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October 31, 2005

To Think It Up Or To Look It Up - That is the Question

Over the weekend, I got caught with my pants down — again.  I was engaged in an energetic debate on “some issue” when suddenly the tables turned on me when my bluff was called.  During the discussion, I was caught... [continued]

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October 19, 2005

Let George Washington Spread Your Message | A Clever Analog Promotional Technique

A few Fridays ago, I was perusing the New York Times with coffee-in-hand. (Something I can do occasionally if I manage to get to the Times before my wife completely dismantles it and uses relevant sections for pet clean-up tasks —... [continued]

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October 06, 2005

The Politics of Denial - Fiscal Responsibility vs Un-Checked Power

Denial Isn’t Always Bad As I have mentioned before, denial is not necessarily a bad thing.  Denial is clearly quite useful to keep organisations and groups on track towards long-term goals and not be too distracted by short-term setbacks and... [continued]

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August 02, 2005

Bushology New York Style

Bushology New York Style Granted I am from a Blue State.  Granted I’m from the Bluest Town of that Great Blue State — New York City.  Granted I’ve lived much of my life in the Bluest part of the Bluest... [continued]

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July 04, 2005

From Cafes to Blogs -- French Blogging is Huge -- Does This Surprise Anyone?

I was told several months ago that I was a natural for blogging because — I am a New Yorker, I am a VC, and I am French — therefore I have three orders of magnitude more opinions than most —... [continued]

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June 29, 2005

Good Driving Technique vs Staying the Course

Damn it!  Fred Wilson beat me to the punch today with yet another one of his great VC Cliches of the Week.   Re: Bush Speech last night, Fred astutely related the Bush “Let’s Keep Doing Everything the Same” approach to the... [continued]

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June 26, 2005

What if the US were nolonger the World's Superpower?

What if the US were nolonger the World's Super-power? Over the last few years, I have not been particularly bullish about the future of the US — both politically and economically — relative to the rest of the world.  I’d... [continued]

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June 14, 2005

Target ID and Validation for Orphan Diseases

[ BioTech and Pharma VCs Beware: This article is yet further evidence of the Open-Source Drug Development Trend that is building rapidly and challenging the traditional pharmaceutical industry.  Open-Source Drug Development will ultimately have a similar and equally devastating disintermediating... [continued]

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June 13, 2005

MYTH: Great Management is King

REALITY: Great Strategy is King Most VCs will respond with knee-jerk affirmation to the statement “Great Management is King”.   But what VCs really mean is that Great Management is a necessary but insufficient condition for them to invest.  Clearly, the company must... [continued]

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June 04, 2005

What is "Mythocracy"?

What is this term “Mythocracy” I use so prominently in the subtitle of this blog?  Actually, “Mythocracy” is a term I coined for myself in the early 1970s to describe the role of Propaganda in Technology-Driven Democratic Societies. In college, I... [continued]

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April 15, 2005

MYTH: "Advisory Boards Add Value"

VC's have an interesting rule of thumb: div align="center" "The value of a company is INVERSELY proportional to size of its ADVISORY board" /div Basically, the mere existence of an advisory board is a... [continued]

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