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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives

We’ve often written on the subjects of failure and success:  while success is better, failure is a part of business and can be a great teacher, and it’s important to fail the right way.  (See here, here, here, here, here, and here for examples of our thinking.)  The current issue of Forbes includes “The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives” – a recap of Why Smart Executives Fail, a book published 8 years ago by Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven … Continue reading

Tips for pitching a venture capitalist

Precisely two years ago we blogged about a VC Dispatch article on tips for pitching a venture capitalist.  The hook was that it would take not 1 but 7 cocktail napkins – Pitch, People, Pain, Product, Players, Projections, Proposition. In December’s Inc.com Josh Linkner reminds that (in Silicon Valley) “only one in 300 pitches to a venture capitalist gets funded” before offering 11 insider tips.  It’s a good, if somewhat cheeky, list with a … Continue reading

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