Dheavin Witjahya

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Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rob Go is a co-founder and partner at seed-stage VC NextView Ventures and writes on the firm’s blog, the View from Seed.</i><p>During conversations with VCs, entrepreneurs will often encounter a few sneaky questions that have nothing to do with their actual businesses today. Many of these …

10 Rules for a Great Startup Idea

Co-Authored by Jonathan Greechan, Founder Institute<p>Even though it's trendy in startups to say that ideas mean nothing and execution means everything, the reality is much less binary and much more nuanced. For example, even the world's best entrepreneur with incredible execution will fail if their …

Startups

A simple 2-step exercise for figuring out what you're really good at

1. I don't know what my skills are.<p>2. I don't have (m)any.<p>The first answer might be born from the simple fact that you haven't thought about that question often.<p>The second answer, is probably because you're human. We humans have a difficult job seeing our own skills as skills. We don't consider …

Employment

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

Let’s say you’re getting together with other managers and employees to develop your organization’s or unit’s strategy. No matter how much discussion and enthusiasm you bring to the task, you’re likely to emerge with a list that looks like this:<p>Growth<br>• Superior operational outcomes through efficient …

5 Tips to Be a More Impressive Speaker

A Stanford Business School professor offers a treasure trove of tips on how to be a better public speaker.<p>If you're a shaky public speaker, your next big presentation offers so many things to be worried about. There's conceiving of and planning your speech, practicing it, keeping your nerves in …

A subculture of entrepreneurship hatches in Japan

For years, Japan has been searching for a way to get its economic mojo back, and increasingly it's looking to people like 17-year-old high school dropout Yoichiro Mikami as the answer.<p>In a conformist culture where the socially acceptable road to success has typically meant cram school, …

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way …

Teenage Jihad: Inside the World of American Kids Seduced by ISIS

On the day he planned to make his sacred journey, or <i>hijra</i>, to the Islamic State, 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan woke up before dawn at his house in …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Here are all the brands that appear in the third season of "House of Cards."</b> There's a lot of product placement.<p><b>2. Meet the real Don Draper.</b>101-year-old illustrator Mac Conner tells The Telegraph's Hermione Hoby about life as one of the original Mad Men on Madison Avenue<p><b>3. A Starbucks executive</b> …

Google Fiber

The Coming Financial Bubble: Why It May Be The Worst Of All - Part II

In Part I, we discussed the anatomy of an asset bubble, explored the tech bubble, and learned what caused the housing bubble. An asset bubble, as we have seen, is one of the most destructive financial forces on the planet. However, if you understand the stages of a bubble, if you understand what to …

The Coming Financial Bubble: Why It May Be The Worst Of All - Part I

<b>Intro</b><br>Asset bubbles have become a regular occurrence in modern history. From the first recorded bubble to the most recent, these destructive forces always leave a trail of misery in their wake. Is another bubble forming? I believe it is and will fully explain why in the next two articles. In this …

The 5 Greatest Letters Warren Buffett Has Ever Written

It's safe to argue Buffett's entire archive of letters make for great reading.<p>But if you you don't have the time to read all of them, which ones should you definitely read?<p>To get a handle on this, we talked to software developer and Warren Buffett aficionado Steve Ritter, who has read every letter …