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A Few Thoughts On Public Speaking

Morgan Housel | Collaborative Fund

Speaking is the least scalable but most effective way to get your point across. Everyone’s busy, so getting and keeping someone’s attention is a superpower. But books gather dust; blog posts can be read later; TVs can be muted. Sitting in a quiet audience in a dark room staring at one person with a microphone focuses attention in a way no other medium can match.

But speaking is hard…

Business Model Innovation

Fred Wilson | AVC

I believe business model innovation is more disruptive than technical innovation…

(The comments section of Fred’s posts is often better than the post. This is the case here.) tw

The Invention of Money

John Lanchester | The New Yorker

The problem with many new forms of money is that people are reluctant to adopt them. Genghis Khan’s grandson didn’t have that difficulty. He took measures to insure the authenticity of his currency, and if you didn’t use it—if you wouldn’t accept it in payment, or preferred to use gold or silver or copper or iron bars or pearls or salt or coins or any of the older forms of payment prevalent in China—he would have you killed. This solved the question of uptake…

The Arc of Collaboration


The arc of collaboration is long and it bends in the direction of functional workflows…

Science The Endless Frontier

A Report to the President by Vannevar Bush, Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, July 1945

(If you want to know how the US became the leader in so many technology breakthroughs, this document by Vannevar Bush is the template.)


Perfection, Failure, and Fish Eggs with Michele Romanow

Kate Cornick | Techvibes

Less than a decade ago, Michele Romanow was catching sturgeon and harvesting caviar off the coast of New Brunswick. Romanow not only learned how to catch, gut and clean fish, she also learned how to be scrappy…

Hiring Isn’t Rocket Science: Why the Most Boring Strategy Is Best

Lazlo Bock | Behavioral Scientist

A lot of ink has been spilled and consultant hours racked up talking about the ins and outs of hiring heuristics. What deeply nuanced psychological traits should we be looking for? What tactics can you use to see them? What’s the one surprising trick that will help you identify the exceptional…

Even if it’s not graduation week for you…

Seth Godin

Consider writing.

Not plastics.

Not Wall Street.

Simply writing.

As we race toward a post-literate world, the surprising shortcut is compelling indeed: Learn to write…

Goldman Sachs loves investing in “unloved” fintech firms

John Detrixhe & Nupur Anand | Quartz

Goldman Sachs, in addition to running one of the world’s storied investment banks, is also an avid investor in…

Skimping on Legal

Jeff Carter | Points and Figures

Startups try to do a lot of things while spending no money.  “Sweat equity” is not a strange thing…

Managing Your Startup Board — A Short Presentation

Mark Shuster | Both Sides of the Table

Often executives are operating their businesses for long periods of time where non-exec board members aren’t familiar with the nuances of the changes in the company and therefore are surprised or unprepared when they come to your board meeting…

Soft skills every developer should have


“What makes a great developer in your opinion?” he asked me. I answered briefly: “A great developer must have technical skills, it’s undeniable. But what really makes you great are your soft skills”

Team See Possibilities With Dan Berlin and Charles R. Scott

Alexandra Moxin | Advance Tech Media


This episode with Dan Berlin and Charles R. Scott from Team See Possibilities is one of the most powerful and inspiring episodes I’ve had the pleasure to record…

Roads or Buildings

Seth Godin

If you want to make a long-term impact, build the roads…

There Are No Get Rich Quick Schemes

Get rich quick schemes are just someone else getting rich off you…

Eric Schmidt: Becoming the CEO of Google... Unlearn Arrogance & Become Your Greatest

James Altucher | Podcast

Eric Schmidt is the former CEO of Google. Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired him to gear…

10+1 Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur Justin Kan

Andrew Chen | a16z | Video

Justin reflects on his journey and shares 10 + 1 lesson he’s learned along the way…

Some Tips on Angel Investing

Jeff Carter | Points and Figures

Saw this stream across Twitter and it seems pretty good. Charlie Munger says investing requires…

PwC MoneyTree™ Canada


The PwC MoneyTree website is home to the PwC/CB Insights quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report…

How the Tech Giants Make Their Billions

Jeff Desjardins | Visual Capitalist

At a glance, it may seem like the world’s biggest technology companies have a lot in common…

Amazon Shareholder Letter 2018

Jeff Bezos | Amazon

Amazon's shareholder letter from 2018, with 1997 below. Some nuggets about the thinking and focus of...

Why “Elegance” not “Information” Creates an Addictive Business Model: Episode 204

Sean D’Souza | Psychotactics | Podcast/Article

Why do some books, courses or workshops end up becoming so addictive?

Is it the teacher, the system, the information, or is it all of the above? In this podcast we look at why your business needs a bit of movement through three precise stages. Those stages are information, results and elegance. Elegance is hard to resist…

Stop Apologizing: A Leadership How-to

Alexandra Moxin | Advance Tech Media

I formally stepped into the role of CEO at Advance Tech Media a few months ago. While this not my first leadership role — being CEO comes with a few challenges no one tells you about as you begin your career journey…

The 4 Things Resilient Teams Do

Bradley Kirkman, Adam C. Stoverink, Sal Mistry, Benson Rosen | Harvard Business Review

…few of us work entirely alone, and how our teams persevere matters just as much as how individually resilient we are…We discovered that resilient teams — different from resilient people — have four things in common…

Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?

Jason Crawford | The Roots of Progress

The bicycle, as we know it today, was not invented until the late 1800s. Yet it was a simple mechanical invention. It would seem to require no brilliant inventive insight, and certainly no scientific background.

Why, then, wasn’t it invented much earlier?

Proof That It’s Never Too Late to Master Something New

James Altucher | Podcast #468

David Epstein, author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

(I consider this book essential reading. Outstanding.)


Innovation Isn’t Linear

Jeff Carter | Points and Figures

We tend to think in a linear way when we start to imagine progress. This leads to this which leads to this. When we look at innovation using…

Thinking Big and Building Trust: Michael Katchen’s Wealthsimple is Breaking the Hype Cycle

Kate Cornick | Techvibes

Michael Katchen is revolutionizing how people invest.

Three years ago, Katchen founded Wealthsimple, a digital investment platform that helps users navigate the often complex finance world by simplifying and automating investing through a custom plan…

How to Harness Productive Passion and Avoid Burnout

Nourish Balance Thrive | Podcast

Brad Stulberg is a writer, performance coach, and speaker, specializing in developing and harnessing productive passion using evidence-based principles of mastery and success.

Does Culture Eat Strategy For Lunch?

Jeff Carter | Points and Figures

Last week, I was at a presentation by Professor James Schrager of Chicago Booth.  He was on a…


Fred Wilson | AVC

In evaluating leaders, at the top of a company, or in the ranks of company leadership, an important…

We analyzed over 10 million Product Hunt posts and learned these 4 things

Joshua Fruhlinger

Getting your app, website, or other tech product featured on the front page of Product Hunt can open many doors…

Seven to Ten Years

Fred Wilson | USV

I have worked in three venture capital firms over the last thirty-three years and am intimately familiar with the performance of the fifteen (ish) venture funds raised and invested by these three firms…

Why It Pays to Play Around

Andreas Wagner

How do creative minds overcome valleys to get to the next higher peak?…

Trusted Brands

Union Square Ventures

…we wanted to share some of our thinking with the group around trusted brands …

“The First Draft of Anything Is Shit”

Ryan Holiday

Young aspiring writers love the story of Jack Kerouac, who supposedly wrote On the Road in…

What I learned as a VC filling in as a startup CEO for 4 months

My firm’s mission statement is to earn superior returns by helping entrepreneurs build great…

Shareholders vs. Stakeholders? No: Customers

Scott Kupor | a16z

As companies generally — and tech companies specifically — play a greater role in social and economic…

Making Uncommon Knowledge Common


When Michael Jordan returned to basketball from retirement—the first time, in his prime…


Sera Wong | Betakit

Ten Canadian women-led or women-founded companies down to Silicon Valley to partake in a…

Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again)

Alex Konrad | Forbes

Emerging from the financial crisis in 2009, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz laid out their campaign…

The IPO Bonanza

Fred Wilson | AVC

After predicting an IPO bonanza in my new year’s day post in 2015, and being largely wrong about it for four…


Cameron Burke | Betakit

It’s no secret that Canada has a scale-up problem. Often, we cite finite resources—talent, money…

Built on Sand | Podcast

Sand is so tiny and ubiquitous that it’s easy to take for granted. But in his book The World in a Grain, author Vince Beiser traces the history of sand, exploring how it fundamentally shaped the world as we know it. “Sand is actually the most important solid substance on Earth,” he argues. “It’s the literal foundation of modern civilization.”

MIB: Bill Janeway Innovative VC

Barry Ritholtz | Masters In Business | Podcast

This week, Bill Janeway returns to MIB to update us his work as a venture capitalist…His work operates at the intersection of technology, finance, economics and public policy. Janeway discusses how much of America’s innovative technologies began with a helping hand from the U.S. government. Transistors, ARPAnet (the predecessor to the internet), semiconductors, cellular technology, microwaves, even stealth technology, got their start as government research projects.

(I consider Janeway’s book required reading.) tw

Risk Tolerance

Fred Wilson |AVC

If you have executives that you need to spend a lot of time comforting and solidifying, that’s not good. Ideally your leadership team is your steadying force and if you are steadying them, then your setup is suboptimal…

MIB: Scott Kupor, Andreessen Horowitz

Barry Ritholtz | The Big Picture | Podcast

This week, we speak with Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he was employee #1 at the firm.

The Mental Trick that Unlocks Improvement

Daniel Coyle

Question: How much better would you be if you practiced a skill every day for one or two years?

Would you be ten times better? Twenty? Fifty?

Here’s the answer…

A Visual History of the Largest Companies by Market Cap (1999-Today)

Jeff Desjardins | Visual Capitalist | Infographic

How the make-up of the world’s largest companies has changed since 1999

Monzo and Starling: meet the British mobile banks showing the US how it’s done

Tom Warren | The Verge

Monzo and Starling are banks you’ve probably never heard of if you’re outside the UK, but they’ve been leading a quiet revolution to challenge traditional banks to do better — and it’s been working…

Open Banking in Canada

Fintech Growth Syndicate

A position paper on fintech policy in Canada focused on open banking, now legislated in Europe…

HOW TO MAKE INNOVATION & CHANGE HAPPEN: Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche on How to Innovate

Jeremy Gutsche | Video

Exploring how to innovate new ideas, how to create a culture of innovation and how to make innovation…

JRE #1309 - Naval Ravikant

Joe Rogan | Joe Rogan Experience

#1309. Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and angel investor, a co-author of Venture Hacks, and a co-maintainer of AngelList. 

The Crazy Philosophy Of Psychotactics (And Why It May Help You In Your Business) – Part 1 – Episode 230

Sean D’Souza | Psychotactics

When we think of business, marketing tactics and strategy comes to mind, doesn't it?

Philosophy does exist but it may be a bit on the back burner…

Latticework of Mental Models: The Rashomon Effect

Safal Niveshak

…The fable is a reminder of how our overconfidence divorces us from other’s viewpoint and makes us unwilling to accept the fact that those who disagree with us are also under the spell of the same bias — looking at the problem from a single dimension…

A peek inside Sequoia Capital’s low-flying, wide-reaching scout program

Connie Loizos | TechCrunch

Ten years ago, Sequoia Capital began quietly encouraging founders of its portfolio companies to consider which of their founder friends they might like to get behind financially…

Vancouver Tech Journal | #65

William Johnson

In this week’s Sunday Briefing: Why Vancouver’s mayor is trying to ban bitcoin ATMs; the focus of RBC’s new AI lab; a company that built…

Board Meeting Slide: What Are We Trying To Get Out of This Section


I was at a board meeting last week that introduced something new into the mix that I thought was brilliant…

I’m a former elite athlete and I call BS on tech’s obsession with working long hours

Jason Shen | Fast Company

Elon Musk once said that “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week” and suggested…

Judgment Is the Decisive Skill


Everything we’ve discussed so far has been setting you up to apply judgment…

The power of asking the right question

Tadas Viskanta | Abnormal Returns

Everybody knows Warren Buffett, the investor. There have been umpteen books written on the subject…

Respecting The Pro-Rata Right

Fred Wilson | AVC

When early stage investors make an equity (angel, seed, Srs A, Srs B) investment, they typically negotiate…