Team management 101

How to manage your team LIKE A BOSS (even while working remote)

This would be amusing if it weren't true. I've been managing teams for most of my working life. For the ...
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COVID-19 and Taboo Tradeoffs

COVID-19 and Taboo Tradeoffs

Scott Alexander has written a great "where are we now" primer on COVID-19: When all you have is a hammer, ...
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Why is the stock market going up?

What the hell is going on with the stock markets?

The world is tipping into the mother of all recessions. And yet the stock markets are on a tear like ...
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Is the Lean Startup dead?

The Fat Startup Experiment

Is the Lean Startup dead? If there's any ideology that's gone from radical idea to article of faith in less ...
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Nigerian prince email

How dumb are these Nigerian princes! Or are they?

Have you ever received an email from a Nigerian prince, going somewhat as follows? I've received a bunch of these ...
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COVID-19 was predicted. But it was still a Black Swan.

Yes, COVID-19 is a Black Swan. But not for the reason you think.

Many pundits call COVID-19 a Black Swan event. And I have done the same. In countless conversations with clients, suppliers ...
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digital ads don't work

Digital advertising doesn’t work. And marketers don’t care.

Digital advertising is one of the biggest new industries of the Internet era. In 2018, USD 273Bn was spent on ...
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Four things Apple’s slow slide teaches us about business strategy

From a quick dipstick I did last week, I'd guess a good chunk of my readers use a Macbook, and ...
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Startups ain't Star Trek, but I feel Picard's pain.

Fundraising Mistake #7: Describing your startup as “Uber of X”

[A version of this article first appeared in The Quint.] As a seed-stage investor at OperatorVC, I see at least ...
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WARNING: Too much focus can constrain your startup

Successful entrepreneurs, investors and strategy experts all extol the virtues of focus. I have as well, as a strategy consultant, ...
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