|NSHMBA Presents: Gary Hoover|
"Everything about Entrepreneurship They Don’t Teach in School”
In this intense four-hour program, serial entrepreneur and entrepreneurship teacher Gary Hoover will cover the most important ideas for an entrepreneur in any field to know. Bring your note pads and an open mind for this high-speed unique experience.
Anyone who is interested in learning about entrepreneurship, changing the world, controlling their own destiny, or becoming an entrepreneur (in the for-profit or non-profit world). It’s not for those who are satisfied, patient, lazy, or those who think they can’t have an impact on the world around them.
(150 seats available)
Each attendee will receive a copy of Gary’s book, The Art of Enterprise, in PDF form via email after the class, a $10 value.View here
Date& Time: Friday, October 11, 2013
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
1:00 – 1:15 pm
Welcome & Sponsor(s)
1:15 – 4:45 pm
· Seeing Yourself
· Seeing Needs
· Making it Happen
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Gary Hoover, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Founder/CEO, Bigwig Games, Inc.
Gary Hoover began his entrepreneurial journey at an early age. He began subscribing to Fortune Magazine at the age of 12, and has acquired most of the issues back to 1930. As part of his education, he studied economics at the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman and two other Nobel Prize winners.
At the age of 30, after he finally took the plunge and created pioneering book superstore BOOKSTOP, which helped change the nature of book shopping in America. This company was sold to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million cash when it was 7 years old. After he and his partners sold BOOKSTOP, Gary returned to his first love of understanding businesses, and began the company that became Hoover’s, the world’s largest Internet-based provider of information about enterprises. In July of 1999, Hoover’s went public and in March of 2003, the company was purchased by Dun & Bradstreet for $117 million.
In the 2009-10 academic year, Gary served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. He reviewed approximately 400 business plans and ideas in this role, as well as teaching a Foundations of Entrepreneurship course. In 2012, Gary was appointed Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.
Beginning in 2010, Gary started teaching students of all ages Entrepreneurial Thinking through his own Hoover Academy. Over 300 people have graduated from Hoover Academy programs ranging from 3 hours to 12 weeks.
Gary lives in Austin, Texas, with his 55,000-book library. He speaks to conferences and corporate groups and works to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on every continent and in every industry, for profit and not for profit. He has also supported the University of Chicago, where Hoover House dormitory opened early this century.
What is entrepreneurship?
What is an entrepreneur?Might
you be or become One?
It’s about you and it’s about
others, serving others and serving yourself.
Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial
thinking applies to for profits and nonprofit, startups and giant companies,
even schools and governments
The importance of passion
The unique journey, there are no formulas
or recipes to follow
Entrepreneurs are grown, not born
The idea of the yin and yang (s) of
What is wisdom?
The importance of curiosity,
lifelong learning, exploration and discovery
The five ways we learn, key tools
Entrepreneurial characteristics and
Understanding others, seeing
Find a need and fill it; wants and
Understanding others, walking in their
shoes, seeing through their eyes
You may also be a customer, getting
ideas from your own experiences
There’s always a better way of doing
Seeing trends, seeing the future:
demography, aging baby boom, Hispanic America
Industries: it’s a service economy
Geography: It’s a global world
Learning from the past, studying the
great enterprises and their leaders
Thinking in new ways (seeing the big
patterns, redefining things, deep innovation, grid thinking)
Turning your idea into an
enterprise, your vision into reality
Becoming an expert on your industry
and understanding the competition
Importance of a clear vision
Importance of a consistent vision
Importance of a unique vision
Role of business planning
Making up the to do lists, compiling
what you need to do when, and what resources you need
Economics of the enterprise
("business model”) – how revenue, cost of goods, expenses, and investment
relate to each other, the importance of Return on Investment(even for non-
The importance of
productivity/efficiency, conservation of resources
Creative leadership and
Remarks: What next?
Next steps in your education; other
What books and magazines should you read?