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Monetary Policy As a Cause of Global Food Inflation

An idea I presented at the 2013 “Non-Obvious Dinner” April 2nd in Wilmington, DE The history of the next 5 years will be told in prices of corn and onions –World will see major food inflation with significant political and … Continue reading

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Why Democracy Itself Will Come Into Question

Idea**:  In the next five years in the US, democracy itself will come into question. Argument:  Democracy requires four things to support the central concept that every vote be treated equally.  Each of these four premises has individually been questioned, … Continue reading

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Why Successful Entrepreneurs Are So Rare

Success as an entrepreneur requires an extremely rare blend of enormous self-confidence and an abiding willingness to be shown wrong and to self-correct. Continue reading

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American Individualism Will Not Survive a Generation Raised on Social Media

The ideal of American individualism will not survive a generation raised on social media. Individualism has people looking inward to their own sense of right and wrong, their personal aspirations, etc. Social media by their very essence have individuals looking outward, to their peers, for external validation of their actions and views. Continue reading

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How to Answer Google’s Interview Questions

Q: Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.
A: I don’t have an eight-year old nephew. There is no such thing as a database. What is the next question? Continue reading

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Swedish Fish are Made in Canada: And Other Realizations of a Slow Learner

The mother of a dear friend was the most superstitious person I ever knew.  She carried a large number of crazy notions with her right up to her death from a bolt of lightning after inadvertently walking under a ladder … Continue reading

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What Immanuel Kant Taught Me About Venture Investing

By far the greatest challenge for any VC is picking the right company to invest in and backing the right management.  I have tried to improve the likelihood of success here using something I learned from the philosophy of Immanuel … Continue reading

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How to Get a Cab In New York City

Do not be filled with dread like most first-time riders or many life-long riders. I find the following reflection helpful. Your driver is a professional who has had many, many more serious accidents than the one you’re afraid of at any given instant. Continue reading

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Plato and the Timing of the Jobs Speech

The recent controversy about the timing of the president’s job speech brings to mind Plato’s theory of knowledge versus mere opinion. Continue reading

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Why Pay to Play is Bad for Venture

Pay to play in venture term sheets should have the same deservedly bad reputation as it does in government contracting, where it is illegal. In this piece, the author, having seemingly gone quiet this summer, returns with three compelling arguments against pay to play and an appeal to investors to enlighten their self-interest. Continue reading

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