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General Business

Becoming a verb

You’re on the right track when your company becomes a verb.  Just add a “d” to your name and you’ve got an idea what I’m talking about.  Google is the best example of this – as in “Have you Googled that?” A couple of the companies I work with are on their way (at least…

Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!

I was reminded (again) today of the importance of clear, open and honest communication. There’s no substitute for it.  There seems to be a 1:10   rule about communication such that it takes about 10 times the amount of energy/effort to communicate something after the fact (i.e., after a communication break-down) than doing it up front. …

Moving right along

Fred Wilson had a great post recently on the problem of analysis paralysis. I completely agree. One of the challenges of business (and entrepreneurship) is that companies constantly have to make decisions based on incomplete information. That’s just part of the game. Successful entrepreneurs recognize that, take in as much information as makes sense, make…

Jarbarish

Fred Wilson has done a very amusing series of posts on VC Clichés (see the latest here) Terry Gold takes this to another level with what he has termed Jarbarish (a blend of jargon and gibberish).  Here he posts an absolutely hilarious bit that he used at a recent company meeting.  Thanks Terry for lightening…

The Last Days of Enron

The New York Times is running a series of articles on the last days of the Enron crisis (actually excerpts from Times writer Kurt Eichenwald’s forthcoming book on the subject).   It reads like a soap opera (by both design and because that’s really what this story amounts to).  The amazing take-away for me was just…

Google News

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Google has made their news page customizable (see the  “customize this page” link on the right of the screen).   Not all that surprising a move (what took them so long?) . . .  they are a media platform after all – even  though they want us all to think…

Paying for what you get?

Ever notice that the nicer the hotel you stay in, the more you have to pay for? It seems to me that the more I pay for a room, the more likely it is that I have to pay for local phone calls, internet access, breakfast, gym access, etc. I was thinking about this a…

Conveying Information Effectively

Here’s an interesting experiment to try. Get a friend. Think of a song (one that you would reasonably expect your friend to know as well). Tap along with your finger while you play the song to yourself in your head. Now ask your friend what song you were taping out. It turns out that the taper’s estimate of  how…

What it takes to go public

I’ve sat through a few presentations by investment bankers recently on what it takes to go public (most recently at VC in the Rockies – see my post about the conference here).  I  thought I’d throw out some of my notes so you could see what I’m being told it takes to get public in…

Who vs. Where

I recently wrote a blog – The Power of Location – about Quova (one of the companies I work with) and the idea of “place” on the Internet.  In response, Dimitar Vesselinov (who has a great blog) dropped a couple of comments to the post. My sense is that not everyone pays attention to the…