

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    12 Jan 2012, the Tbird Entrepreneurship Winterim (#eWinterim) visited with Dr. Richard Merkin, of FasterCures, and Kimberly Fowler, Founder of YAS (Yoga & Spinning). Both came from very different professional backgrounds (Richard, trained as an MD, and Kimberly as an attorney), but ended up as entrepreneurs in areas they are...
  8. Day 6: Entrepreneurship session with Alain Labat

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    16 Jan 2012 we met with Alain Labat of VaST Systems (acquired by Synopses). He began work in San Jose in 1980 working for the engineering systems division in Xerox, at the PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). Back then, Silicon Valley was just that, Silicon Valley. Now, the area only...
  9. Day 5: Richard Pink — All Business

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    13 Jan 2012, the 2012 Entrepreneurship Winterim met with UCLA alum Richard Pink, owner of Pink’s World Famous Hot Dogs, headquartered in Los Angeles. During the session, I probably wrote about 6 pages of notes–put simply, he had so much insight on topics ranging from employee compensation, to product differentiation,...

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