Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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McKinsey had their “ 7S framework &# and BCG had the “ BCG Matrix &# with cash cows, dogs, stars and question marks. I mean Porter’s Five forces is a useful framework but it’s basically microeconomics with a pretty wrapper.

Science37: Using Technology To Enable Remote, Clinical Trials, with Belinda Tan


It's really hard to do the study which requires you to drive weekly to a clinic, find parking, deal with traffic, and wait in a waiting room. Belinda Tan: Most of our trials are Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies. We're now starting to plan to open this to Phase 4 studies. Phase I studies typically require patients to be heavily monitored in a clinic, so we don't do many, though we've had some interest from sponsors about some pretty low-risk Phase I studies.

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

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*. What is the role of a VC for entrepreneurs? I was recently contacted by an entrepreneur who was consider a few different business models for his company. My job isn’t to predict markets but rather to find entrepreneurs who want to create markets through insight and conviction.” It’s to find great entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving a problem. Consultants should provide you data & frameworks – not decisions.

Why Your Startup Needs a Sales Methodology

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Like most startup entrepreneurs, when I began my first company in 1999 I had no formal sales experience. I’m going to set up the framework today and in future posts I’ll drill down into each area. This article originally appeared on

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The Most Important Book I Read This Summer

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This is truly an inspirational read or listen for any entrepreneur and I can’t recommend it enough. The framework for the book is a letter to Coates’ son who is a teen ager.

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. Yesterday I wrote a post about “ growth hacking ” and why I thought it was wrong that people were hating on the term unnecessarily.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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I told people privately my perfect spec: computer science undergrad from MIT (or any other great school), 2-years at McKinsey but no more than that (I love the analytical framework that the top strategy consulting firms provide.

On Leadership, Teams, Success & Happiness

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They often are very good at getting information out of people, helping create a framework for making decisions and pushing for support amongst the organization from those that back the decision and those that do not. These are the skills I look for in entrepreneurs and leaders.

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Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010


Why Entrepreneurs Hate Lawyers. In many of them I get asked similar questions, including the inevitable “what makes a great entrepreneur?” LIFT10: Workshop on Hacking Venture Capital - Fred Destin , May 7, 2010 This morning at the excellent LIFT Conference I gave a two hour workshop on " Hacking Venture Capital " designed to give entrepreneurs a hands-on experience of (a) pitching and (b) negotiating with detailed debrief and tricks of the trade.

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Non-Profits Telling Stories Through Technology

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Brandon Hance , Founder and CEO of Los Angeles based GoodThreads , went through college as a student athlete playing football for USC while studying business.

TZ Startup Hot Seat | Mark O’Sullivan Founder and CEO of Vanilla Forums

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In this installment of TZ Startup Hot Seat we have a chat with Mark O’Sullivan on Vanilla Forums how he came up with the concept and how they plan to revolutionize the industry, and the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur. Who are your three most influential entrepreneurs?