What It Takes to Be a Founder: Then and Now

What did it take to found a successful tech company 20 or 30 years ago? How is it different from what's involved now? This conversation between two founders of two different generations, moderated by a leading historian of the tech industry, reveals some enduring lessons and eye-opening changes in the industry, helping the founders of today understand the stakes before them, and showing us all where things might go next.

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Yaw Anokwa


Greg Gretsch

Jackson Square Ventures

Margaret O'Mara

University of Washington

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