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“You’ll need lots of fortitude to make your business a success. You need to be strong-willed, bloody persistent, stay true to your vision, have enough capital for several years until you can achieve profitability, a passion in what you are doing, and a large target market for your products and services. Plus a very understanding [...]

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QOTD: How Tom Lost His SwingGroove

“I received some bad news in today’s mail. An attorney representing the owner of the Swing Groover trademark objected to us filing an application for ‘SwingGroove,’ claiming that it was ‘confusingly similar’ to Swing Groover. He demanded that we rescind the application. This objection may have some merit because the Swing Groover device is also [...]

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“There are always a few people more interested in citing their credentials than in getting the work done, and media people looking for the sensational angle, but they stood out in stark contrast to the dedicated and tireless people who rolled up their sleeves coming in and hugged going out. Take it from someone who [...]

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“One of our goals is to make this like the home pregnancy test.” –Ramji Srinivasan, MBA Class of 2008, CEO and cofounder of Counsyl, a Silicon Valley startup. Counsyl has developed a relatively inexpensive test that uses saliva to identify individuals who carry genes for any of 100 rare genetic diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, [...]

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QOTD: The Verdict on Davos

“The mood at the Davos is certainly better than last year, when the world was ending, but it is worse than at the beginning of last week. Alessandro Profumo of Unicredit acutely observed that Davos is likely to accentuate whatever mood you arrived in. So those who arrived nervous about the economic prospects are leaving [...]

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“The first half of 2009 was the nuclear winter [for acquistions]. As we moved into the second half of the year, the world did start to settle and that was one of the driving factors to why Cisco really picked up its activity. “We usually look at about 100 companies for every 10 we get [...]

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“Barack Obama electrified the Democratic convention in 2004 with his speech and his oratory was a significant factor in his winning first the Democratic nomination and then the presidency. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of being too much about words. How ironic, then, that as I look back at Obama’s first year in [...]

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QOTD: The Road to Stanford Has a Fast Lane

“I had never been out of South Dakota. … The memory that comes back is driving out to Stanford with the U-Haul trailer, being in the fast lane in traffic and horns honking, people pointing and screaming at me. I asked myself, ‘What the hell did I get myself into?’ I mean, literally I didn’t [...]

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“People from all over the world can meet and interact virtually on IMVU. It reminds me of a wonderful saying from the Talmud: ‘Who is wise? He who learns from all people.’” – Cary Rosenzweig, MBA ’88, is CEO of IMVU, an online community whose 45 million registered users create avatars and interact through them. [...]

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QOTD: Harder to Shift

“In a good economy, you can make wild transitions, you can make huge functional and industry shifts at the same time, and the market for talent is so tight that you could get multiple offers even if the jobs are completely misaligned with your previous experience. In this economy, it’s still very possible to make [...]

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