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Entries from May 2009

Conversation with Marie Gassée after her mission in Sierra Leone

May 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Entrepreneurs

“Cisco TelePresence. Bringing people and countries a little closer together. That’s the human network effect.” A company mantra is good when it can be memorized outside the company, and even better when it is also embraced by its employees. This is clearly the case of 22-year old Marie Gassée, who joined Cisco in August 2008 […]

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Artists-entrepreneurs: The Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw Young Artists Concert

May 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Guest Author: Sophie Delphis The May 9th Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw Young Artists Concert, the first of two showcasing eight young composers and their original commissions (unfortunately, I was unable to attend the second concert), was an experience that is seldom afforded to audiences. The atmosphere in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall was familiar and excited […]

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Sramana Mitra, Bootstrapping: Weapon of Mass Reconstruction

May 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs

I just finished reading Sramana Mitra’s Entrepreneur Journeys: Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, the second volume of her Entrepreneur Journeys series. Great title: Yes, small companies and mom-and-pop businesses are the very texture of this country (as they are all over the world), and some of them can be grown to a significant level and address […]

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Deidre Paknad: CEO of PSS Systems, or the art of becoming a great CEO

May 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Note: PSS Systems was acquired by IBM in October: Expressions such as “seasoned entrepreneur” or “industry veteran” are so worn down to the thread that most people forget what they really mean. Deidre [sic] Paknad is definitely both. She is the CEO of PSS Systems (, the company that created the legal information governance […]

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