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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 “ancestral health” school of thought.  The...

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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. His description of the films “The Social Network”...

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How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Stock Photos 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 strategy consulting, I’ve put together a 3-part series on how to...

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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 undoubtedly taught them skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Making...

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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 draft of the book....

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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 detailed list of resources and players in...

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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 http://www.boingboing.net/2006/07/03/introduction_to_prob.html...

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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 competence. That is why it is possible for enthusiasts to spend tens of thousands...

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