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Entries from August 2009

Reflecting on a poll: A hiring manager asks a woman to show him her Facebook page in an interview. What should she do?

August 30th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Entrepreneurs

“We invest in people…” is a phrase that entrepreneurs hear often from VCs and employees from corporations. What does it mean? Hard to know – or maybe, the actual content of the sentence depends on who is speaking.
OK, LinkedIn isn’t the whole spiel: For most people, you are your “background” and this “background” boils down to [...]

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Social Media: Trust Agents, by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

August 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Written by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust is for everybody, including folks who think that they have already achieved the status of being “trust agents,” and who believe they know all the ropes and tricks of the social media business. I say this from [...]

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Talk to INSEAD Students: Starting a Company: Thrills and Agonies

August 20th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Entrepreneurs

About 40 students of the INSEAD business school from both the Singapore and the Fontainebleau campuses spent the week in Silicon Valley and attended various presentations and lectures, all remarkably coordinated by Dominique Trempont (left on the picture with three students, Mauricio from Colombia, Fawad from Pakistan and Philipp from Germany). I already spoke about INSEAD [...]

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Free, the future of a radical price, by Chris Anderson

August 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

In case you haven’t yet read Free: The Future of a Radical Price, by Chris Anderson, simply do it. I will be short as the book has been extensively discussed even though it came out only one month ago.
“With the cost of distribution relentlessly driving toward zero, Chris Anderson has once again identified the next big [...]

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Chris Shipley: DEMO Executive Producer, co-founder of The GuideWire Group

August 1st, 2009 · 61 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

A few days ago, I had lunch with Chris Shipley. I remember being impressed by her when Stewart Alsop introduced her to me when she became the Executive Producer of DEMO. Very few women were likely to hold such a highly visible position in the high-tech industry in 1996 (and there may not be too [...]

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