Practical Advice: How to Be a Good Board Member
“Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, 'Physician, heal thyself'.” Luke 4:23
This proverb from the New Testament invites those who proffer expertise to prove their convictions by incorporating the same solutions they offer to others in their own practice.
Unintended Consequences: When SAFE and Convertible Notes Go Awry
Andrew Krowne and I recently co-wrote an article in Tech Crunch, Why SAFE Notes Are Not Safe for Entrepreneurs. We’ve received numerous constructive comments, both privately and on social media, from attorneys, VCs, and CEOs who are well aware of the problem (including several who are experiencing it in real time).
This is a fundamental issue that does, indeed, boil down to understanding the post-money valuation of a company. But it is also a topic that many find esoteric and difficult to grasp …
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How to Build a Global Center of Innovation Excellence in Salzburg, Austria
I recently joined the Advisory Board to Gerhard Blechinger, the Rector of the Fachhochschule Salzburg, (the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences) and became a guest lecturer on Entrepreneurship at the University …
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Governance Models That Don’t Scale: The World According to Charles T. Munger and Jean Jacques Rousseau
Can you name five benign dictators who have ruled successfully for any meaningful period of time (non-fiction)? Can you name five successful, long serving CEO’s (excluding Warren Buffett) whose governance histories are free of the “high-beta” associated with outliers such as Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs?
It’s not easy. Why? Because enlightened dictators and their corporate CEO equivalents are very, very rare; maintaining immunity to the intoxicating effects of power challenges basic human nature.
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