The acumen of an impresario

“To impact all and to inspire a few.”

This is the vision of Mark Leslie, Veritas Software’s former CEO, as he educates and guides budding entrepreneurs in their quest for skills and knowledge needed in putting together a successful business venture.

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As an educator, Mr. Leslie has focused on course and case development in the areas of business. He has co-developed Stanford Graduate School of Business’s seminal course on sales organizations, covering various topics akin to the growth of high-tech companies in and out of the country. The energetic and devoted teacher was also a lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California (2001) and Stanford School of Engineering (2002).

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Behind his academic career is a succession of professional exploits in the world of entrepreneurship. Aside from being the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company, he also serves on the boards of two public companies, six private companies, and three nonprofit organizations. From 1980 through 1990, he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high-tech startup companies, where he excelled in the areas of sales, systems engineering, and OS programming.

Mr. Leslie works at making a significant impact on his students. From there, it’s easy to leverage all the tools available to nurture creativity, fire up curiosity, and transfer knowledge that students need to become successful impresarios themselves.


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Disclaimer: This blog article is not owned by Mark Leslie.


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