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The 3 Best TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

By NexChange
Venture Capital, Video

TED Talks are a wonderful resource for entrepreneurs, especially those who need a bit of inspiration or maybe some guidance. However, TED currently hosts over 2,200 videos, so, to save you the time of having to comb through all them, here’s a short list of must-watch videos. Enjoy.

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC. David S. Rose knows a thing or two about pitching to VCs. Not only has he delivered a few them as an entrepreneur, he’s also had to listen to them as a prominent Silicon Alley VC. In this timeless talk, Rose lays out the 5 things every entrepreneur should do during their presentations, plus a few things they should think about before it. If you’re about to pitch, you can’t afford to miss this.

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread. This is in practically every other startup TED talk list on the internet, with good reason. Using sliced bread, purple cows, and other, more off-the-wall ideas, marketing maven Seth Godin highlights why products should be “remarkable” to enjoy success, and why companies should go for the geeky early adopters and completely skip the early and late majority. Interestingly, this video’s over 9 years old, yet all its tenets still ring true today. Have a gander.

Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed. Comparing data from hundreds of companies, Idealab’s Bill Gross found out what the most important factor is for a startup to be successful. Nope, it isn’t funding, and neither is it the team behind it. While this could prove to be a little dreary for some viewers, it worth noting that having a great idea, an awesome team, a solid business plan, and enough backing might not be enough to turn your startup into the next Google or Amazon.

Honorable mentions:

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

Anything else we missed?

Photo: TED Conference

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