links for 2011-08-05

  • Awesome article…. I can type faster than my assistant.  If she is reading this blog, she may dispute this (and we may have to have a show down with the help of an online typing test), but I'm a pretty darn fast typer. But, if my assistant were to sit in on my board meetings for me while I stayed back in the office and typed, I'm not sure my entrepreneurs would be very happy (at least, I hope not!). Thus, despite the fact that I may be a faster typer than she on an absolute basis, it's way more important for my job as a VC that I maximize my time working with entrepreneurs, something I am comparatively better at than she is.
  • On paper, becoming an entrepreneur seems like a fairly reasonable proposition. Raise some money, start a business, make a profit. You expect to hit a few bumps along the way, but the basic premise is that if you have a good idea, work hard and stick it out, you'll make it. In reality, owning your own business is more like episodes of "The Apprentice," "Survivor," and "Fear Factor" all rolled into one. It takes nerves of steel and a willingness to do things that might be less than rational. You may end up sacrificing your money, your free time and maybe even your sanity. If you're wondering if you've got what it takes to be a successful business owner, you don't need an MBA. Instead, ask yourself these five questions:

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