Monthly Archives: July 2011

Which Type of People Are Really Innovative

Steve Blank had a great article today on how Silicon Valley changed the very culture of business, wherein engineers and scientists led the business. One of Steve’s main points is how, like in research labs there is no penalty for … Continue reading

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It Is All Psychology – and People Aren’t Rational

Steve Blank has a very funny story posted on his blog, about when he was raising a round of money for E.piphany from Infinity Capital. He wanted a $10MM valuation, they insisted it was too high and everyone would laugh … Continue reading

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Cowboys and Architects

All technology companies have engineers, team leads and managers. Some have good QA, others have good product managers or even program managers. But not everyone has architects, and those who do are not necessarily strong. The question cash-contrained (and who … Continue reading

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Come Take A Walk

The NY Times reported on Thu that when Mark Zuckerberg is ready to make an offer (or seduce someone, meant in the most positive way) to join Facebook, he takes them for a walk in the woods. Some actually find … Continue reading

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Use The Guillotine

I read a great post earlier this week, whose thesis can be summed up as “your startup isn’t unique, and it doesn’t matter.” Adam Ludwin, of RRE Ventures, argued that the success of a startup is not determined by its … Continue reading

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Late-Early Stage Employees – What they say about you

I read an interesting article today about what Peter Thiel, one of the best-known early investors, asks any startup founder. He wants to know why employee number 20 will join your company. Employee number 1,000 is easy: company is stable … Continue reading

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