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Lessons from Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital)

  Wolfe is the co-founder of Lux Capital, a venture capital firm which invests in emerging science and technology ventures. The firm manages $1.4 billion in assets across five funds. Before founding Lux, Wolfe worked in investment banking. He grew up in Brooklyn (Wolfe has many interesting stories to tell about his childhood in Coney Island) and graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Economics and Finance. 1.“Edge is a key […]

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Lessons from Cliff Asness

  A full biography on Cliff Asness would be a couple of pages long since he is so accomplished, but here is my shortened version in the event you do not know his background already: Cliff is a Founder, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer at AQR Capital Management. Prior to co-founding AQR, he was a Managing Director and Director of Quantitative Research for the Asset Management Division of Goldman, […]

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Lessons from Sonali de Rycker (Accel)

Sonali de Rycker is a general partner at the venture capital firm Accel. De Rycker focuses on investments in consumer, software and financial services businesses. She was born in Mumbai and is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and Harvard Business School. De Rycker began her professional career as an analyst at Goldman and went on to join Atlas Ventures in 2000. 1. “We advise breaking down the [process of building a […]

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“Bad or Good Board of Directors – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!”

  Trae Vassallo (Defy): “[Be] really good at quickly identifying the big questions — the big issues — never get distracted by the small minutia. [Be] laser focused on what is it going to take to turn the business into a great big opportunity.” Vassallo has described the process of learning to become an effective board member as an apprenticeship. Both as a founder/entrepreneur (Good Technology) and while she worked […]

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Business and Investing Lessons from Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Ventures)

Rebecca Lynn is a Co-founder and a General Partner at Canvas, where she focuses on early-stage venture investments. Lynn was born and raised in Missouri and began her career at Procter and Gamble. In a talk at Stanford she described part of the inspiring journey that took her to where she is today: “In this little town where I grew up, the highest-level math class was very rudimentary trigonometry. There […]

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“Proprietary Product Distribution” is Better than Sliced Bread

  Jim Barksdale once said: “Nothing happens until somebody sells something.” This challenge is made harder by another business truism: if the cost of acquiring customers exceeds the ability of the business to monetize those customers, the business will inevitably fail since it has not created product market fit. Not only does someone need to “sell something” but is must be done in a way that is cost-effective. Some people forget that […]

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Business Lessons from Oprah Winfrey

Writing a blog posts about Oprah Winfrey is intimidating since she is such an influential and inspiring person. Including a short biography to start this post seems almost pointless since I can’t imagine anyone reading this who does not know her story. It is possible that not everyone knows everything about her abilities as a businessperson and investor, but even that seems unlikely. The Oprah Show, O magazine, Oprah Radio, […]

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Business Lessons about Growth from Andrew Chen (Andreessen Horowitz)

Andrew Chen is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he led the Rider Growth teams at Uber. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington. He is a prolific writer and insightful Twitter participant. Speaking of Twitter, some of the quotations below are compiled from tweetstorms and are marked with an asterisk. “Without growth, you have nothing, and the status quo is death.” “Scaling growth […]

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Business Lessons from Jess Lee (Sequoia Capital)

Jess Lee is an investing partner at Sequoia Capital and the former chief executive officer of Polyvore (a fashion web site allowing users to create shareable collages of clothing and interior designs). Before being CEO at Polyvore, Lee was a Product Manager at Google. She started her career at Google by working on the shopping engine Froogle before becoming product manager of Google Maps.  “In the early days of a startup as a founder you […]

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Business, Investing and Life Lessons from Quincy Jones

“The ’30s in Chicago, man. Whew. No joke. My brother and I saw dead bodies every day. Guys hanging off of telephone poles with ice picks in their necks, man. Tommy guns and stogies, stacks of wine and liquor, big piles of money in back rooms.” “A guy attacked me with a knife when I was 7 years old.  I was on the wrong street.” Jones moved to Seattle from […]

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