Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Bing Gordon

by Scott Edward Walker on January 11th, 2012

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we share a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.  This week, we present Bing Gordon, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, the Chief Creative Officer at Electronic Arts from 1998 to 2008, and a very smart investor.

In this interesting, twenty-five minute speech, Bing discusses how to be a great CEO at a consumer internet company, and his advice includes the following:

  • Be curious and data-driven;
  • Be a visionary (“you’re the spokesperson in chief, the communicator in chief”);
  • Build a company that’s missionary, not mercenary;
  • Be a coach (“define objectives and be around to help”);
  • Be fast (“be the fastest person in the company”);
  • Have a great executive assistant;
  • Put your office in the middle;
  • Set expectations for the Board members;
  • Encourage your best people to be taking risks;
  • Instill confidence in everyone that everything is going to be okay;
  • Be as hard on yourself as you are with your young employees; and
  • In addition to being the CEO, you must be the Chief Product Officer.

I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

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