Sunday, January 07, 2007

Podcast: Jeff Hawkins

He's the entrepreneur behind Palm, using his fortunes to finance his hobby, a neurosciences institute and a new secret spin-off company Numenta.  He's also the author of the intriguing book On Intelligence, which I read last year and loved so much. He spoke at this Stanford symposium (April 2006) and here are my takeaways:


  • Work Smart: He's proud that he usually ate breakfast and dinner with his kids, even during his busy startup days.  You work 20 hour days when you're lost, and its an indication that you need to get yourself back on track.
  • The book written about Palm by an ex-employee is very accurate.
  • His company, Numenta, should have something to show in Spring 2007.
  • In response to a question from the audience, he didn't seem to have heard of the Singularity, but noted that he thinks Bill Joy's Future Doesn't Need us is wrong.




Story of Acquisition: Palm, US Robotics, 3Com

2 min. 19 sec.

What is an entrepreneur?

49 sec.

Portable Technologies

2 min. 59 sec.

Difficult Negotiations

2 min. 3 sec.

Establish Strong Human Resources Early On

1 min. 34 sec.

Follow Your Passions

2 min. 54 sec.

Entrepreneurship is a Means to an End

1 min. 54 sec.

Role of Market Research

3 min. 49 sec.

Entrepreneurship Viewed as a Tool and When to Use it in Industry & Science

54 min. 48 sec.

Hawkins: What I Wish I'd Learned in College

3 min. 32 sec.

Importance of Experience

2 min. 47 sec.

Product Development: Importance of Customers and Testing

2 min. 6 sec.

Genesis of Palm Computing

3 min. 40 sec.

Spinoff: Handspring

1 min. 41 sec.

Serial Entrepreneurship: Redwood Neuroscience Institute

1 min. 47 sec.

Importance of Going Slow

1 min. 37 sec.

Designing Successful Products

2 min. 30 sec.

Profiles of Entrepreneurs

36 sec.

Following Your Goal

4 min. 10 sec.

Individual vs. Company

1 min. 12 sec.


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