Of Course #BlackLivesMatter — How Could Anything be LESS Controversial?

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Of course all lives matter. She asks those who agree to stand and of course nobody stands, to which she rightly says … “That says very plainly, you know what’s happening, you know you don’t want it for you, I want to know why you’re so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others.”

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Google Launching Its Own Computer Science Courses on Campuses


Early next year, twenty students will have the opportunity to study machine learning for 10 weeks with Google engineers, college professors, and coaches—free of charge. The course will then be held at four other higher education institutions in the summer.

Does your team know your playbook?


From experience and from information about the competition, a coach creates a playbook that contains detailed plans for actions or plays that the entire team must know without question and execute without pause in order to win games and advance toward the playoffs.

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The 18-month rule and a harrowing tale


Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here. I have an industrial psychology educational background but could not count upon myself to be completely objective here, of course.).

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

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In 2017 we began inserting an “Inclusion Clause” into our term sheets because we believe that the culture one establishes at the earliest stages of one’s business will set out the course of how it will grow and develop.

A Teachable Moment on Race

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And the responses have been — of course — predictable. From Mike Ditka, Hall-of-Fame coach of the Chicago Bears, in typical bullying form : “If they don’t like the country, if they don’t like our flag, get the hell out.

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The Most Thoughtful Human Story of the Election I’ve Read

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he coached me and my 3 siblings in basketball and soccer and more. of course there is the alt right and more whackjobs who voted for trump, but trump only won because he struck a chord with the mainstream. I received this email from a friend.

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How can I trust that my virtual employees are working?


Of course we have expectations and KPIs, but any slackers would soon find themselves very uncomfortable surrounded by results–oriented team. One more thing: supervisors need first–hand experience of working virtually in order to support, motivate and coach their teams.

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The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

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The show has become my best curator of which books to read (including my favorite of last year, The Accidental Superpower ) and my go to for understanding geopolitics of: Russia, Iran, Pakistan, China, India and of course the US. Increasingly I find myself engaging executive coaches at companies an trying to help executive teams get 360 degree feedback. The best leaders I know encourage coaches to come in and are willing to listen to feedback about themselves.

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Understanding the Politics of Tech Startups

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It’s why I called out the importance of “executive coaches” in this post. Given how important people management is it’s surprising more of us don’t have group coaches.

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The Importance of Realism in Startups

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I made many classic first-time mistakes which serves both as my warning signal of which teams to avoid funding (if I perceive they will make critical mistakes often led by hubris) and also as my source for coaching others. There are of course also external factors you can’t control.

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Micro–train; macro–manage


” Of course, in practice it’s not that easy. Instead of spending a lot of time managing them, invest a little quality time in coaching them. Dave’s note: The week, we again welcome Kim Shepherd as our guest author, with her blunt, on-the-target style.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

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She is a coach and mentor to team members. And then of course each venture firm must be careful not to add partners unless they know the chemistry will work with all other partners as our team unit and cohesiveness are so important.

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

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Of course stringing out the process doesn’t lead to good outcomes. I spend a lot of time coaching entrepreneurs through their fund-raising processes by doing “pipeline reviews” of all of the firms with whom they are speaking.

You Can’t Rely on a VC for Your Hardest Decisions

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Of course as a frequently traveler I know this, too. We are money, advice, coaching, cheerleading, interventionist but not “the decider.” They are there to help you correct your course when you want to make decisions that their history and wisdom tells them might lead you into a dark alley. I was reminded about the role of a VC last week when my partner Kara Nortman (<—- yes, of course you should follower her!

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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Of course that’s true. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

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” Of course I agree with this. In practice it can be a fine line between sparring partner / coach and stepping over the line to brute-force persuasion. Of course by the next quarter if I felt ripped off I could advocate for 7% or maybe ops requirements needed to be upped to 20% for one quarter. Of course we fancy ourselves as the best sales people in the company. And of course the VP of Sales had the ultimate call.

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

Lisa is a skilled public speaking coach. Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved. Of course not, but I wish I could.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. Of course it is super helpful if a VC can drop you in to important people for business development, recruiting, PR, sales and eventually M&A. I think of VCs as coaches. Picking a VC is hard.

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To My Wife, On Mother’s Day

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I’ve written about my own mom before and the role she played in shaping my life but of course you never quite appreciate the full contributions of Mom until you’re much older. So today should of course by Wife Appreciation Day as much as Mother’s Day. We observe them in their daily lives and interactions with their teachers, coaches and friends and we look on with pride and the wonderful little human beings they have become. Mother’s Day.

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TakeLessons CEO Discusses Chromatik Buyout, Why it’s a Good Fit


TakeLessons also acquired Chicago-based Betterfly, which offered online vocational classes, DIY projects, and self-improvement courses like public speaking and personal life coaching.

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The Perils of Founder Fighting

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Of course it makes no sense to have great people management and a crappy product. ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

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How To Maximize Your Value At A Startup: Your Greatest Ability Is Often Your Availability


His willingness to add value wherever his coach needed him most, not only helped his teams win three consecutive World Championships, but it also allowed Bert to extend his career by making himself Indispensible.

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Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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Seed investors are aplenty and of course they need downstream money to fuel their early-stage bets. Of course these are great places to network with other investors, meet great entrepreneurs and keep your connections strong with senior execs at larger companies like Yahoo!, Of course I would like to be in every great deal ever done. This is when founders need you the most – either are coach, mentor, interviewer, work off-loader or honest-mirror-reflection of reality.

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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Throughout the course of last year I never had more than $8,000 in my account. . Of course I do! If you have a chance to be on court and shooting 3-pointers as the game clock is winding down OF COURSE you still want to be on the court. And yes, I sleep better at night as a coach.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

Lisa is an a skilled public speaking coach. Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved.

What Startup Advisors Do I Need?


But, advisors, coaches, and mentors can often fill the bill. Of course, you will want to work out the specifics of how you plan to work together with the advisor once it becomes more formal and adjust accordingly. Bob Dorf just published a post Where are the Hackers? Solving the Founder-Tech Gap that came out of some fun conversations that Bob and I have been having. A large part of this conversation is what kinds of advisors startups should be looking for.

Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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But of course all of these things are intertwined. Obviously you need to be mentally flexible enough to spot if your instincts were wrong and a change of course is necessary. I’ve spent hours this week reading about the firing of the head coach and personnel manager of the football team I support – The Philadelphia Eagles. His name was Chip Kelly and he came off of a very successful stint as the coach of the collegiate Oregon Ducks.

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On Leadership. And Diversity of Character.

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I often tell people I learned more about how to become an entrepreneur by being president of my fraternity than any college course I ever took or any paid job I ever had. Of course it was infinitely more challenging. *. What does it mean to be a leader?

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Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

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Get board members to help me with things they are uniquely positions to help with – mostly introductions, recruiting or coaching my team members. And of course you must also get your board administration done.

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won


We realized that if we found a very competent person at the genesis of their entrepreneurial career, at the very, very beginning, we could actually coach and guide them through these critical decisions, to help them avoid fundamental mistakes.

What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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So part of playing an effective coach is helping the team to see the answer for themselves. Fred has of course been a public mentor to us all with his market-defining terminology that he popularized including “freemium” and “mobile first.”

This is How Startups “Level Up” After Raising Money

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Of course I’m not preaching crazy, irrational spend or having Kid Rock at your next company party. You can do them all yourself, of course. You’re the coach, mentor, cheerleader. One of the interesting things about being a VC is that you often see companies in transition. If you’re an early investor like I am that often means writing the first $2-3 million check into a business that previously had either survived on fumes or on a $500,000 angel round.

What to Make of Amazon’s Work Practices?

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What about a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. And of course there are startups. There is much discussion about this weekend’s article in the NY Times regarding Amazon’s work practices. People seem polarized between, “that’s what it takes to succeed” to “I can’t believe what a heartless, intolerant and misogynistic company culture they’ve built.”

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