This is the third in a series of 11 videos produced by the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. This one focuses on the pros and cons of bootstrapping.
This is the first in a series of eleven videos produced by the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. Under the direction of Dr. Anthony Warren, characters from Starting Something were interviewed in 2006. These professionally produced videos were packaged into a comprehensive entrepreneurship program.
The interviewees were not coached. I asked them to be as truthful as possible and speak from their own perspective. Ouch.
Note: You may notice that my interview sections are heavily edited. The day of the shoot, I had a once-in-a-decade flu, with a 103 degree temp. I was barely able to remain upright... and kept forgetting what I was saying... even worse than usual. Sorry 'bout that.
In late 2002, Neoforma forwarded me a message from a writer for Fortune magazine. She was writing an article, following up with the founders of companies the magazine had written about during 1999 and 2000. She was interested in what had become of an array of momentary business celebrities, including me...
Previous Neoforma corporate headquarters in San Jose, California
Neoforma stands as a real company now, entirely separate from me. It provides quarterly financial statements. It hosts annual shareholder meetings...
Neoforma Sharpens Focus on Core Strategy, Will Divest Two Business Units
The seed of Neoforma was contained in the remnants of the capital equipment planning division, a group of mostly early employees—who either did not fit or did not want to fit into the new core of the company.
Neoforma.com and Novation Reach Target Ahead of Schedule. 79 Hospitals Representing $2 Billion in Purchases Sign Up
It had started so simply. Or rather, in the beginning, it had appeared to be so much simpler than it was.
There was Neoforma. That was about all that could be said about it. Nobody knew what a Neoforma was. Neoforma was not like anything else in particular...
40 Healthcare Facilities Now Signed Up for marketplace@novation. Signed Healthcare Organizations Represent More Than $1.2 Billion In Annual Supply Purchases
Even as the physical residue of our influence upon Neoforma continued to dissipate, I saw great evidence that something solid was still firmly planted underneath...
A Virtual Turf War . . .
The entrepreneurial pot of gold shone like a lump of clay.
The Internet can be an amazing thing...
Hospital Purchasing Co-Ops Link Up to Make Buying On the Web Easier
Properly decorated and fluffed, the lightest of feathers can display a magnificent confidence.
I was still focused on the remnants of the capital-planning group in the company...
Neoforma Lays Off 80 People
Thalia was one of those rare women who seemed completely oblivious to her extraordinary attractiveness...
Burning Up: Warning: Internet Companies Are Running Out of Cash—Fast
Neoforma.com Chief Bridges Old and New Economies
Neoforma.com to Acquire Eclipsys
Over dinner one evening, I glanced up from my plate, assumed an air of casualness, and said to Anni, “We made twenty million dollars today.”
I just had to say it, once...
What the Heck is Healtheon?
I was lost in the place between external validation and internal detachment. Between elation and dread...
More bumps to drive our paranoia ahead of the IPO...
Neoforma.com IPO Takes Off
I was sitting in my office, futilely trying to focus on the business unit plan I was editing, when Stephen—who had a tendency to boast about the important, successful people he knew—walked into my office, sat down in a chair, leaned forward and said, “Hey! I just realized that, in a few weeks, you’ll be the richest person I have ever known!”
What an odd thing to hear someone say!...
I am an architect, writer, and serial entrepreneur.