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Brush and Pump

Of all things fitness, I think this is one of the true secrets to daily health… and it is the easiest! Every morning, when you brush your teeth, do some type of aerobic activity to get your heart pumping. First,…

Startup: Incubate!

It was a frigid East Coast morning and I was nervous. I had been flown out for the final interview round with a real estate investment bank, and I had a big day ahead of me. This was my last chance….

Startups: Careful with Feedback

It was a Tuesday evening and we were all sitting around Tressider. We had been going over applications for hours and had finally narrowed down our fifty plus candidates to the remaining two: a new software tool for incoming Stanford students…

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Action Plan

1. Inception ° Identify Needs  ° Listen  ° Initial Feedback                                      2. Incubation ° Build your skills  ° Build your network    3. Launch ° Test…

Listen: Shut Your Mouth. Open Your Ears.

“I’ve got another idea,” I told my girlfriend, Milena. “Volkswagen minivans are in high demand in Peru because they’re used as mini-buses. We could buy an old one here in Palo Alto, load it up with used computer parts, and…

Startups – Identify A Pressing Need

The crowd gathered inside the small, rural schoolhouse. It was Cuba. 1950. And poverty and malnutrition were rampant. Already, the situation had become desperate, and childhood mortality rates continued to climb, particularly in rural areas like this one. To make…