EE203 - The Entrepreneurial Engineer Xavier Casanova MSEE 2000
Agenda <ul><li>About </li></ul><ul><li>Simple things I’ve learned </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up </li></ul>
Part 1: About <ul><li>Guillaume Thonier </li></ul>“ It’s got to work.”
About me (student years) <ul><li>Math/Computer Science Major </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecole Polytechnique (France) </li></ul>...
About me (Fireclick years) <ul><li>Founded Fireclick in 1998 (Web analytics) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pioneered important WA ...
About Wambo Inc. <ul><li>New Instant Messenger with data persistence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong technological foundation...
 
 
 
 
Part 2: Things I’ve Learned <ul><li>Hannu Livaar, Wambo’s graphic designer, Estonia </li></ul>“ I’ve already had 3 cups of...
Some Lessons <ul><li>People (Yes, really) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Things Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Be Patient </li></ul><ul>...
All Entrepreneurs Will Tell You… <ul><li>William Congreve </li></ul><ul><li>“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of l...
All Entrepreneurs Will Tell You… <ul><li>Norman Cousins </li></ul><ul><li>“ Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals  </li...
 
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Sharing my Entrepreneurial Experiences at Stanford

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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).

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Sharing my Entrepreneurial Experiences at Stanford

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

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