Innovation: Long Term Value vs. Short Term Profitability

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“Innovation comes from long-term thinking and iterative execution.” Excellent blog post today by Reid Hoffman, about the future prospects for PayPal, what happens when activist investors get involved in your

Innovation: Netflix Disrupting Hollywood

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There have only been a half-dozen shows, and yet to read the press and hear the comments, you would think Netflix had found the cure for cancer. For years I

Bringing Innovation Back to FinTech in 2014

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The following are my responses to a Q&A piece put together by Max Bowie, editor of Inside Market Data regarding innovation in the market data space.  It originally appeared as

Can’t Do Cultures: The Problem with Innovation in Big Companies

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  Great post today by Ben Horowitz about the problems with innovation in big companies and the differences between a “Can Do” and a “Can’t Do” culture. One of the

Why Simplicity Is So Complex

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Why Simplicity Is So Complex The key to solving complex problems may be to simplify as much as possible and approach them with a beginner’s mind. This is so spot

Startup Sales Compensation: When Commissions No Longer Make Sense

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Struggling with your startup sales compensation plan?  I read a very interesting NY Times article today: For Some, Paying Sales Commissions No Longer Makes Sense This is a great read

Innovation: The Wealthfront Employee Equity Plan

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If you don’t read fred-wilson‘s AVC blog regularly, you should. I try to read it every day — it’s well written, easily digestible, and there is always something interesting I

This Awesome Ad, Set to the Beastie Boys, Is How to Get Girls to Become Engineers

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This Awesome Ad, Set to the Beastie Boys, Is How to Get Girls to Become Engineers This is a stupendously awesome commercial from a toy company called GoldieBlox, which has

Here’s a thought: The meatball as an API

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Here’s a thought: The meatball as an API Every company should think of their own brand as a product that can be integrated within another brand. When one moves beyond

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL: 2013 [SLIDE DECK]

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THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL: 2013 [SLIDE DECK] A presentation by Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget. This is definitely worth a quick flip thru.  I was surprised by the reach of