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Recent Books: Paleo, Angel Investing, Mediation, and Career Acceleration

I read a few books over the last year that I thought were worth highlighting/recommending: The book that has had the most practical impact on my life was The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant.  This is a thoughtful analysis and explication of the “paleo” or [...continue reading]

Top 9 Easy Career Hacks That Most People Don’t Do

I agree with Brad Feld: Most people flake.  If you’re not a flake, you are far more likely be trusted, promoted, and funded.  If you execute on the steps below, you’re well on your way to being a top quartile performer. I gave a presentation to Womensphere a few months ago on the most valuable [...continue reading]

How To Present So People will Hear

You probably have to make presentations, but does the audience hear what you’re saying?  And do they believe it? Based on my experience in investment banking and strategy consulting, I've put together a 3-part series on how to prepare memos and presentations that people will read and believe. [...continue reading]

How to Write a Memo That People Will Actually Read

I spent many late nights as an investment banker and strategy consultant early in my career.  My #1 learning from that experience (besides financial modeling) was how to communicate in an effective way, particularly with senior executives.  As  training now for my team at ff Venture Capital, I’ve [...continue reading]

How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

(also posted in Forbes.) You just hired a new employee for $100K; congratulations! Recruiting is expensive.  You probably spent 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her (her recruiting cost ratio), and if she leaves early you’ll lose another 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her [...continue reading]

How To Start Your New Job And Not Get Fired

Congratulations on your new job!  Now, how do you make sure that you keep it? 46% of newly-hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success, according to a study by Leadership IQ. Of those that fail, only 11% lacked the necessary technical skills. The [...continue reading]

3 Ways Proven Executives Get Paid To Work With Startups

Drew Hansen recently posted in Forbes a summary of my presentation (included below) on Career Opportunities with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies. His article is here.     [...continue reading]

How to End Your Job Search: Post Job Campaign Considerations

This is a guest post from Jim Kacena, Career and Job Search Coach, in Chicago, IL.  I received the article below via the International Executives Resource Group, of which I’ve been a long-time member.  (The IERG is a gated online community for senior executives with strong international [...continue reading]

Free Video: How to Hack Your MBA

Evisors just posted the video from my recent webinar on "How to Hack Your MBA". Since 1992, I've been working on a book tentatively titled "Hack your Education: How to Squeeze Maximum Value from College or Graduate School". I've posted on my site the expanded slides from the webinar and a [...continue reading]

Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital

  ffVC is looking for interns.  Specifically, we are looking for an intern to join our team to finish out the Summer and transition into the Fall.  We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well.  If you're interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing [...continue reading]

How to Hack Your College or Graduate School Education

You're likely investing $20,000-$50,000/year, plus opportunity cost, to attend school.  How can you maximize the benefits of all the years and all the money that you are investing? I have a tentative answer.  Below is the draft of a book I’m writing tentatively titled, “How to Hack Your [...continue reading]

July 19 Dreamit Talk: Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers

On July 19, I'm giving a presentation to the current group of DreamIt Ventures companies in New York on “Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers.”  This is open to the public (no charge). Given the hyper-competitive market for talent in the New York tech world, I thought it would be [...continue reading]

Seeking CEO+Cofounders for Spinoff of VC-Backed Startup, W. 36th St.

- Do you have a great team but your product just isn’t working? - Are you thinking of applying to Y Combinator without an idea? - Does your team want to quit your day jobs and really kick-off a company? - Would you like to have a salary from day one of your startup? If the answer is yes to any [...continue reading]

How to Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies

I'm delivering a webinar next Tuesday for Harvard Business School Career Services on "How to Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies".  Among the topics I'm covering: - Raise capital from a venture capital fund to found a company - Partner with a private equity fund to [...continue reading]