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The value of being shameless

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When people ask what my biggest strength is, it’s that I’m shameless. I will ask people for help even when I don’t know them. I email Marissa Mayer every year to get her to come speak to Girls Who Code. And she’s probably like, “Who is this woman?” But I don’t care. I think it’s important for her to be involved in the program, and I will keep emailing her.

via Reshma Saujani Says: Shamelessly Ask for Help — The Cut.

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Written by John Gannon

June 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

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Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, on Bezos

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A lot of entrepreneurs, I think, would benefit from studying someone like Jeff Bezos, who’s taken the mindset that everything needs to be written down into a Word document, six pages or less. It needs to be read. He actually has his board sit there quietly at the beginning of the board meetings and read it. He doesn’t know if they’ve read it in advance. Hopefully, there’s enough trust that you can actually get the materials out in advance and they can read it.

via Sunday Conversation #1: Peter Fenton, Benchmark Capital – Haywire.

Written by John Gannon

June 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

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TAM expansion, from @bgurley

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Another potential error that can be made while analyzing TAM is to fail to understand that the features and enhancements…may actual expand the market opportunity for the whole industry…by exploring new price points or enhancing convenience or usability.

via All Markets Are Not Created Equal: 10 Factors To Consider When Evaluating Digital Marketplaces | Above the Crowd | By Bill Gurley.

Written by John Gannon

June 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

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