Update - watch the entire talk on our video, below!
This week, we were fortunate to have veteran software developer and USC Viterbi alumnus, Kurling Robinson, here in the Annenberg Innovation Lab for a discussion on Software Development & Entrepreneurship.
"Starting a company is a journey," Kurling said, "the key is to surround yourself with people you love, that encourage you."
For Kurling, the most important aspect of a strong business venture is team dynamics.
"It’s all about teamwork," noted Kurling, "being respectful, and helping out as much as possible.
Kurling draws inspiration from gurus like Guy Kawasaki, one of the original Apple marketing execs, and author of ZEN of Business Plans and The Art of Start. Kawasaki inspired Kurling to practice the art of 'Kaizen', or continuous improvement.
A humanitarian at heart, Kurling spends a large portion of his time volunteering with his 12-year-old daughter, Mai, at homeless shelters and food banks.
“I love technology, but I also love the common good,” Kurling reflected.
Kuring is most proud of his work with Google's Code For America project, bringing the Family Assessment Form (FAF) to the cloud.
FAF allows government to analyze big data on how individual states are dealing with teen pregnancy, suicide, other social issues, providing insight into applying successes in other states to “help children, families, and make the world a better place.”
Robinson has worked on more than a few startups, including his own Internet Productions and NetZero. Live Riot Inc., Robinson's current project, is poised to change the music industry through social media.