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This is the second post in a three post series about me leaving Google. If you missed it, the first part was Why not to leave Google. This post is about good reasons to leave Google anyway.
I recently did a Q&A interview on the benefits of not only more women in the boardroom, but also the need for far more diverse representation in the boardroom, and indeed in business more generally. To me the benefits of diversity in the boardroom are obvious, be it in a public or private company, or indeed in a non-profit organization, but it seems that isn't yet the case for everyone. With Liftstream's permission, I'm sharing the Q&A here. I'd welcome your comments here and via Twitter @lucymarcus . The conversation is as important as the outcome.
The respected New York-based newspaper has built a site for securely uploading documents to its own internal servers Once upon a time, WikiLeaks was just a place where a would-be whistleblower could submit documents that he or she wanted the world to see. They provided a technologically secure channel and promised anonymity. The site was phenomenally successful in this early iteration and received thousands of important documents about governments around the world. As WikiLeaks grew more popular -- and began its extended series of document dumps and collaborations around files presumably received from Bradley Manning -- journalists began to wonder aloud, "Why didn't we build this thing?" Indeed, in its purest form, WikiLeaks was simply another way of gathering leaks and tips, long a major part of any reporter's job.
Having raised a number of VC rounds personally and observed many more as an investor or friend, I’ve come to think there are a set of dominant best practices that entrepreneurs should follow. 1. Valuation: Come up with what minimum valuation you’d be happy with but never share that number with any investor. If the number is too low, you’ve set a low ceiling. If your number is too high, you scare people off. Just like on eBay, you only get to your desired price by starting lower and getting a competitive process going.
"You would go into these hearings and there would be more PR people representing these big players than there were reporters, sometimes by a factor of two or three," Barstow said. "There were platoons of PR people." An investigative reporter for The New York Times, Barstow has written several big  stories  about the shoving match between the media and public relations in what eventually becomes the national dialogue. As the crowd at the hearing clearly showed, the game has been changing.
Posted: April 28th, 2011 | Author: Dan | Filed under: Startups | 16 Comments (Note: there are great conversations about this article happening at Geekwire and Hacker News ) The question of equity brings out the most fundamental differences, perceptions, and values in an aspiring startup. In fact the equity question, more than any other, may strangle a young company before it can even get started. And that’s a damn good thing. But before we get in to that…
Posted: May 2nd, 2011 | Author: Dan | Filed under: Startups | 20 Comments Hi Mike, I’m one of your customers.
[Translations: Hebrew , Japanese , Spanish ] If you are in school today the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet. Therefore, the life skill you need most is not the mastery of specific technologies, but mastery of the technium as a whole -- how technology in general works. I like to think of this ability to deal with any type of new technology as techno-literacy. To be at ease with the flux of technology in modern-day life you'll need to speak the language of the technium, and to master the the following principles: