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18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors

The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s.  Her eyes are going, not to mention her brain.  I look at a lot of spreadsheets and analytic reports, and way too many are difficult to read and therefore hard to understand. In an effort to make my life easier, I’ve summarized here the [...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]

Venture Capital Superheroes

CB Insights just included ffVC in 13 Micro VCs We’re Watching, along with a (highly inaccurate) superhero graphic.  CB Insights has become a very influential data source in the industry.  In fact, I recently had dinner with a well-known VC who said that he was surprised to see the CB Insights [...continue reading]

A Checklist For Writing Code

Ever since I studied Total Quality Management in college, I’ve been a bit obsessed with documenting processes.  I was particularly influenced by Dr. Atul Gawande’s “Checklist Manifesto”, which underlined for me the value of collecting, documenting, analyzing, and continually re-optimizing best [...continue reading]

Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund

Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, is a man after my own heart.  A few years ago he publicly set down his core Principles for living, managing, and investing.  Bridgewater uses these codified rules for recruiting, training, and most important, managing the [...continue reading]

Recruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers

I finally got around to posting the video from a Founder Institute class I taught earlier this year onRecruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers . Although I focused on recruiting technical talent, my points are applicable to recruiting in general. Feedback always welcome! [...continue reading]

Should Your Startup Pivot, Persevere, or Plank?

(I originally published this in Forbes.) It’s a cliché of the startup world that successful entrepreneurs persevere even when everyone else thinks their idea is doomed (see: Pandora). It’s a cliché of the startup world that successful entrepreneurs pivot when appropriate (see: Paypal, Apple [...continue reading]

Free webinars on interviewing, recruiting, employee screening, and social network recruiting

My friends at Accolo have some very worthwhile webinars available for free on their site. These are geared to hiring managers and recruiters. You can watch these at your convenience: The Inside Numbers on the Job Market and the Impending Hiring War How to Conduct the Perfect Interview [...continue reading]

Hiring and Firing for Entrepreneurs

I'll be presenting on April 27 to the Founder Institute Singapore on "Hiring and Firing for Entrepreneurs". My draft slide deck is below; I would welcome feedback. Recruiting Hacks from David Teten [...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]

Seeking template project plan for a startup business

(jurvetson image via Flickr) I'm currently advising two startup businesses, and on their behalf my colleague Corentin Roux dit Buisson and I set out looking for a detailed template project plan for starting a new company. However, we haven't yet succeeded. Do any readers have ideas? Whilst [...continue reading]

How to Manage Virtual Employees

In our latest FastCompany column, we summarized best practices in managing virtual employees at Evalueserve: ...Daigle observed that the virtual structure eliminates many political issues: "Not only do we not have much of the water cooler, idle time type of communication, and resulting issues -- we [...continue reading]

The many benefits of your star employees leaving the firm (?)

Via Wharton's newsletter: It's always been assumed that when employees leave their companies to join other ones that all their knowledge and experience leave with them.  But new research suggests that, at least in the high-tech field, firms can wind up gaining access to the knowledge being [...continue reading]

Book Summary: The Six Sigma Way

(book summary written by Scott Lichtman): I recently borrowed a copy of The Six Sigma Way, a book by Pande, Neuman and Cavanagh (consultants to GE, Allied Signal and other corporations). While the book and concept have been around several years, the steps it recommends for services firms are fresh [...continue reading]