How Entreprenuers Win by Experimenting

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Mike StempleWhen an entrepreneur makes it big, it can look like it was a smooth ride straight to the top. Of course, this doesn’t happen. There are many twists and turns that can end in a very different place than where things started. Mike Stemple, successful serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, and advisor to global corporates and startups, would tell you that successful ventures are a series of experiments and pivots. In this CareerCast, Mike shares how keeping the goals firmly in mind, driving forward with courage and perspective, and using experiments will lead to successful outcomes in established organizations, early stage ventures, and in your life.

Aired June 16, 2023

Mike Stemple has built over twenty startups and is an expert at ideation, innovation, and startup psychology. He now spends his time writing books on innovation, advising corporate executives on how to “think and act more entrepreneurial,” and pioneering the use of Corporate Entrepreneurs in Residence.

He has taught over 15,000 students from 149 countries on how to build successful startups and has mentored at Techstars and Founder Institute.

Mike is an ex-ultrarunner, a semi-famous sports artist, and a veteran of the United States Army. Most days, he can be found listening to Jimmy Buffett, watching his beautiful wife surf from the comfort of his ocean-view home, petting his dog, and pontificating on all things innovative.

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Innovating Innovation!: Why Corporate Innovation Struggles in the Age of the Entrepreneur by Mike Stemple (2022)

Be a Startup Superstar: Ignite Your Career Working at a Tech Startup by Steven Kahan (2019)

ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream by Hap Klopp and Brian Tarcy (2015)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters (2014)

Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet (2013)

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries (2011)

The Power of Convergence: Linking Business Strategies and Technology Decisions to Create Sustainable Success by Faisal Hogue et al. (2011)

The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World by Rupert Scofield (2011)

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs by William H. Draper (2011)

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