Category Archives: Family/Career

University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

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I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation. This school has a distinguished roster of graduates… Earl Bakken, the founder ofMedtronic, was an Electrical Engineering grad, and Bob Gore of Gortex, and your current president are … Continue reading

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Failure and Redemption

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“What’s gone and what’s past help Should be past grief.” William Shakespeare - The Winter’s Tale We give abundant advice to founders about how to make startups succeed yet we offer few models about dealing with failure…read full post. Download MP3

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Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

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This July I thought I had set the record for tenacity in my age group. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post, it’s short. I reminded my Startup Owners Manual co-author Bob Dorf this is how entrepreneurs played the game, blah, blah, … Continue reading

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Careers Start by Peeling Potatoes

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Listening to my the family talk about dividing up the cooking chores for this Thanksgiving dinner, including who would peel the potatoes, reminded me that most careers start by peeling potatoes…read full post. Download MP3

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Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

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Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can … Continue reading

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How We Fight – Cofounders in Love and War

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I often get asked about finding cofounders and I usually give the standard list of characteristics of what I look for in a founder.  And I emphasize the value of a founding team with complementary skills sets – i.e. the hacker/hustler/designer cofounder archetype … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship is hard but you can’t die

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We Sleep Peaceably In Our Beds At Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready To Do Violence On Our Behalf Everyone has events that shape the rest of their lives.  This was one of mine…read full post. Download MP3

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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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