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Solving Hard Problems With Simple Ideas

To wrap your head around how good we are at solving hard problems with simple solutions, consider how much of a mathematician you need to be to catch a baseball.

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How To Read Financial News

October 27th, 1929.

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Conflicting Skill Sets

F. Scott Fitzgerald said intelligence is “the ability to hold two opposing ideas in your head at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

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Great Products vs. Great Businesses

In January 2004, when Facebook was a days-old dorm room project, Mark Zuckerberg was asked by a friend whether he thought his social network would make money. “Well I don’t know business stuff,” Zuckerberg responded over IM. “I’m content to make something cool.”

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New York’s Venture Ecosystem Just Leveled Up

A consistent question I’ve received since starting Collaborative Fund in 2010 is why I founded the firm in New York instead of San Francisco — where I had lived previously.

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Thankful for What Didn’t Happen

I’m thankful for family, friends, good health, etc.

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We’re All Innocently Out of Touch

Seven billion people on this planet share a flaw: They’re out of touch with almost everyone else.

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Knowing Your Audience

Every business is about solving other people’s problems. If you want to solve your own problem, focus on solving theirs first.

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Never Do That Again

On November 12, 2001, American Airlines flight 587 took off from JFK with 260 people onboard, en route to the Dominican Republic. Seventy-nine seconds after takeoff, the plane’s tail snapped off, sending the Airbus A300 crashing into a residential Queens neighborhood. Everyone onboard, and five people on the ground, died.

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What I Read (And Why)

Paul Volcker once joked that the ATM is the only useful financial invention of the last 50 years. Wrong. The blog is. Twitter isn’t far behind.

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