From Scratch is a US National Public Radio programme covering entrepreneurship, based around interviews with leading entrepreneurs and, for some reason, artists. An archive of past interviews is available online. The following are some interviews that may be relevant for the course. The bias in this list towards tech entrepreneurs is mine rather than the programme’s.
Interview with Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal.
Interview with Alex Counts, founder of Grameen.
Interview with Yancey Strickler, co-founder of Kickstarter.
Interview with Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare.
Interview with Reid Hoffman, founder of Linkedin.
A website from autumn 2010 linking BBC’s Dragons’ Den to the process of developing a new business. Compared to the televised programme, these pages focus less on the freak-show of mad ideas and more on the Reithian “mission to explain”.
In Business is a weekly radio programme on BBC Radio 4 presented by Peter Day. In Business has a healthy interest in entrrepreneurship & innovation and, for the UK, an international outlook. The 30 minutes programmes are archived and avaiable online. The following are some that are particulalry relevant.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global programme of conferences formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” Founded in 1984, TED talks have been published as online videos since 2006. The format is for leading public intellectuals and Jamie Oliver to give short presentations summarising their ideas. Watching the videos requires much less time than reading the presenters’ books or papers, so has become an online displacement activity for the World’s chattering classes, the digerati’s substitute for watching Youtube clips of cats. On the TED website you will find a wide selection of big TED talks and little TED talks, but the following are some super TED talks relevant to this course.