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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]

The Best Movies About Real Business, Not Hollywood’s Idea of Business

Eric Ries likes to asks audiences who has seen a movie about a startup.  Normally everyone has seen “The Social Network”. But, quoting a recent profile: “Perhaps Ries’ most important message was that the same democratization of entrepreneurship has been tied to a glorification of the profession. [...continue reading]

How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Images To Your Presentations

What do you remember better? Pictures or words? The evidence is clear: people have better recall for images than text.  Including attractive images that dramatize your speaking points will significantly increase your efficacy as a speaker. Based on my experience in investment banking and [...continue reading]

How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page all have in common? Yes, they’ve founded multi-billion dollar businesses with virtually no formal business training, with combined revenues of over $80 billion. But they are also former software engineers and hackers, an experience that [...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]

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]

Entrepreneurial Education Programs in New York/Invitation to Founder Institute Investor Session

I've been very excited to see the boom in the New York startup community in the last 2 years, driven in large part by the shrinkage in the NY industries that traditionally lured some of the most entrepreneurial and aggressive personalities (finance, consulting, etc.) Michael Karnjanaprakorn posted a [...continue reading]

Introduction to Probability textbook—no charge

Thanks to the American Mathematical Society, Dartmouth is giving away the much-praised textbook, Introduction to Probability by Charles M. Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell, as free etext. The website also includes computer programs to go along with the book. Link Via [...continue reading]

How to be an expert

The August issue of Scientific American takes a deep look at how experts--chess grandmasters, musicians, physicians--develop their abilities. Ericsson argues that what matters is not experience per se but "effortful study," which entails continually tackling challenges that lie just beyond one's [...continue reading]

How to Detect Hidden Bias (in Yourself)

Two people-one a nattily dressed young white man, the other a middle-aged black woman who is slightly overweight-apply for a job with your organization. They seem equally qualified, but the hiring manager has an inexplicable and slightly negative reaction to the woman. "I just can't put my finger on [...continue reading]

Request a library book…via Amazon

Jon Udell shares: How to request a library book...via Amazon. Via Merlin Mann: I still can't get over how cool this is. Jon Udell's little wizard lets you generate a bookmarklet for requesting a library book-based on the Amazon page you're currently viewing. It's clearly a flawless [...continue reading]

Google Hacking Mini-Guide

Using search engines such as Google, "search engine hackers" can easily find exploitable targets and sensitive data. This article outlines some of the techniques used by hackers and discusses how to prevent your site from becoming a victim of this form of information leakage. More... Via [...continue reading]

11 steps to a better brain

Invaluable advice: 11 steps to a better brain. I'm just waiting to hear that Modafinil is becoming standard issue at all the major investment banks. [...continue reading]

TheDeal, Chief Executive Magazine, and others

Via Corante: Get TheDeal magazine and Chief Executive magazine at no charge to you. [...continue reading]