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Don’t Choose The Wrong Business!

Elizabeth and Paris Patt are fine art restorers were looking to change their line of work.  They came to see us about opening a coffee shop in Idyllwild, CA, but didn’t seem committed to the idea.  We suggested they work through the first two sections of Killer Business Plan and it was a real eye opener for them.

In the video above, they talk about their experience.

 

A Perfect Day | Peter Mehit

img_20170121_103120Come with me, if you will, to a place that was as full of love as you can imagine.  Set aside how you felt about the election or who you voted for and let me show you how great our country already is.

Going to protests is not something I do anymore, but my conscience kept nagging at me.  All week long I remembered saying to my daughters when they were young, “If you don’t like something, speak up.”  And here I was, unhappy and silent.

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This Just In: COLLEGE SHAKE DOWN

Shit is more expensive

Courtesy CB Insights

Everybody (except colleges) is complaining about the cost of a university education.  This graph makes it clear how bad it really is.

On the plus side, mobile apps and SaaS are making software affordable, and if you have any money left over after paying  for your education, childcare and healthcare, you can get a great deal on toys.

Millennials: 10 Things Old Farts Won’t Tell You About Entrepreneurship (Sixth in the series)

Rocks

6. Investors and The Rule of Rocks

Shark Tank has done a lot to raise the level of wishful thinking in America.  Many people believe that if you find the right ten slides, or the perfect 30 seconds, you’ll be able to extend your hand and a check will float from the ether and drop into the palm of your hand.

Oh, that this were true.

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Before I go | Stanford Medicine

Verb conjugation became muddled. Which was correct? “I am a neurosurgeon,” “I was a neurosurgeon,” “I had been a neurosurgeon before and will be again”? Graham Greene felt life was lived in the first 20 years and the remainder was just reflection. What tense was I living in?

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In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All | The New Yorker

I want to focus on what Branson, a self-made billionaire, who is more often right than wrong, said about ride-sharing not being a “winner-takes-all” market. What Branson says is generally true for companies that sell analog products, such as packaged goods or soda, or analog services, such as air travel. Coke isn’t going to drive Pepsi out of business, and Toyota isn’t going to eliminate Honda.

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2015: The Year in Tech Tweets | CB Insights

tech-tweets-headerFrom VCs crying “bubble” to Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca crossfire, we did a retrospective on the year by digging up our favorite Tweets.

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Corporate Innovation Theatre | CB Insights

Many corporations strive to stay on top of innovation by creating buzzwordy accelerator programs. The goal is to support and learn from startups.

But here’s the problem: if you’re a giant, slow-moving company not known for being particularly innovative, the startups attracted to your accelerator are going to be second or third tier.

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Please Don’t Shut Down the Internet, Donald Trump | The New Yorker

So shutting down the Internet, or slowing it, is possible. But it’s also a terrible strategy. One of the ideas that has been central to American foreign policy for the past seventy years is that totalitarianism and oppression are best foiled by giving people more information, not less.

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Marriott is removing desks from hotel rooms in a strange bid to please millennials | Yahoo Finance

According to Wetzel, Marriott has misunderstood its target demographic. He claims that it’s been short-changed by designers who have sold it the myth that Millennials are “antisocial losers.” He signs off his blog post with a solemn request to his beloved hotel chain, “Save Our Desks.”

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