Thu.Apr 05, 2012

Cloning Successful Startups

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Jeff Leventhal, the CEO of our portfolio company WorkMarket , emailed me yesterday. He said: i would love to see an avc post about copycats like samwer bros. what do u think of this form of entrepreneurs, etc? I looked back over my archives and I guess I've never addressed this topic here at AVC. So here goes. It's a free market out there. People can do what they want. That's even more true globally. If you are successful, you will be cloned. That's life.

Four Ways To Create A Positive Team Culture


Clint Anderson Ph.D., founder and president of J. Clint Anderson Company. Between increased diversity, growing workload, geographic dispersion, and organizational changes, who has time to worry about a corporate culture? Research shows that when people connect well, organizations succeed.

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Feld Thoughts

I was going to write something about a new book I’ve just published but I woke up this morning and that felt trivial so I’m going to save it for next week. Instead, I’m going to talk about my day yesterday. My long time friend (dating back to the mid-1990′s) Andy Sack has testicular cancer. Before I get into things, he’s in the middle of chemo, has a 95%+ cure rate, is open and public about what he’s going through, and has an incredibly positive attitude.

5 Things Remarkable Bosses Never Do

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What you don't do can sometimes make a bigger impact than what you do. I recently described what remarkable bosses do. A number of people emailed and asked, "That's a great list, but flip it around: What things should I not do?" Glad you asked.

Inventors and Entrepreneurs

My grandfather Nick lived what looks in hindsight like a cliched life. Born in "Turkey" in the 19th century, as he told us (we only later learned he grew up in Jerusalem, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire, ie, Turkey

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Ask These 3 Questions?

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Editor's note: This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Microsoft Finland. You can read the other posts over here.

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