The #1 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Case Study

InfoChachkie

Before beginning customer success stories or case studies with a new client, I ask a LOT of questions of my marketing contacts - well before ever talking to one of their happy customers. 2- The goals for their case studies. A customer story can't just be interesting or results-oriented.

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

Xconomy

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

Xconomy

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.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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

Xconomy

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.

The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson

Berkonomics

So the lion recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as a supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports. He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports.

Entrepreneurs Should Create A Degree – Not Buy One Off The Rack

InfoChachkie

Contrary to conventional wisdom, success as a millennial entrepreneur does not require that you become proficient in writing commercial-quality software code. Writing / English / Public Speaking. Writ 105PS Writing for Public Speaking.

How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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I have checked Twitter at least 10 times during the writing of this post so far and Facebook 3 times. I can’t write a blog post and then wait 3 days to publish. It’s why I don’t write for TechCrunch or similar much any more. I study for tests last minute.

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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.

Focus@will Launches Paid Subscriptions

socalTECH

The startup''s service revolves around finding music that helps users concentrate on work, studying, or other intensive activities, with the idea that the right kind of music can help extend the concentration of users.

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Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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Most men in the 1940's and 50's did not know how to use a keyboard and thus could not write code. McKinsey & Company studies find that top-performing companies have the greatest number of women in top management positions and serving on Boards.

Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

InfoChachkie

Bill Gates – “The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012.

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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.

How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur

InfoChachkie

Benedikt Scholz is an exceptional student whom I had the pleasure of instructing when he recently studied at UC Santa Barbara. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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

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She highlighted for me how we measure human potential today and it’s based on the workforce that existing post WWII where teaching rote memorization of facts: Math, reading comprehension, writing, basic science, etc.

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

InfoChachkie

Writing a book is very different from writing a blog. One, I wanted to know what it was like to write a book. I am actually in the midst of writing a third book, it (may be) called Entrepreneurial Communities… and I am going to self-publish it.

Now Is Never Too Early For An Entrepreneur - Start Small, Start Now

InfoChachkie

I was inspired to write this entry after reading Scott Dinsmore’s 11 Quick Actions article. Write about it. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now.”. Chinese Proverb, borrowed from Scott Dinsmore’s Reading For Your Success.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.

Berkonomics

Studies found that people who write plans are more likely to put their goals in action and increases your likelihood of success. By JJ Richa.

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The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

Both Sides of the Table

These people are like the friend in college who always tempted you by telling you about the latest party when you were at the library studying. Mostly I just wanted to write this as a reminder to founders to be suspicious of people who constantly introduce you around.

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

InfoChachkie

However, numerous studies have shown that habitual multitasking actually reduces productivity, rather than enhancing it. We have businesses that we would like to build, or books that we would like to write.

RAM shift phase 2

Xconomy

Indeed, a World Economic Forum study ( PDF ) predicts that technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics will replace some 5 million jobs by 2020, while also creating new occupations.

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

InfoChachkie

"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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

InfoChachkie

At the beginning of the index, Guy writes, “I hope Robert Cialdini checks this index.” Like King, his writing style is breezy and engaging. However, greater exposure to studies performed by other, less widely-read persuasion experts would have been appreciated.

Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

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You are going to “study” the details before making a decision. He told me to stop responded to RFPs where I wasn’t the person who helped write the specs for the RFPs. Why you should never have a data room?—?the

Focus@will's Music Service Opens Up To Public

socalTECH

The service--headed by Will Heshall--said its public beta will let a wider set of users test and evaluate its tool, which helps select and play music that enables users to better work, study, write, and read. - Focus@will , the Los Angeles music startup which says its service can help users improve their concentration and retention while working, said today that it has opened up a public beta of its service.

Serious Presentation Tips From Standup Comics

InfoChachkie

They often write their own material, book their gigs, arrange their travel and negotiate and collect their compensation from club owners. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

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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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The writing on this show is some of the best writing in modern American comedic shows. Starting back in 2015 and throughout much of 2016 people started commenting that my blog had become a lot more political. I guess I didn’t see it quite that way.

Goodbye Jody. You Really Were Awesome

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I’ll write you an angel check, then. How smart she was – studying to be a doctor. You’re gone too early. We still had so many more times to spend together. I loved this image I saw posted by Andy Rankin. Because this is the one word that was not in your vocabulary.

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Tech Coast Angels: We Have Higher Returns Than Angel Averages

socalTECH

The Tech Coast Angels , Southern California's biggest angel investment group, says its performance record and returns on its investments are higher than the average angel, in nearly all categories, based on a new academic study. According to the TCA, it had a 3.3x return on its investments, based on an analysis prepared by Dr. Rob Wiltbank and Professor Wade Brooks for Willamette University and the Angel Resource Institute (ARI).

The 1/9/90 Rule of UGC & Why It’s OK to Have Lurkers

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I stumbled upon the Question, “ What-is-the-motivation-behind-writing-public-reviews-and-tips-as-on-Amazon-Yelp-Foursquare-StickyBits-etc &# and took the bait. Or let’s face it – writing lots of answers on Quora. Two days ago I wrote about Quora.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

InfoChachkie

Also, you mentioned an interesting rails session that you attended last month about security, and we've been studying Google's web app security guidelines. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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The Most Important Political Show on TV

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The guests included Robin Wright (a leading expert on Iran), Vali Nasr (Dean of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) and Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institute. The featured a leading analyst from a bank who has been writing on the topic lately.

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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. You might write a piece now and then that catches fire but there is nothing repeatable that would be useful for a business. Simply write a great book?

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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The questions that a VC mulls before writing a check are precisely the questions you should be asking yourself. If you figure out how to scale a video product inside of Facebook really, really, quickly they’re likely to allow it to happen for a while so they can study the positive & negative impacts on user experiences. If you want to succeed you need to study the competitors. But not to study what else is happening in a market is wrong. Study your history.

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