What do you get when you pair a street-smart start-up expert and UCSB Professor of Practice with industry leaders who have distinguished themselves in their fields? You get a front row seat to fascinating, and sometimes surprising, candid conversations. The newest programs in this long-running series from the Technology Management Program at UC Santa Barbara finds John Greathouse in conversation with some intriguing people. Check out these new interviews:
Mark Sylvester, a cook who became the father of CGI and won an Oscar for scientific and technical achievement
Stacy Peralta, a skateboarding legend and the accidental inventor of the action sports video
Robbie Bach, the creator of the xBox, redefining the gaming industry
Mike Falzone, a YouTube star who leveraged his passions into a career
The competition has been whittled down to five remaining teams competing for first, second, and third place prizes. Watch “Big Bang – UC Davis Business Plan Competition 2013” as each of the teams pitch their revolutionary ideas to the audience, who then vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
See what ideas you would invest in — or maybe this will inspire you to come up with a business plan of your own!
Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the U.S. economy as it embodies the spirit of American capitalism.
However, as the necessity of capitalism dictates, some of these entrepreneurs must fail in order for others to succeed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, survival rates of new start-ups have been dwindling since the recession began. The BLS reports, “The period from 1993 to 2006 was marked by an increase in the number of births and deaths [of start up companies], indicating a higher amount of business ‘churn’ — that is, new business establishments entered and old establishments exited the economy in greater numbers. Since the most recent recession began in December 2007, births have experienced the steepest decline in the history of the series.”
But even in this tough economy, UC San Diego Alumni have managed to create and sustain successful businesses. Watch “Start Me Up! Entrepreneurs at Career Boost Camp 2013” to hear from a chief creative officer, a computer and electrical engineer, and other entrepreneurs as they share their tales of successful start ups.