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RobPreston
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11/27/2013 | 12:34:59 PM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Kidding aside? I think your tongue-in-cheek characterizations are spot on, Kelly. It reminds me of our Coverlet Meshing's assessment of corporate innovation: http://www.informationweek.com/it-leadership/innovation-is-executive-porn/d/d-id/1111194?
Susan Fourtané
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11/25/2013 | 8:05:38 AM
Re: Pragmatism
Alison, 

Most of the statups work in teams. It's quite rare to find a one-person startup. When that is the case, that one person will have to do everything. A next step would be finding at least one, or two collaborators to distribute the work. 

Working as a team, which is the most common way the startups work, they also have working spaces available, usually at universities. At least, that's the way they work in Finland, and in other European countries. 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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11/25/2013 | 7:36:32 AM
Re: Pragmatism
Kelly, 

Very interesting. 

"But know that the qualities that have served you so well as an executive are not qualities common in startup CEOs... and for good reason."

I find startup CEOs and CIOs have, and need different qualities from a CEO, or a CIO of a large corporation. 

I am not sure if one is better than the other, but different. 

-Susan
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/23/2013 | 2:38:59 PM
Re: Pragmatism
Your last line is a classic! Thanks for the insights Kelly.
ChrisMurphy
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11/22/2013 | 6:53:31 PM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Having worked in an emerging company and more established ones, the biggest difference I find is the depth and variety of resources -- colleagues -- I have to draw on at a larger, more established company.
RobPreston
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11/22/2013 | 9:47:38 AM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
I think lots of CIOs are being ASKED to become more entrepreneurial, but when push comes to shove their overseers are as risk averse as they are. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/22/2013 | 9:31:52 AM
Pragmatism
Being pragmatic (choosing your battles, compromising to get a project done) is essential to survival at the corporate executive ranks. I understand that being pragmatic can kill a startup's chance of acheiving that great innovative breakthrough. But successful startup enterpreneurs tell us: do you need to become more pragmatic (with staff, partners, customers, funders) once real money rolls in and you hire more people?
Laurianne
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11/22/2013 | 8:46:46 AM
Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Interesting food for thought, given that many IT leaders are being asked to be more entrepreneurial within their own businesses -- innovate new lines of business, new communication routes with customers, new data-driven process changes, etc.

Can Kelly or others speak to the differences between running a startup and becoming an entreprenurial success inside a company?


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