How to Prepare For and Run a Startup Board Meeting

How to Prepare For and Run a Startup Board Meeting

After spending quite a bit of time in board meetings, I worked with a NYU student team to prepare a template for board presentations to investors...

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Pioneering a New Frontier for Venture Capital

Pioneering a New Frontier for Venture Capital

It is a new era, and venture capital is at a crossroads. The old way of doing business is being challenged, and no more so than on the investing and fundraising sides. Over the next five years, the entire industry will be transformed, and everyone in the ecosystem will be affected. Some will lead, some will follow and some will fall by the wayside.

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How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

You just hired a new employee for $100K; congratulations!

Recruiting is expensive. You probably spent 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her (her recruiting cost ratio), and if she leaves early you’ll lose another 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her replacement. So how do you increase the odds that she says with you?

Last week, I wrote about how you can start a new job and not get fired. My concern here is the other ...

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How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page all have in common?

Yes, they’ve founded multi-billion dollar businesses with virtually no formal business training, with combined revenues of over $80 billion. But they are also former software engineers and hackers, an experience that undoubtedly taught them skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

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The Search for the Best RSS Reader

The Search for the Best RSS Reader

Google terminated Google Reader on July 1st, leaving many former users looking for a worthy replacement. I still don’t fully understand why Google is losing its control over the center of information dissemination for so many press and other honeybee influencers, but so be it. Luckily, many alternatives have stepped up in the aftermath of Google’s announcement.

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Hey! A moving van just pulled up...

Hey! A moving van just pulled up...

It was time to move again, and my previous experience made me anxious to relive the process. This time, I was not moving around the corner, but across state lines. I spent a lot of time considering if I was going to move everything myself, or if I was brave enough to hire another moving company...

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Ryan's Dating Secrets Revealed: HowAboutWe Couples

Ryan's Dating Secrets Revealed: HowAboutWe Couples

After a while, I started hearing rumblings of a HowAboutWe for Couples, a sort of subscription date service. I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. One, I just didn’t think I needed help coming up with fun dates, and two, I foresaw looking cheap during the dreaded coupon exchange...

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More Cash for Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Indiegogo

More Cash for Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Indiegogo

As Steve Case has said, it's ridiculous that anyone can gamble and be guaranteed to lose money, but there are strict regulations around who can invest in early-stage private companies and earn (in some cases) a 27% IRR on their capital. * The Entrepreneurs Access to Capital Act helps to ...

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The Un-Stone Age

The Un-Stone Age

This post is a follow up post on our systemic dependence on the Internet, and is as a result of general encouragement of Phil Hotchkiss. It is estimated that as we exit 2011 50% of phones will be smart phones. So what? Well, just as more and more of our ...

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The Internet of People

The Internet of People

Since the mass adoption of services such as LinkedIn and Facebook people have increasingly come online using their real names. There has been a shift from representing yourself as angrybear101@aol.com to using your actual identity. This phenomenon is culturally more important. I like to refer to it as the Internet ...

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