links for 2010-09-02

  • It's nauseating to hear – someone soft-shoe dancing around an issue because they're afraid of hurting someone's feelings. They do so because they might receive negative feedback in a 360 review that they were abrupt or too direct in delivering feedback on that issue. So rather than going the direct route, they water down their message until it's a mealy mouthed blathering stream of meaningless crap (yes, I'm fired up as I'm writing this).
    (tags: leadership)
  • Today’s CEO is not social. So says Forrester Research’s CEO George Colony. Very few of the CEOs at top companies in the U.S. and the rest of the world have any material presence on the popular social media sites. Colony believes they should be social though, and all signs are pointing to a future filed with CEOs who can speak the language of the people — social media. While one can only speculate about the future of CEOs and social media, there’s no question that social media plays a huge part in life and the world as we know it right now.
  • The dot-com IPO market has matured a lot since Netscape gave birth to it 15 years ago. But it has been virtually nonexistent since the spring of 2000 when the Web bubble burst, sending an estimated US$6-trillion worth of shareholder wealth into oblivion. Now the gloom is lifting and the likes of Skype, Hulu and other Web 2.0 giants could spawn a rebirth, giving investors a new chance to get wealthy off the Web. “The risks have shifted today,” says Greg Goldfarb, principal with Summit Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in growth equity investments. “In the 1999 era, the risks were really related to blowup risk.”
  • We've recently published several articles discussing the use of convertible debt in financing seed and early-stage companies. Why? It's all a response to a Twitter update by Paul Graham, founder of the Y Combinator, which consults early-stage and seed companies.
  • Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile) and Columbia Business School (Columbia Full-Time MBA Profile) have joined a growing list of business schools that are adding courses on social media to their MBA curricula, addressing the corporate demand for social-network-savvy employees. The two schools are among at least six that have added courses in the past year that allow students to learn about Internet marketing and social media strategy, according to course syllabi and faculty associated with the classes.

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