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Don’t Throw Away Your Bookshelf

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“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” – Stephen Fry
There was a time when you walked into a house and saw a row of CD’s in a tower or on a shelf. It grabbed your attention. You wandered toward it and began to inspect it. What kind of music do they listen to? I love that …

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Why I Support Coding Bootcamps

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There’s a Ruby on Rails coding bootcamp in Boston called Launch Academy. I know two people who have attended it: Ashley and Peter. Neither of them had much coding background prior to enrolling.
Launch Academy is a 10-week bootcamp. Both Ashley and Peter got great jobs when they finished. At $12,500 it’s not cheap, but it also seems to be an …

Rule 1: The Best Startups Work a Lot Like Cults

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“Why work with a group of people who don’t even like each other? Taking a merely professional view of the workplace, in which free agents check in and out on a transactional basis, is worse than cold: It’s not even rational. Since time is your most valuable asset, it’s odd to spend it working with people who don’t envision any …

When Social Media Gets Real

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A fascinating thing happened to me at an event I attended. Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive, spoke at Brandeis University about his book Switch. The event was sponsored by Comcast Business Class and Inc. Magazine (thanks!) and also featured Brian Halligan of Hubspot.
Naturally, I tweeted about it to make @jeffrsnbgh jealous (we’re both big Heath …

Good Novels Don’t Have to Be Hard Work

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My sister-in-law Jessica majored in English at Yale. Although her current apartment has plenty of books, a sizable portion of her collection is still at her childhood home. When you enter that room you find shelf after shelf of literature and classics. She doesn’t read books, she reads literature.
I recently asked her what one of her favorites was. She replied …

The Dangers of Short-term, Dance-to-the-stock-market Thinking

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One summer during college I interned with a private accounting firm doing IT advisory and audit work. They flew all the interns to Orlando, FL, put us up in the Ritz Carlton, took us to Disney World, and rented out Universal Studios. It was impressive.
After school I took a full-time position at a publically-traded IT consulting company. The company had …

Why I Can’t Stop Thinking About The Innovator’s DNA

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I recently found myself at a party with Hal Gregersen, one of the authors of The Innovator’s DNA (his daughter married one of my best friends). We were chatting and he asked me how I liked working at Accenture, and I shared my automatic response that I like how consulting exposes you to so many different companies and business models.
Later …