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Cliff Lee

Seek first to understand.

On Friday, Debbie Goldstein explained the art of handling a difficult conversation. The techniques she mentioned are designed to help overcome the agreement gap between two people. The techniques can be applied in difficult conversations with just about anyone including a roommate, co-worker, or family member. The next day, I learned Ray Allen decided to…

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Getting Connected to Investors

A little advice on getting connected to investors, with Frank Lo, founder of Mountain Vertical. Several years ago, I founded my first startup, a retail company that I had ambitions of turning into a viable regional chain with potentially dozens of stores across the northeastern US. We raised capital and were firing on all cylinders…

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When The Fish Are Not Biting

I was reading an article written by Ron Brooks about saltwater fishing.  “I know times when the fish were visible, lots of them, and they would not so much as nibble at even a live bait presented to them. What reason is there for a fish not to bite?,” he wrote. Weird but after reading…

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Strong, Effective Communication is the Key

There are many ways to communicate. You can do so by talking to the person face-to-face or if you choose to do so, you can talk to the person via phone, email or Internet. Not like how it was in the old days when people have very few methods of communicating. Can you imagine yourself…

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Finding The Right Motivation

We just rented an office for $400 or $500 a month — some really tiny little office in Palo Alto. [It] was cheaper than an apartment. And then [we] bought futons that converted into a couch, which was sort of like a meeting area during the day. We would sleep there at night and shower…

California versus Mass

There has been much debate among entrepreneurs as to whether it is better to start a company in California or Massachusetts. One of the main arguments for Cali of course is the unbeatable weather and more relaxed atmosphere. For Mass, one of the biggest pros is the “aggressive” minded entrepreneurs who will be your peers…

Watching CNBC, CNN or FOX News while at work

I’ve always worked better while having CNBC in the background, it makes me feel more professional for some reason. I see all of those traders on the New York Stock Exchange moving millions of dollars worth of equity and it motivates me to work harder so I could one day be the investor they are…

Meeting Fellow Entrepreneurs for the First Time

Today I met a fellow entrepreneur at his “day job”, this was a first for me. A day job and entrepreneurship never really occurred to me as something that could exist simultaneously, amazing. This fellow entrepreneur shared with me that getting a job does not necessarily mean that you have to quit being an entrepreneur, but instead have found…

The One Minute Manager

Just read “The One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson. The book is a must read and has already begun to help me in my business and in my personal life. Everything comes down to thinking about the other person, but not spending too much time managing them. Instead of “watching” them all…

Staying organized and focused

My biggest drawback has always been my inability to stay focused on a boring task, but it is something that we must all do. The way that I’ve grown to deal with it is by using the same thought process everyone goes through right before they go into a pool and are afraid of touching…