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In this presentation I share my entrepreneurial experiences with a group of Stanford students - as part of the seminar series EE203 (The Entrepreneurial Engineer).

In this presentation I share my entrepreneurial experiences with a group of Stanford students - as part of the seminar series EE203 (The Entrepreneurial Engineer).

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    Sharing my Entrepreneurial Experiences at Stanford Sharing my Entrepreneurial Experiences at Stanford Presentation Transcript

    • EE203 - The Entrepreneurial Engineer Xavier Casanova MSEE 2000
    • Agenda
      • About
      • Simple things I’ve learned
      • Wrap-up
    • Part 1: About
      • Guillaume Thonier
      “ It’s got to work.”
    • About me (student years)
      • Math/Computer Science Major
        • Ecole Polytechnique (France)
          • Elitistic
          • Strong focus in Math
      • Came to Stanford Sept 98
          • Do something different, hands-on
          • Picked Electrical Engineering
          • Joined Ginzton Lab (RA), Profesor Khuri-Yakub
      • Started Fireclick (eRacer) on campus November 98
        • Met “angel investor” after Industrial Engineering conference
        • Gathered a few EE/CS friends
        • Raised $1M in May 99
    • About me (Fireclick years)
      • Founded Fireclick in 1998 (Web analytics)
        • Pioneered important WA innovations (3 patents)
          • Real-time Path analysis, Site Explorer (Browser overlay)
          • Fireclick Index (Site Benchmarking)
        • Responsible for product, services and support
          • Worked with leading eCommerce sites (Gap, HSN, RadioShack, etc)
          • Worked with leading content sites (Time Warner properties, Oprah, etc)
      • Digital River acquisition in 2004
        • Led integration efforts with Email, SEM and commerce platforms
        • Left DR early 2006
      • Now founder/CEO of Wambo www.wambo.com
    • About Wambo Inc.
      • New Instant Messenger with data persistence
        • Strong technological foundation (grid computing for data storage)
      • Founded by 3 Stanford grads
        • Guillaume Thonier MSCS ‘99
        • Arnaud Tellier MSCS ’00
        • Xavier Casanova MSEE ’00
      • 15 employees (Mostly US, India)
        • Little to no overhead (13 engineers)
      • “ Pre-alpha”
        • Currently in pilot at UCSD and UCLA
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    • Part 2: Things I’ve Learned
      • Hannu Livaar, Wambo’s graphic designer, Estonia
      “ I’ve already had 3 cups of coffee today. ”
    • Some Lessons
      • People (Yes, really)
      • Keep Things Simple
      • Be Patient
      • Stay Focused
      • Build a business
      • Treasure your customers
      • Treasure your employees
      • Invest wisely
      • Think long term
    • All Entrepreneurs Will Tell You…
      • William Congreve
      • “Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.”
    • All Entrepreneurs Will Tell You…
      • Norman Cousins
      • “ Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals
      • with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.”
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