Comparative Analysis of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Italy and Silicon Valley
  • OSPFLOR 59 (Stanford in Florence)

Recommended Resources

Please see reading for the first day of course on Wednesday, 28 September under the Class Sessions tab.

Secret History of Silicon Valley, by Steve Blank

The Silicon Valley Edge, chapter 1.

The World Economic Forum’s 2011 Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early-Stage Companies report co-authored by Professor George Foster, Stanford Graduate School of Business:

Special report: Italy: Oh for a new risorgimento, Economist, June 9th, 2011

Speaker presentation slides by Italian entrepreneurs and investors from Burton Lee’s European Entrepreneurship course (ME 421) at Stanford:

Vietor, Onetti, and Napolitano. 2011. Italy: Europe's Investment Opportunity. White Paper.

Parks, Tim. Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, And Art In Fifteenth-century Florence. W. W. Norton & Company 2005. ISBN 978-0393058277.

Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities exhibition at Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. 17 September 2011-22 January 2012. Organized by: Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi; from an idea of: James M. Bradburne; curated by: Ludovica Sebregondi and Tim Parks.

Tim Parks' website (author of Medici Money).

Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner website of indexed videos and podcasts:

Sign up for Innovation Daily, a resource for online articles relating to global entrepreneurship.

"The Real Reason Italy Sucks at the Startup Game," Zen and the Art of Programming,