Open Source Funding Documents — AVC

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for doing this. We need to make the transaction costs of getting a financing done…

via Open Source Funding Documents — AVC

An Early 20th Century Lesson on the Difference Between Convenience and Value

The Pullman Problem A couple years ago, I stumbled across a series of articles from 1916, published in a business journal called System. The articles detail how the Pullman Company (famous for their eponymous train cars) arrested their slide away from profitability by systematically overhauling their operations. As I detail in an essay I wrote for Fast Company,…

via An Early 20th Century Lesson on the Difference Between Convenience and Value — Blog – Cal Newport

The Boss You Don’t Want to Be

Here’s the one thing that separates good managers from the bad.Most of us have had two different types of bosses during our careers: The Boss Everyone Wish They Had and The Boss You Don’t Want to Be.Recently, I was reminded of the latter — The Boss You Don’t Want to Be — when talking to two friends the other week.Both of my…

via The Boss You Don’t Want to Be — Signal v. Noise – Medium

Amazon’s New Customer

Back in 2006, when the iPhone was a mere rumor, Palm CEO Ed Colligan was asked if he was worried: “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk…

via Amazon’s New Customer — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Friendly Guide to Climate Change (and what you can do about it

I’ve spent ALOT of time the past few months trying to understand climate change and global warming, and how to effectively contribute. I’ve dug through 1000-page scientific reports, talked to experts, and basically tried to digest as much information as possible. I was surprised by how little I knew before. I’m convinced that, the more…

via Friendly Guide to Climate Change (and what you can do about it) — Crisp’s Blog

Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix

The Matrix Reloaded The product portfolio matrix, also called growth–share and BCG matrix, wants to help you achieve the right blend of young and established products in order to maximise the overall value a portfolio creates. The matrix categorises products as question marks, stars, cash cows, and pets (also known as dogs). The picture below shows the grid with its…

via Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix — Roman Pichler

Interview or Interrogation?

Interviewing for a new job is so nerve-wracking. The adrenaline kicks in, and you are trying so hard to keep it under control. Trying to deliver the polished answers you prepared and rehearsed over and over. Hoping that you don’t slip up, or get tongue-tied. There’s the weight of an entire future sitting on your…

via Interview or Interrogation? — Signal v. Noise – Medium