Is Peter Thiel Misguiding Young Entrepreneurs?

The venture capitalist wants kids to skip college and companies to stop listing degrees as a job requirement. But will it work? Flickr/thekenyeung Looking to hire someone without a college degree? One Silicon Valley investor thinks you should. Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who has backed some of the Valley’s most successful start-ups, has recently been…

The Power of Business Imagination

When you bend your business to your ego, you forfeit your capacity to believe. You’ve defined your company’s practices as only those things and people that you can influence, control and manipulate. With this corporate policy of assumed perfection, you give away the keys to your ability to imagine your business as wildly successful. Your…

LinkedIn Will Outlive Facebook. Here’s Why

Facebook’s latest $1 billion acquisition smacks of a desperation that LinkedIn consistently manages to avoid. Image: Flickr/Coletivo Mambembe   With all due respect to Facebook, paying $1 billion for Instagram smacks of desperation. It’s as if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is terrified of becoming irrelevant and is willing to spend insane amounts of money in order…

How to Attend a Conference as Yourself

I often feel awkward when I go to a conference. Reluctant to sidle up to a stranger and introduce myself, I roam, like I did at college parties, self-conscious, seltzer water in hand, not fitting in. In the midst of a sea of people chatting away enthusiastically, I am uncomfortable and alone. But when my…

10 Quick Tips to Become a Better Writer

It’s not about being a highly skilled artist; you just just need to become a better technician with words. Here’s how. Dear Jeff, I feel like I spend most of my day writing. I mostly write emails but I also do reports, project justifications, and analysis papers.  Not only am I slow I also am…

When Daily Deals Work: 8 Scenarios

You’ll likely take a revenue hit and strain your operations. So make sure you’re doing a daily deal for the right reason. Dear Jeff, Everything I read seems to say daily deals are a bad deal for the business. I’m a contrarian by nature, so are there any situations where running a daily deal can…