New Study: DNA Tests For Healthy People Have “Uncertain Value”


A new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine questions the practicality of making DNA tests standard for people who don’t have a cancer diagnosis or aren’t trying to identify a mysterious disease. While close examination of a person’s DNA might help spot disease early or prevent it altogether, it also might spur “unnecessary costly follow-up,” the authors write.

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BLOGGER ALERT: How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging

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In this article you’ll discover how to start a blog that makes money. There are four types of blogs; written blogs, video blogs, photo blogs and a combination of these. We’ll primarily be discussing written blogs. How to make money with a written blog.

Bio Roundup: Obamacare Persists, FDA Approves, Vertex Wows & More


But as of this writing, McConnell will allow a vote next week to start open debate, much less tightly controlled than the secretive BCRA that went nowhere. The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act took a major hit this week from Senate GOP holdouts who said the Better Care Reconciliation Act either tore down Medicaid too much or left too much of the ACA in place. A straight-up repeal, floated by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, was also shot down.

Bio Roundup: Senate Drama, A.I. Stories, Data Dives, Shkreli & More


There is no Obamacare replacement, at least not as of this writing. The Senate Republicans are fractured, with a handful of conservatives and moderates each giving a cold shoulder to their chamber’s version of healthcare reform, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

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I know it may feel this way since I’m writing this tongue in cheek. By the way, I don’t spell check my blog posts either. The sort of thing I’m guessing you’ve studied for some time. The person writing things he or she is doing me a favor.

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Biotech Roundup: ASCO, BIO, Drug Setbacks, Incubators & More


And in New York, these folks are writing a musical about Martin Shkreli—specifically, the hilarious rumor that Bill Murray might steal back the Wu-Tang Clan album Shkreli bought for $2 million. —Two more clinical setbacks decimated the shares of Massachusetts biotechs: Ocular Therapeutix’s (NASDAQ: OCUL ) OTX-DP failed a trial for allergic conjunctivitis , while Catabasis Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ: CATB ) CAT-2054 flunked a study in patients with high cholesterol.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs.

Quick Hack to Make Your Boss (and you) More Productive

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“A study by Microsoft showed just how lethal interruptions are to productivity. He also write a nice post on limiting email and managing on the important / urgent matrix from the perspective on a recovering ex investment banker.

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

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The news blogs will cover the what, how and how much but I want to focus on the “why” and try to be instructive of what I think makes for a great A-round startup. The systems they are building are adaptive and computer generated so they can’t be studied, memorized or gamed.

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Want to Know What Marc Andreessen’s Magic on Twitter is? Hint: It’s Not Tweetstorming

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Fred Wilson wrote a Tweetstorm and then did a blog post on the topic. I never asked Marc why he stopped blogging but I presume it is some combo of having started a venture capital firm (which you might guess takes a bit of time) and also allowing some air time for his then-less-well-known compadre. All of the wisdom he used to drop on the blog was now flowing publicly, in realtime, with almost no editing ability, on Twitter. ” He was writing to people.

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

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If you’re raising a round where a new lead investor would invest $5 million the VC fund must have no less than $100 million and if you’re looking for them to write $15–20 million as the lead their fund realistically should be at least $400 million.

What Does it Mean to be American? Why Trump is Just a Blip on the Radar

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Starting back in 2015 and throughout much of 2016 people started commenting that my blog had become a lot more political. And when the tides turned towards more inclusiveness I cheered it on whether it was on this blog or through Twitter / Facebook / Snapchat.

Want To Be A TechStar? Read Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s New Book: Venture Deals


I began our discussion by asking Brad what motivated him to co-author Venture Deals , rather than continuing to share venture capitalists’ secrets via his Ask The VC blog. Writing a book is very different from writing a blog. Why are you spending any time blogging?’

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Startup Company Lawyer , March 14, 2010 Four Minutes In The Morning - Feld Thoughts , September 1, 2010 Ten Crowdsourcing Trends for 2011 - crowdSPRING Blog , December 8, 2010 How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup - Vinicius Vacanti , August 3, 2010 Evidence that Facebook Works as Marketing Tool - The Entrepreneurial Mind , March 2, 2010 10 Blogging Tips. Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment


It has also influenced my thoughts, as evidenced by the six infoChachkie blog entries which reference Art. The second most referenced author on my blog, after Kawasaki, is Robert Cialdini, co-author of Yes! Like King, his writing style is breezy and engaging.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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Tracy studied SEOMoz and several other online sources of SEO tips. So Tracy began keeping a blog about … (what else?) Instead of doing guest posts on TechCrunch or speaking at startup conferences, Tracy became a regular contributor on wedding and women’s lifestyle blogs.

Successful Entrepreneurs Ignore The Lion Tamer’s Stool And Avoid The Whip


However, numerous studies have shown that habitual multitasking actually reduces productivity, rather than enhancing it. Between social media, blog posts, TV and the Internet - your phone is always on you and buzzing, push notifications, everything.

Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

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The starting point of product IS marketing, which is what a lot of young entrepreneurs that never studied business don’t realize. When I first started blogging Digg was still at its peak. Simply write a great book?

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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There have been many studies done on the topic including looking at twins raised in separate families. There have been studies of adopted children to their natural parents versus the parents that raised them. I have also seen studies on “birth order.&#. Nature vs. Nurture.

Avoid Monoculture. Travel. Read Widely. Let Experience be Your Compass.

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Experiences way beyond any hack-a-thon, startup blog or your current company engagement can enrich your thinking and challenge you to think more broadly about the solutions you offer in the market. He is lauded and told that he should study.

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This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

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In writing anything positive about any of the companies I’m not suggesting that it means that I prefer them to any of their competitors. Also, some of the deals I write about I have actually seen as part of their fund raising process. Blogging has gone through many iterations.

Spolsky on Software on Both Sides of The Table

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Sometime around 2003/04 my technology team turned me on to “Spolsky on Software&# a periodic newsletter served up blog style from Joel Spolsky of FogCreek Software, a maker of bug-tracking software. Background: Joel Spolsky studied Computer Science at Yale University (class of 1991).

A Guide to Using Authority & Social Proof in Fund Raising

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I recently read a book I’d highly recommend to every reader of this blog called “ Yes, 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive &# by Robert B.

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One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

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Brad Feld seems to write books faster than I can read and write about them. He teamed up with his wife, Amy Batchelor , to write about about the impact that entrepreneurship has on relationships and what to do about it.

What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire

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As a teenager he experimented with writing & producing his own rap music and received a lot of feedback from elders that he had a talent with words. He studied the errors that other people had made and tried to improve on them. I study it every day.&#.

We’re All Frogs Boiling in Water

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Before he’s had a chance to rub the morning ink off of his thumbs I’ve read op-eds from the NY Times and Washington Post as well as scanned Techmeme and read a few blogs. There is an argument to be made about the need for time to read, time to reflect and time to write.

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Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. He writes with a great perspective and is well worth reading. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up.

If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

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This started as a post in which I was going to write out tips to personal branding and became in stead an essay of my own branding journey. When I decided to start blogging again (I had done so as an entrepreneur) I thought about how to brand myself.

The @TWTFelipe Story – A Tale of US Visa Policy Gone Awry (#startupvisa)

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I’ve been meaning to write this post since September of last year when Brad Feld first wrote about the The Founders Visa Movement. I commented briefly on his blog and made a mental note to write a blog post.

6 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Startup Bandwagon

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For example, a startup may hire you as an accountant, but you may also be asked to do social media marketing content gearing towards finance for the company blog. Now, you’re handling payroll and doing writing as well. Image courtesy of Refinery29 via Pinterest.

Do you Suffer from the Urgency Addiction? It’s More Common Than you Think

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I know that would be surprising to many readers since keeping a blog somehow convinces people that I’m a time management or productivity ninja. I was the guy in high school who didn’t have to study early to do well on tests and that continued into college.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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In the original version of his post, Andy writes. It’s true this was much bigger in the dot com era but I’ve studied the data and know that over the past decade these numbers are right. I blog.

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

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Most of my MBA classes were a waste (since I had studied economics as an undergrad) but one totally changed my thinking. I am avoiding “frenzied&# deals for all of the reasons Roger Ehrenberg talks about in his excellent blog post. I will write about some of these topics soon.

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Whose Life are You Going to Change?

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As a VC I’m acutely that a “yes&# decision to support an entrepreneur can do just that, yet I only write 2-4 of them per year and maybe another 3-4 as an angel. I started blogging because Brad Feld blogged. It turned into this blog.

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Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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Huge thank you to Steve De Long for the write up. Brad on blogging. How did you start blogging? “My The thing you should do is study Silicon Valley and try to understand what’s great about it and try to institutionalize within your community some of those things.

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