Month: September 2012

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 […]

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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 […]

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Clarity Through Camouflage

Last week I had the profound honor of speaking to the 414th battalion of the United States Army.  I looked into the eyes of these brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country.  Their sacrifice enables us to start companies, create art, and build communities. In the room where I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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