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Advice - I’ve spent years in the tech world, as a designer, sometimes-developer, and mostly as a writer. I devour new content wherever I can get it, but sometimes, no matter how valuable I find all that information, I want to dive...
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Advice - In June of 2010, something really extraordinary happened in the world of Philanthropy. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet began recruiting for what is known as “The Giving Pledge.”As many of you know, the giving pledge is a...
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Management - Truly awesome products speak for themselves. They have some magic quality to them. They feel just right.When you have to tell people that your product is great, there is something off.A great product is not an exercise in...
investors
Advice -  Getting investors on your side starts with a very simple formula, and it has nothing to do with financial projections.There’s no better time to be an entrepreneur than right now. Not only is there a low barrier to entry...
accountability
Advice - Something I have encountered on a daily basis throughout the process of growing both my family business Wine Library, and my agency VaynerMedia, is the concept of employee accountability. And I understand the challenges a boss or...
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Advice -  If you have been in sales for any period of time, you would have heard about “hunters” and “farmers”. But does this distinction really matter anymore? This question came to me recently from my friend who wrote a great post on...
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Funding - Why the SEC is missing the forest for the treesThis morning - PEHUB ran a commentary that the SEC is warning GP's to pay close attention to waterfall calculations, as they're worried that imperfect calculation tables or...
coopetition
Advice -  As a startup advisor, when I suggest cooperating with competitors, most entrepreneurs initially think I'm crazy or suggesting something illegal. But trust me, I’m not talking about anything sinister here, just a concept known in...
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Advice - A person’s knowledge base is entirely dependent on their personal life experiences.  What did they study in school?  What did they learn in their jobs?  Who are they networked with?  What challenges have they had to solve? ...
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Advice - Your attitude determines the atmosphere of your workspace.Every business has its unique culture: the culture defines the core values of the company and creates a set of unofficial guidelines for employees to follow. It...
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Advice - When I was a first-time founder, I aspired to be completely in control. All of my role models were passionate visionaries who appeared to have all the right answers. I thought the role as the founder was to be sure of what to do in...
How YC helped Stilt focus and grow 3x in 3 months
Accelerators - Cofounders Rohit Mittal started Stilt and Priyank Singh to provide financial services to immigrants in the US. Stilt is a recent graduate from Y Combinator’s W16 batch.When Rohit and Priyank moved from India to Columbia...
leadership
Advice - These days, with the many Internet articles and new courses available, most new professionals readily cross the gap from lack of business knowledge to knowing, but many never make it over the knowing-versus-doing gap. Investors I...
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Advice - If you want to know where the great tech companies are headed, don’t wait for the future. Look around you, at all the big hiring moves they’re making right now. When putting together their operating plans, these companies are...
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Advice - Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs...
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Advice - Even without innate leadership qualities, you can still adopt these characteristics of a truly remarkable CEO.While it might sound fancy, being a CEO is not easy. As the leader of your company, you’re expected to satisfy the...