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Learn From Leaders: Developing an Idea

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Over the past several years EIX editors have interviewed famous and noteworthy founders and CEOs of groundbreaking companies, and published the videos of those discussions on our site. We re-edited those videos recently to distill the best advice from those interviews and create a new series, entitled "Learn from Leaders." These videos, each of them focused on an important step in launching a company, provide wisdom and perspective for early stage entrepreneurs and innovators.

Our interview subjects include Dick Schulze, founder and former CEO of Best Buy; Linda Hall, former CEO of MinuteClinic; Eddie Hartman, founder of LegalZoom; 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.

This first video focuses on how ideas develop -- and you will see that the process is not always neat or linear. 


Video produced by John Buday

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Listen to our original interviews with each of these leaders and others on our podcast channel on Soundcloud.



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: 10.32617/602-6011b65a7dc51
Eckhardt, J., & Forbes, D. (2021, January 27). Learn from leaders: developing an idea. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. Retrieved July 18, 2024, from
Eckhardt, Jon, and Daniel Forbes. "Learn From Leaders: Developing an Idea" Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. 27 Jan. 2021. Web 18 Jul. 2024 <>.