Empty Leadership

This last week, TechCrunch reported that a startup named “Color,” which had raised $41 million in venture capital, was in big, big trouble.  So what does the valiant CEO do?  Take 3-4 months off for a sabbatical, naturally. Having fought through countless battles building four startups and now backing entrepreneurs as a profession, this absolutely infuriated me.  A glaring…

Veggie Omelet with Ham

At breakfast with my 13-year-old daughter Chloe and her friend, a baffling question was posed.  Chloe’s friend asked, “Can I get the vegetarian omelet…but with ham?” “Absolutely!  Why not?” I grinned.  And then it hit me.  She’s at an age when her imagination still hasn’t been beaten out of her; where she can still balk traditional thinking and embrace…

Lead Without Title

At a recent visit to a NYC jazz club, I witnessed a near disaster averted only by another’s selfless act.  The vocalist (the leader in this instance), instructed the musicians to begin a classic jazz standard in a specific key.  Once she began to sing, however, the highly trained musicians cringed with fearful anticipation.  The…

Be The Cannibal

In the business world there is an often-muttered fear of “cannibalization.”  This silly phrase is used when one person at a company comes up with a new idea or figures out how to better serve a customer.  Immediately, the fear-mongering bureaucrats object, stating that this new solution might “cannibalize” their business. Good! We should hope…