Monthly Archives: January 2011

Startups – So Easy a 12 Year Old Can Do It

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Out of the mouths of babes. Maybe because it’s a company town and everyone in Silicon Valley has a family connection to entrepreneurship. Or maybe I just encountered the most entrepreneurial 12 year olds every assembled under one roof. Or … Continue reading

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The 47th (-46) International Business Model Competition

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Utah may be known for many things, but who would have thought that Utah, and particularly Brigham Young University (BYU), would be participating in the transformation of entrepreneurship?I spent last weekend in Utah at BYU as a guest of Professor … Continue reading

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Startup Suicide – Rewriting the Code

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The benefits of customer and agile development and minimum features set are continuous customer feedback, rapid iteration and little wasted code. But over time if developers aren’t careful, code written to find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain … Continue reading

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The Bad Board Member

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Over the last 40 years the U.S. has evolved an entrepreneurial ecosystem with two of the most unlikely partners – venture capital investors and technology entrepreneurs. This alliance has led to an explosion of technology innovation, scalable startups and job … Continue reading

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The Cover-Up Culture

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In a startup “Good news needs to travel fast, but bad news needs to travel faster. ”There’s something about the combination of human nature (rationalization and self deception) and large hierarchical organizations (corporations, military, government, etc.) that actively conspire to … Continue reading

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Now Hear This

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Much like my career, in the last two years this blog has traveled a serendipitous path. I orignally wrote it with four goals in mind…read full post. Download MP3

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Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

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I spent two weeks of December in Chile as a guest of Professor Cristóbal García, Director of EmprendeUC at the Catholic University of Chile, which just signed up a 3-year collaboration partnership with Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program. I did a … Continue reading

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