Seeking CEO+team for VC-backed startup: Identify and move the hidden levers of power

Looking 4 entrepreneurial CEO/product mgr/biz-dev killer 4 a network-based service.. pre-launch, BIG equity, big peeps involved–ANY TIPS?? Many of us support certain political candidates, nonprofits, or other non-governmental organizations. They all struggle to get elected or to change policy in their preferred direction. Do you want to identify and move the hidden levers of power,...

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Seeking a search engine for foreign language movies

I’m looking for a search engine for foreign language movies available via streaming. We tightly limit our kids’ viewing of videos/TV/movies, except for any content in the foreign languages they speak (Hebrew and Russian; they unfortunately are not getting the benefit of my intermediate French).  Our challenge is that it’s hard to find professional caliber...

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Startup idea: marketplace for business research and students seeking internships / experience

We’re looking to spend money with a startup business: a marketplace for businesses which want consulting research and students who want jobs, internships and experience. Specifically, we want a website where we can advertise the research topics that are important to us (e.g., best practices of operational improvement among VCs), along with the qualifications (e.g.,...

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Disruptive Companies in Asset Management

We recently hosted an idea dinner on “Disruptive Companies in the Asset Management Industry”. The most attractive industries to disrupt are highly profitable ones, and asset management is traditionally a highly profitable industry. IMHO, the most successful disrupters in this area to date have been Vanguard (who popularized index funds) and the ETF industry. We...

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Peter Drucker on the Seven Sources of Systematic Innovation

When Peter Drucker died, his obituaries were so laudatory I thought that I really should become familiar with his work.  So I’ve been reading through some of his major books.  It’s striking how well-written and timeless they are. I just finished his classic “Innovation and Entrepreneurship“.  For my purposes in working with funds to identify...

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Jobs for the autistic/creating a new business

I recently learned about an entrepreneur with a very clever business model: Thorkil Sonne, founder of Danish software testing company Specialisterne.  The 55-person firm’s clients include CSC, Microsoft, and Oracle. Specialisterne claims to be the world’s first company focused on leveraging the unique talents of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Sonne started the company...

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