Archive for ‘Articles of Interest’

Protecting Your Company from Itself: Why You Need HR

July 24th, 2014 - Comments Off on Protecting Your Company from Itself: Why You Need HR

By Ben Horowitz & Shannon Schiltz One of the ways to damage a fast-growing startup is to not have an HR person. But when is the right time to bring someone on? What qualities should you look for? How can …

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Do You Feel Pressure Or Do You Apply Pressure?

July 14th, 2014 - Comments Off on Do You Feel Pressure Or Do You Apply Pressure?

By Ben Horowitz To whoever think their words affect me is too stupid And if you can do it better than me, then you do it —Kanye West, “Cold” One obvious yet under-appreciated law of business physics is: For any given …

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LinkedIn Founder: How to Fix the Way We Work

July 8th, 2014 - Comments Off on LinkedIn Founder: How to Fix the Way We Work

By Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha & Chris Yeh  In an era of at-will employment, company loyalty is scarce and long-time ties are scarcer. “It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy—especially when layoffs hit—and workers are encouraged to think of …

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8 Rare Gems from Heidi Roizen on Building a Fulfilling Life and Career

July 7th, 2014 - Comments Off on 8 Rare Gems from Heidi Roizen on Building a Fulfilling Life and Career

Heidi Roizen is one of those names in Silicon Valley that everyone learns at some point. That’s what happens when you spend 14 years running your own company, then building developer relationships as a VP for Apple. Today, she’s an investor with DFJ Venture and teaches …

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At Zingerman’s, Pastrami and Partnership to Go

July 5th, 2014 - Comments Off on At Zingerman’s, Pastrami and Partnership to Go

By Jennifer Conlin It was a typical Wednesday morning at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Mich., that offers nine varieties of macaroni and cheese and smokes its own hogs for pulled pork. But on this particular morning, in a …

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A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Reid Hoffman

June 28th, 2014 - Comments Off on A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Reid Hoffman

By Tren Griffin 1. “The top investment is worth the total amount of all the other projects and more. You’re looking for the one high water mark, not the average. People don’t come to you looking for singles.”  Venture capitalists focus …

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Your Greatest Startup Opportunity Might Be Around the Corner

June 24th, 2014 - Comments Off on Your Greatest Startup Opportunity Might Be Around the Corner

By Mike Bergelson Ben Horowitz, a varsity-league entrepreneur who is now an equally successful venture capitalist and author, reports that, “As a startup CEO, I slept like a baby. I woke up every two hours and cried.” Having co-founded and run …

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