Month: September 2012

Startup Founders Announced for Working For Equity Panel at SVCC 2012

For the third year in a row I will moderate a panel of startup founders sharing lesson learned bootstrapping a technology startup at Silicon Valley Code Camp. This “Working for Equity” session will be on Sunday Oct 7 at 9:15am. Here is the announcement Many of us in Silicon Valley seek to found or be …

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Howard Tullman on Distinguishing Mistakes From Failure

Howard Tullman writes the Perspiration Principles blog in Inc. His recent post “Who Said Failure was Fashionable? Frankly, It Sucks” made four great points: Mistakes vs. Failures Somehow, it has become cool to brag about how your last business failed–and what a wonderful learning experience it all was. But that’s a crock. You only fail …

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Kurt Lewin on Insight

I came across a great essay on insight,  “Behavior and development as a function of the total situation (1946)”, written by Kurt Lewin in a collection of his papers published as “Resolving Social Conflict & Field Theory in Social Science.”  Here are some excerpts and commentary:

Mastermind Open House 11am Sat-Sep-22-2012 at GroundFloorSV

When:  11am to 1pm Sat-Sep-20 Where: Ground Floor Silicon Valley, 2030 Duane Avenue, Santa Clara, CA Register: http://www.meetup.com/BayAreaMastermind/events/74068892/ Cost:  No Charge for Open House but a monthly charge will apply if you want to join a regular group We launched two new Mastermind groups about six months ago in response to several requests from entrepreneurs …

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Consider What’s Changed And What You Bring To An Opportunity

Q: I see a lot of opportunities for a startup, but I am not sure how to evaluate them? A: Here is a short checklist we use to help entrepreneurs sort through where they are, this is typically most useful in the “idea / team formation” phase or in preparation for “open for business” and …

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Forming and Leading Teams of Experts at PMI-SV Sep-17

We do a lot of work with experts in a variety of fields including law, medicine, proteomics, genomics, electronic design, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, text analytics, process mining, subsurface modeling of oil and gas deposits, parallel and  heterogeneous computing, thermal engineering, design automation, and knowledge worker collaboration. This has led us to develop approaches …

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Three Great Books on Generating Innovative Business Ideas

These three books contain a wealth of useful suggestions for generating innovative business ideas from observing, questioning, and networking with customers and others: “The Innovator’s DNA” by Christensen, Dyer, and Gregerson outlines a set of five skills that innovator’s use to develop entrepreneurial ideas: questioning, observing, networking, experimenting, and associating. They offer a number of …

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