Category Archives: History

Startups or Big Co?

Born between May 20 and June 20 – the astrological sign of Gemini, defined by the duality of the twins Castor and Pollux, lurks around every corner. While at UVA for undergraduate studies – this was captured in two different … Continue reading

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Trust: “We’re not following rules, but expect you to.”

There are many great political and social points in Catton’s histories of the American Civil War.  In his 1961 book The Coming Fury, he discusses how Southern plantation authors were going to Union generals and asking to have their slaves returned. … Continue reading

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Scaling in Europe: An easy (8 year) plan

Disclaimer:  We sell industrial equipment, not software.  Also, we were spun out of a Czech university, so it wasn’t a ‘start-from-nothing’ type startup. We scaled a startup out of Europe, specifically – out of the Czech Republic.  Our market is … Continue reading

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“I hate your plan. (But I won’t suggest alternatives.)”

Names can create power.  Finding an existing accepted name is even more helpful.  I encountered a management challenge that has been hard to name. After circling the problem for a few weeks, I opened up Pirie’s, How to Win Every … Continue reading

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CrossFit is for the Cheap and Lazy (Like Me)

CrossFit entered my life two years ago while working as an advisor with The Startup Factory to a health metrics company that was focused on the space.  If you are working as an adviser, then you should at least understand the … Continue reading

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Seven Red Lines (3): Anderson the Expert’s Failings

Anderson the Expert is in a tough spot, his value as an expert wasn’t well defended, but he doesn’t do very much to help himself out.  Stuck in a meeting with a customer who is uncertain of their goals, a … Continue reading

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Personnel Strategies & Revolutionary War

O’Shaughnessy’s The Men Who Lost America (21 hours) follows the Revolutionary War theme and contains two great personnel stories; the value of concentrating a team and managing a team’s utilization. The book is a series of biographies beginning with King George III … Continue reading

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