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VC Confidential: Live and Let Die
9/20/2007
Summary:

"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" could be the lament of a VC as well as a poker player. Wait a minute: VCs are poker players! How do you know when to shut down a promising enterprise that's not quite making it? Here are some hints from a VC blog.

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From Venture Capitalist to Entrepreneur
Novitsky Donna
10/3/2007
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Donna Novitsky, CEO of Big Tent Design and a former venture capitalist at Mohr Davidow Ventures contrasts her experiences as an executive in a start-up, a venture capitalist and as an entrepreneur. Novitsky addresses the role of risk mitigation in investing in new ventures and the importance of having a singular focus, aligning company goals with funding requirements and team work in an entrepreneurial environment. Her motto, "Go big or don't go!" has driven her endeavors from her first job to her new venture.

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Work-life balance
10/4/2007
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This blog entry by a Chief Happiness Officer tackles an important topic from the European point of view. It's a useful reminder that not all of your employees are as zealous about your vision as you or your senior executives. Some will perform better if you keep that in mind.

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Developing Excellent Passion for Work
10/8/2007
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Passion can make for an energizing work environment that engages everyone there. Successful entrepreneur and noted speaker Michelle Neujahr shares ten ways to boost, and ultimately leverage, the enthusiasm of your employees.

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Lessons from the Electric Roadster
Eberhard Martin
10/10/2007
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Martin Eberhard is the Co-Founder, President of Technology and former CEO of Tesla Motors, a company that produces the Tesla Roadster, a battery-powered electric sports car. Eberhard discusses his inspiring journey of diverse experiences in building Tesla Motors. He describes the lessons he learned: from the realization of doing something meaningful to thinking an idea through and aggressively following all leads. Tesla Motors which started with two employees is now more than 250 employees strong.

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Is That a Stretch?
10/11/2007
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Even if you never intend to look beyond your own business backyard, read this brief, helpful article. Entrepreneurs do find unexpected opportunities beyond the horizon, but few know how to effectively expand geographically.

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Why You Need A Mentor
10/11/2007
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Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in many fields, and for good reason: It works. Parents, friends, and investors usually don't cut it as mentors, however. You need unbiased, direct (even blunt) advice and direction if you want to grow your company. This article provides in-depth information, insight, and examples both for mentees and mentors.

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Building a Culture of Accountability
10/18/2007
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Empowerment, enlightenment, and accountability are more than just buzz words today. They're an integral part of nearly any high-performance, high-growth company. As the entrepreneur you set the example, and you can get some help from the steps recommended in this quick-read, but informative piece.

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You Always Start the Last Company
10/18/2007
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Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."

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Zero to $1 billion
10/18/2007
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Companies that hit $1 billion in annual revenues share seven traits, recent research shows. This lengthy article explores the concept in some depth with examples. If you want more, read the book "Blueprint to a Billion" by David Thomson.

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