Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: David Kelly

by Scott Edward Walker on January 10th, 2013

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 David Kelly, the Chairman and Co-founder of IDEO, the Donald W. Whittier Professor at Stanford University, a long-time friend and colleague of Steve Jobs, and a creative genius.

In this inspirational, 12-minute interview (courtesy of CBS News), David shares some solid nuggets for entrepreneurs, including the importance of:

  • collaboration and building on the ideas of others – which allows you to “get to a place where you just can’t get to with one mind”;
  • understanding customers by observing them;
  • being empathetic to people – i.e., “trying to understand what they really value”;
  • building with your hands; and
  • “following your nose.”

I hope you enjoy it.  Cheers, Scott

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