Raise More by Asking for Less

Raise More by Asking for Less
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“I want to ask you a question… straight out, flat out… and I want you to give me an honest answer. What do you think the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?” “Well, that’s pretty difficult to say.” “Hit me with it! I’ve come a long way to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?” “Not good.” “You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?” “I’d say more like one out of a million.” “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.” - Lloyd and Mary

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The Poem That Most Inspires Me

The Poem That Most Inspires Me
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For college graduation, my parents sent me the following poem by Rudyard Kipling.  I loved it then and have gone back to it often for inspiration.  I think most entrepreneurs will relate to the poem.

If

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated don’t give way

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Someone Like You: An Ode to My BlackBerry

Someone Like You: An Ode to My BlackBerry
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Never mind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember, you said, “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead. Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” –Adele, “Someone Like You”

I broke it off with the “other woman” last week.  After well more than a decade, our love affair couldn’t withstand newer and better models.  Yes, I’m talking about my BlackBerry.

I must admit I miss her at times.  I miss that keyboard that I had grown so accustomed to

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Are You Best in the World at Something?

Are You Best in the World at Something?
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You would be shocked at how few entrepreneurs—even the best ones—have a clear understanding of how to answer this question (or have even thought about it).

Most great startups are best in the world at something, even if that something isn’t big at first.  Think about recent success stories: Instagram, Facebook, Zynga, and so on.  Each one was clearly best in the world at something very specific.

In my hometown of Seattle, multiple startups can claim they are best in the world at something.  If you want to buy a home and plan to utilize the best online

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My First Post

My First Post
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What are you doing? No, no… get off. Get off. See… you gotta make my bunk. See, we’re in Italy. The guy on the top bunk, he’s gotta make the guy on the bottom’s bunk… he’s gotta make his bed, all the time. See, it’s in the regulations. See, if we were in Germany, I’d have to make yours. But we’re in Italy, so you gotta make mine. [shrugs his shoulders] Regulations. –Dewey “Ox” Oxberger to Pvt “Cruiser” in Stripes

Welcome to the first installment of my blog, StarkRavingVC. Why now? I am beyond fashionably late to this game. Even though I love to write, I

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