Category Archives: Family/Career

Lying on your resume

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It’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the coverup. (Richard Nixon and Watergate). Getting asked by reporter about where I went to school made me remember the day I had to choose whether to lie on my resume…read full post. Download … Continue reading

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Tenacious

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TE·NA·CIOUS Adjective: Not readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one holds, a position, or a principle: “a tenacious grip”. Not easily dispelled or discouraged; persisting in existence or in a course of action. When … Continue reading

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The Startup Team

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Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds SEAL Team saying Over the last 40 years Technology investors have learned that the success of startups are not just about the technology but “it’s about the team.” We spent a year … Continue reading

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You’ll Be Dead Soon – Carpe Diem

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Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these … Continue reading

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The Pay-It-Forward Culture

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Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers.  We take it so for granted we never even to bother to talk about it.  It’s the “Pay-It-Forward” culture…read full post. Download MP3

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Hiring – Easy as Pie

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Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten involved in hiring for two startups, a public agency and a non profit.  Part of each conversation was getting asked to help them put together a “job spec.” I had them leave with a … Continue reading

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The Internet Might Kill Us All

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My friend Ben Horowitz and I debated the tech bubble in The Economist. An abridged version of this post was the “closing” statement to Ben’s rebuttal comments. Part 1 is here and Part 2 here.  The full version is below…read full post. Download the MP3

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Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

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I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation from Philadelphia University.While I teach at Stanford and Berkeley, to be honest… this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.I realize that my … Continue reading

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The Apprentice – Entrepreneur Version

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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master Ernest Hemingway Silicon Valley is built on simple myths – one of the most pervasive is that all winning startups are founded straight out of school … Continue reading

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Mentors, Coaches and Teachers

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When the student is ready, the master appears. Buddhist Proverb Lots of entrepreneurs believe they want a mentor. In fact, they’re actually asking for a teacher or a coach. A mentor relationship is a two-way street. To make it work, … Continue reading

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