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The Hidden Power In Trusting Your Gut Instincts

Fast Company has a piece on The Hidden Power In Trusting Your Gut Instincts in which the author argues that your gut can be trusted: Why is trusting your gut so powerful? Because your gut has been cataloging a whole lot of information for as long as you’ve been alive. “Trusting your gut is trusting the collection of all your subconscious experiences,” says Melody Wilding, a licensed therapist and professor of human … Continue reading

The Ultimate October Blueprint

Our regular readers know that we often cogitate over the roles both skill and luck play in sports and business.  The eve of the baseball postseason feels like a good time to revisit the subject. Especially since we’ve found new data, even in an admittedly a small sample size. In The Ultimate October Blueprint, David Schoenfield studies the past 5 post seasons (“when the strike zone started increasing in size and offense began to … Continue reading

Power Score – Your Formula for Leadership Success

I don’t typically read “business books” on vacation, but I made an exception for “Power Score – Your Formula for Leadership Success”. Power Score is the new book by Geoff Smart and Randy Street, the authors of “Who: The A Method for Hiring” (with an assist this time from their colleague Alan Foster).  “Who” has been required reading in our shop for several years and informs a lot of the … Continue reading

Make soccer more American

In the wake of the most recent scandal news affecting international soccer, Richard Epstein of the Hoover Institution writes that FIFA could address its problems by making soccer more American. (T)he list of particular derelictions, however long it may be, takes the worm’s eye view of the subject. This cascade of errors does not happen by accident. It takes place in large measure because of the faulty governance structure inside of … Continue reading

Sunken treasure and the limits of decision models

What $12.7 million investment in 1988 yielded a vanishing $48 million in 1991, nothing again until this year, and yet may still have fabulous upside?  As ESPN films explains in In Deep Water, a real-world “National Treasure.” When a hurricane sank the SS Central America in 1857, over 400 lives and at least 3 tons of California Gold Rush fortune were lost.  “At least” because the steamer was also rumored to carry in its hull an … Continue reading

End-of-year twitter digest, 2014

Thank you to all our readers for joining the conversation here in 2014.  We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2015, and look forward to seeing many of you at the 24th Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference, January 29 – 30, 2015 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Offered for your reading pleasure, in case you missed any:  a compendium of our twitter highlights from 2014.   … Continue reading

Regulation of complex adaptive systems

Why do regulatory measures implemented in the wake of one crisis inevitably fail to prevent the next one? Kevin D. Williamson writes that regulation of complex adaptive systems (such as financial markets) present a challenge that is seldom appreciated or understood: Every regulatory regime is explicitly or implicitly based on a model of how a particular system functions, but, for any system of meaningful complexity or sophistication, it is virtually … Continue reading

Mt. Everest conquered but not tamed

61 years ago, on May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, arriving just before noon after spending the night high on the mountain. The anniversary brings to mind another May (1996) expedition on Everest which ended in deadly disaster.  The details of what went wrong in that May 43 years after Hillary and Norgay’s triumph … Continue reading

The chemistry must be respected

Inc.com has advice for early-stage companies: the partners with whom you choose to work are more important than the need for control. By now everybody has a big stake in your success and would like to feel consulted on the major decisions you’re making with their money.  It surprises me that this is even controversial but in this day-and-age it sometimes is.  I know there are bad investors who do bad … Continue reading

End-of-year twitter digest, 2013

Thank you to all our readers for joining the conversation here in 2013.  We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014, and look forward to seeing many of you at the Florida Venture Capital Conference, January 28&29 at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Offered for your reading pleasure, in case you missed any:  a compendium of our twitter highlights from 2013. As Exit Runways Grow, So Does Growth Equity. Growth equity … Continue reading

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