Tag Archive: 2cents

  1. Just say “no”!

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    “The truly free man is he who can decline a dinner invitation without giving an excuse.” Jules Renard.

    Frequently, if not always, early stage companies face the very difficult dilemma of being opportunistic or being very focused. I have experienced this dilemma many times and each time it is an extremely tough decision. This occurs in all facets of the business including product development, HR, marketing and especially concerning sales and customer acquisition.

    For all companies, resources are always limited and therefore tough decisions need to be made. Everything has a price and a trade-off associated with it. Unfortunately (or luckily), you can’t do everything and my belief is that companies cannot be all things to all people. Therefore when I analyze and evaluate companies that I am hoping to invest in, the main thing I want to understand (after the people of course!) is; what is your focus? do the entrepreneurs and management understand what the company’s core value is? I understand that start-ups need to be agile, flexible and nimble but they also need to be able to articulate what it is exactly that makes them special. (more…)

  2. The Blessed Few – We can Change it

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    Recently I had the opportunity to attend a political meeting. The objective of the meeting was of significant importance to me and, to be presumptuous, to our country – Reformation of a party that, hopefully, will some day ascend to power and once again bring true social-democratic values to our society.  Yet, a careful scan of the faces of the 40 or-so participants, revealed an extremely homogenous crowd. A good and caring crowd, yet a totally non-differentiated group. All relatively or even highly successful people, extremely caring and motivated, but, essentially without an exception, the kind of persons that the common Israeli either dislikes or even, dare I say, hates. Despite many claims to the contrary, Israel has always been a “class-oriented” society, where those who have been here longer sneer upon the new arrivals and feel that the new comers do not appreciate the hard work that their predecessors in this country have done. For an illustration, go and review the Lul gem produced by Arik Einstein and Uri Zohar approximately 40 years ago.  (more…)

  3. Books for Entrepreneurs

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    I got the same question a few times after posting Results-Centric Product Design: “what books is this taught in?”.

    Well, it isn’t. Not ones I know anyways (reply if you do).

    It did get me thinking what books would I recommend to entrepreneurs. I enjoy reading good “professional” books. There is just a very small number of good ones.
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