Linkfest: Business and entrepreneurship

4 September 2005

I am experimenting with Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) as my RSS reader. Before, I used Bloglines. The change gave me an excuse to go back to my Bloglines clippings folder and look at some old posts I had saved. It is good to look back sometimes, so here are some of the better posts on business and entrepreneurship that caught my attention.

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Howard is leaving venture capital

3 July 2005

Howard Anderson writes in Technology Review why he is leaving the venture capital industry. He gives several reasons.

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Excel Tip: Array boolean operator

2 July 2005

The life of a consultant pretty much evolves around three Microsoft applications: Power Point, Word, and Excel. Other than e-mail and the web browser, it is rare that I start any other program on my laptop. The result is that you tend to become reasonably familiar with these programs, and it is not often that I learn anything new about them.

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How to win the game of chicken

8 June 2005

Want to improve your chances of winning a game of chicken? Throw away your steering wheel!

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The end of the deal flow

26 May 2005

Bill Burnham writes about the changing business landscape for venture capital firms and what that means for their ways of doing business.

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Entrepreneurial Signaling: The Art of Collecting Peacock Feathers

19 May 2005

Kevin Laws suggests that, as a startup company looking for funding, you should be collecting peacock feathers:

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Gartner on CRM

29 April 2005

Gartner was to industry analysts what Microsoft is to desktop computing and WalMart to retail shopping: the giant you couldn’t afford to ignore. Especially during the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) boom they we riding high on their reputation as the definitive source of analysis, the gold standard as it were. The boom ended perhaps four years ago, so it is heartening to know that Gartner is still leading the best practice in this area. Leading by example and showing how not to do it.

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Organizational success for outsourcing

25 April 2005

We are facinated by interfaces and boundaries. The tension and frictions that are present at boundaries can lead to phenomenal creativity and insights. Or to equally destructive actions.

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Disruptive innovation as a core business process

22 April 2005

Companies need to innovate relentlessly to even stand still in an increasingly global and competitive economy. No longer is it sufficient to deliver incremental improvements at a leisurely pace. Instead disruptive innovations of the type that fundamentally alters markets and business processes must be sought out and delivered regularly and predictably.

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Innovation in online book sales

21 April 2005

Why did Barnes & Noble lose out to upstart Amazon.com in the battle for our online book purchases? Simply put, the new company out-innovated the established bookseller. By innovating and bringing innovations to market consistently faster than their competitor, Amazon was able to dominate the market.

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