Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Dominic Orr

Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Dominic Orr

Dominc Orr: Startups – the need for speed
Stanford university: thought leadership entrepreneurs series.
President & CEO of Aruba networks.


    Dominic made a substantial career transition from science to IT where he became leader of ciscos #1 competitor – Aruba networks. (41million vs. 1billion!!)

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    In this podcast he is being interviewed rather then a lecture as per normal, so the content does vary from leadership technique discussions to specific technical insights relevant to networking and security – but essentially it’s just domincs detailed Manet in explaining his opportunities.

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    Dominic spent 12 years at Hewlett Packard prior to joining Arooba bringing with him the strengths of that large culture.

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    The good elements of this podcast is the lessons of people management, and most importantly people inspiration. Dominic has an ‘in touch’ with humans approach to his leadership then many inspiring leaders can learn from.

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    “Fundamentally all people want to make a difference…”

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    Dominc also shares some strong advice on how to place your product, what is your product, and what opportunities you can look for even when the big guys dominate the market.

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    Interesting learnings are included about the benefits of going from a private start-up to a publicly listed company. Dominic actually goes into detail about what you do and what you gain.

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    My highlight is domincs de-mystifying of work/life balance; if you’re passionate then it’s not about creating credit for purchasing goods after.

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    But surprisingly- after listening to this for the second time – I’m quite endeared to this guy, and he’s aspirational view on being a CEO and people leader.

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Podcast is published by:
Stanford University and is available from iTunes U.
Length: 58.34 minutes