Month: October 2012

Evelyn Rodriguez Envisions a Silicon Valley Renaissance of Art & Culture

Among my other pursuits, I envision a Silicon Valley renaissance that brings a love of art, culture, place, and the divine spark alive and innate within our humanness out into the open. To that end, I’m working on some ideas that revive Parisien style salons. Imagine curated one-of-a-kind intimate living art experiences. Seasonal dishes. Cross-fertilization …

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The Best Bad Plan

Often you have to choose from alternatives that all have problems or to triage and identify where you efforts will have the most impact in a bad situation. Reconciling yourself to the “best bad plan” is a key skill for entrepreneurs. I was reminded of this by the following exchange in the movie ARGO: Tony Mendez: …

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GroundFloorSV Leaving 2030 Duane Location Nov-30-2012

Following closely on the heels of Monday’s announcement of Hacker Dojo relocating we received the following notice this afternoon from Ground Floor Silicon Valley Special Announcement We are writing to members of the Ground Floor community to let everyone know that the building at 2030 Duane Avenue has been sold. The last day that Ground Floor …

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Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande on Managing Complexity and Uncertainty

Managing complexity and uncertainty was the focus of Dr Atul Gawande’s commencement address at Williams College on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 (Reprinted in New Yorker as “Failure and Rescue“). The entire talk is worth reading and offers a medical case history as a compelling context for his points. “…the critical skills of the best surgeons …

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Subsidizing Startups Does Not Produce Entrepreneurs

“Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them.” Reynold’s Law In the same way that free range animals are healthier than those that are caged, people learn how to become effective entrepreneurs when the have the freedom to experiment and they are focused on pleasing …

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Two Excerpts from Walter Bagehot’s “Physics and Politics”

From the opening paragraph of the first chapter “The Preliminary Age” of Walter Bagehot‘s “Physics and Politics” One peculiarity of this age is the sudden acquisition of much physical knowledge. There is scarcely a department of science or art which is the same, or at all the same, as it was fifty years ago. A …

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Innovation Often Obsoletes Assumptions, Political Boundaries, and Work Process

In May of this year I was invited to take part in a month long group discussion on CPSquare where my consulting practice was the topic. This is the second question I answered, it was prompted by a sentence  my opening statement. Q: Can you please elaborate on your statement “The incorporation of a new …

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Amar Bhide: Start With Affordable Bets in Markets Too Small to Interest Large Players

Four quotes from Amar Bhide‘s “Origin and Evolution of New Business.” “Entrepreneurs who undertake uncertain initiatives face a wide spread between desirable and undesirable outcomes, but they cannot quantify the odds they face or even fully anticipate the possible results. The uncertainty is irreducible to the degree it cannot be resolved without actually undertaking the …

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