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Brands improve people’s performance

“When people struggle with a difficult task, using a brand can help them perform better. For example, people who drank water from a Gatorade cup exercised harder and longer.” | learn more

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Crazy new ideas

“There’s one kind of opinion I’d be very afraid to express publicly. If someone I knew to be both a domain expert and a reasonable person proposed an idea that sounded preposterous, I’d be very reluctant to say “That will […]

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The infinite conflict of hiring

“What great Founders do, that others do not, is examine the balance between speed and quality, in order to make confident hiring decisions for their company.” | learn more

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Visionaries & operators

Fred Wilson discusses why some companies lose value after a founder leaves, while others don’t suffer the same fate. “I like to keep things simple and in my simple mind, leadership comes in two flavors, visionary leadership and operational leadership. […]

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Wander in and pester

An insightful perspective on organizational productivity. “In 1992 the economist Peter Sassone published a study of workflow in large US corporate offices. He found that the more senior a person was, the more likely they were to do a bit […]

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World building

“The more complex or valuable is whatever you’re trying to sell, the more important it is for you to build a world around that idea, where other people can walk in, explore, and hang out – without you having to […]

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“I’ll finish it this week” and other lies

“A small group of postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates inadvertently formed a longitudinal study contrasting expected productivity levels with actual productivity levels. Over the last nine months, our group self-reported 559 tasks, dates, and completion times – expected and actual.” | learn […]