How to get meetings with people too busy to see you

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Asking, “Can I have coffee with you to pick your brain?” is probably the worst possible way to get a meeting with someone with a busy schedule.  Here’s a better approach…read full post.

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How Kevin O’Connor, and FindTheBest Got Lean

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When we started E.piphany there was an equally scrappy startup calledDoubleClick (later acquired by Google for $3.1 billon). Over the years Kevin O’Connor, former CEO and founder of DoubleClick and I got to know each other.  It’s been fun watching a 20th Century entrepreneur learn new tricks as he builds his next startup, FindTheBest using Lean Methodology.  Here’s Kevin’s story to date…read full post.

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Building Great Founding Teams

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There’s been a lot written about the individual characteristics of what makes a greatfounder, but a lot less about what makes a great founding team and how that’s different from a great founding  CEO…read full post.

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An MVP is not a Cheaper Product, It’s about Smart Learning

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A minimum viable product (MVP) is not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief…read full post.

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Your Computer May Already be Hacked – NSA Inside?

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“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell. In Russia, President Putin’s office just stopped using PC’s and switched to typewriters. What do they know that we don’t? Perhaps it’s Intel NSA inside…read full post.

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Don’t Give Away Your Board Seats

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I had a group of ex-students out to the ranch who were puzzling over a dilemma – they’ve been working hard on their startup, were close at finding product/market fit and had been approached by Oren, a potential angel investor. Oren had been investing since he left Google four years ago and was insisting on not only a board seat, but he wanted to be chairman of the board. The team wasn’t sure what to do…read full post.

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Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

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The greatest number of jobs is created when startups create a new market – one where the product or service never existed before or is radically more convenient. Yet this is where startups will run into anti-innovation opponents they may not expect. These opponents have their own name –  “rent seekers” – the landlords of the status-quo…read full post.

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The Lean LaunchPad Educators Class

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There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come – Victor Hugo. The Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship curriculum has caught fire. This week 100 educators from around the world will come to Stanford to learn how to teach it….read full post.

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Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

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For many entrepreneurs “raising money” has replaced “building a sustainable business” as their goal.  That’s a big mistake. When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours…read full post.

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Who’s Doing the Learning?

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For many entrepreneurs “raising money” has replaced “building a sustainable business” as their goal.  That’s a big mistake. When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours…read full post.

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