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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed

By Zoran Basich – WSJ

It’s not a stretch to say that the story of Bill Draper is the story of venture capital.

The iconic 83-year-old founder of Draper Gaither & Anderson, Sutter Hill Ventures and Draper Richards virtually created the West Coast incarnation of the industry when he and his partners founded DGA in 1959 and set the stage for the massive growth of Silicon Valley over the next five decades. He is also part of a family line of investors – his father preceded him in the business, and his son, Tim, co-founded Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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If you’re an entrepreneur or manager I’m sure you’ve spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out how to motivate your workforce. In the age of grow or die, it’s a daily battle to keep the troops happy and motivated. There are countless books and research documents focused on the topic of workplace motivation but this video has a slightly different slant than most.

I don’t know if this is the right way to motivate people because every company has a different culture, but it’s certainly a fresh new perspective on a timeless topic.

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I’ve always been a fan of Tony Hsieh. He’s a brilliant entrepreneur and seems to be an even better person.

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Is Mark Zuckerberg an extraterrestrial or just a nerdy dick-head?

I just read The Accidental Billionaires and there seemed to be one major theme… Mark Zuckerberg is a dick. Obviously you can’t believe everything you read so I decided to do some follow-up research. It turns out that Mark Zuckerberg really does have a lot of enemies. I also watched some videos of Mark and I can’t tell if he’s a dick or just socially handicapped?

One of the best sites I came across while researching Mark Zuckerberg was Dickipedia. The site is absolutely hilarious and Mark’s Dickipedia page could not be funnier ( One of my favorite excerpts from his page…

“In the grand dick tradition that has been passed on for hundreds of years, Zuckerberg attended both Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University, a combination which boasts a 97.5% total-dick graduation rate towards advanced degrees in “General Entitlement” as well as “Being an Asshole.”

Hahahahaha! I guess if somebody spends the time to create a Dickipedia page for you probably ARE a dick.

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He’s right. Freedom is better than oppression and capitalism is superior to any other system. Milton’s view is not an opinion, it is fact. Market systems are the most efficient and fair means of wealth distribution. As with anything in life, the market system is not perfect, and it never will be, but there is no other solution that is even close.

If you disagree let me know what it looks like and I’ll eat my words.

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Sean’s analysis is both entertaining and interesting. Sean certainly has vision (Napster, Plaxo, Facebook) and I agree with most of his points. However, why does everything come down to who wins and who loses? Last month analysts were drooling over the fact that Apple’s market share eclipsed Microsoft. Now Sean is making a case for why Facebook and Twitter will grow past Google.

Who cares?

Reality is that Facebook will be the dominate social network and Google will be the dominate search engine. Sean is comparing apples and oranges. Saying that Facebook will surpass Google is like saying Polo is going to surpass Nike… it doesn’t make any sense.

The fact is that Google will continue to be Google. I will always need to search for things on the Internet. Facebook will always be Facebook. I like staying in touch with friends and family and sharing information with them. I take a dump everyday. I also brush my teeth everyday. I don’t do them together. Sure, they both happen in the bathroom, but they’re two different things.

In the future Facebook, Google and Twitter will ALL be successful, and they will all coexist happily ever after.

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I was first introduced to computers when I was 7 years-old. Our school bought four Apple Macintosh II’s. Our school’s resident computer expert, the librarian, taught each class how to use the computer. I wasn’t really impressed with the computers until she introduced us to HyperCard, then my life changed.

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