Bootstrappers Breakfast Welcomes Venkatesh Rao in Sunnyvale

Mr. Rao will join us for a brief discussion on his thesis from his book:  Tempo:  Implications of Narrative Driven Decision Making for Startups.

Date: July 19th, 2011

Time: 7:30 -9 am

Venue: Coco’s Restaurant 1206 Oakmead Parkway  Sunnyvale, CA

Silicon Valley Register

“Narrative-Driven Decision Making for Startups”

Startups already make limited use of  narrative concepts such as “Product Market Fit” (a classic example of a tempo shift in a story) to make sense of their evolving, chaotic, roller-coaster experiences.  Narrative thinking can arm us with a far richer vocabulary of concepts to help make sense of the entrepreneurial journey and manage it more thoughtfully. I will introduce some of the more intuitive and basic concepts, such as archetypes, doctrines and tempo epochs, and challenge breakfast attendees to assess their experiences, current state and future prospects using those concepts.

Venkatesh Venkat writes a blog (Ribbonfarm) looking at topics such as philosophy, art, sociology, and business innovation and technology from unusual perspectives.  He also consults, does research and has recently published his book Tempo. The book has been praised by many including,  John Hagel, co-author of The Power of Pull who notes “Tempo is highly original and engaging…In a world where timing is increasingly central to success…an essential read.” Before turning to full-time writing and consulting, he worked in startup, corporate and academic environments for nearly a decade. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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