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Learn from Leaders #2: Getting the Financing Your Venture Needs to Survive

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This is the second video in our exclusive series called "Learn from Leaders," featuring advice for early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators from founders and CEOs of groundbreaking companies. Each of our Learn from Leaders videos focuses on an important step in launching a company. In this one, leaders talk about the harrowing process of finding financing and investors for their new ventures, which went on to become wildly successful. 

Our interview subjects include Dick Schulze, founder and former CEO of Best Buy; Linda Hall, former CEO of MinuteClinic; Scott Nash, founder of Mom's Organic Market; Seth Goldman, founder of Honest Tea; Jeff Freeland-Nelson, founder of Yoxo Toys; and Ann Winblad, founding partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Video produced by John Buday


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Jon Eckhardt
Jon Eckhardt
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Distinguished Professor / Wisconsin School of Business & Wisconsin Institute for Discovery / University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Daniel Forbes
Daniel Forbes
Senior Editor for EIX & Associate Professor / Carlson School of Management / University of Minnesota
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DOI: 10.32617/607-601bec126faf2
Eckhardt, J., & Forbes, D. (2021, February 4). Learn from leaders #2: getting the financing your venture needs to survive. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. Retrieved July 12, 2024, from
Eckhardt, Jon, and Daniel Forbes. "Learn from Leaders #2: Getting the Financing Your Venture Needs to Survive" Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. 4 Feb. 2021. Web 12 Jul. 2024 <>.