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Gua Gua Guacamole: Host a MVP at SuperBowl (and get paid if you’re a CS major CEO)

by Larry Chiang on February 6, 2012

Larry Chiang teaches engineering at Stanford University so that undergrad CS majors can get a JBA (Jedi in Business Administration). His young padawans act as associates for his VC firm and help him collect content at his CNN iReport channel “What They Don’t Teach You at Business School”. He collects tactical morsels engineers can use right away. After Chiang’s Harvard Law keynote, Harvard Business wrote: “What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School“ (it’s the same title as his NY Times bestseller). He is Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University. If you read his hilariously awesome “What a Supermodel Can Teach a Stanford MBA” and “How to Get Man-Charm”, you will like his latest post:

Gua Gua Guacamole: Host a MVP at SuperBowl (and get paid if you’re a CS major CEO).

By Larry Chiang

I cringe when I hear of founders going into credit card debt.

Here is “How to Host a MVP (Minimum Viable Party). And get paid to do it. The MVP pun is intended.

-1- Get a miniumum viable venue.

Try hosting it at a hotel bar. The hotel bar is open. “Own it” by getting two balloons to signal that that is where the magic will happen.

-2- Get a back up venue.

All CEOs that execute have a bold and brash plan A. They also have a plan B. Me, I am less talented than most so I go ahead and plan a plan C.

-3- Have your party honor something or someone.

It is like Duck9’s consumer advocate truth. You may not spend money with us but at least we publicized message: Get on the right side of the interest rate equation. Don’ t pay interest. Get paid.

-4- Get a celebrity there.

All parties go better when a celebrity shows. For that, there are 13-20 steps. See Nick Tippmann’s blog post on this. Google Nick Tippman’s Mark Cuban Shark Tank Party

-5- Leave Breadcrumbs so Your VIP / MVP celeb guest can find your MVP

Have you seen a celeb walking?

They are talking on their phone. talking to their fan in pursuit. getting wrangle by their bodyguard. A lot is going on and they get lost.

Like so many alphas, they walk with purpose like Scott Case even though they don’t know where they are going I am way more guilty of that 😉

Leave breadcrumbs to get a MVP to get to your MVP. Use balloons.

"Mark Cuban, Mary Ann Shula and Don Shula at Indianapolis SuperBowl Party hosted by Larry Chiang at Shula's" Mark Cuban, Mary Ann Shula and Don Shula at Indianapolis SuperBowl Party hosted by Larry Chiang at Shula’s

There is more Gua Gua Guacamole Recipe’s

There is more on “minimum viable party” that my Engineering Students have blogged.

Editor of the BusinessWeek Channel “What They Don’t Teach at Business School
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“What They Don’t Teach at Stanford Business School”

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If you liked this…
Larry’s mentor Mark McCormack wrote this in 1983.
His own book came out 09-09-09. It is called ‘What They Don’t Teach You At Stanford Business School

*** BONUS ***
a party invite for you…

This post was drafted in an hour and needs your edits… email me if you see a spelling or grammatical error(s)… larry@larrychiang com

Larry Chiang started his first company UCMS in college. He mimicked his mentor, Mark McCormack, founder of IMG who wrote the book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School”.
Chiang is a keynote speaker and bestselling author and spoke at Congress and World Bank.


Text or call him during office hours 11:11am or 11:11pm PST +/-11 minutes at 650-283-8008. Due to the volume of calls, he may place you on hold like a Scottsdale Arizona customer service rep. If you email him, be sure to include your cell number in the subject line. If you want him to email you his new articles…, ask him in an email :-)

You can read more equally funny, but non-founder-focused-lessons on Larry’s Amazon blog .

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