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By Kosta Stavreas | Articles touching the Art and Science of Entrepreneurial Decision Making

Science Has Discovered a Dead Simple Formula for Producing Interesting Content

What makes something interesting is simpler (and more timeless) than you imagine.<p>What made everyone go wild for 'the dress' that looked two different colors last year? Why do so many people love Carpool Karaoke? And why do some stories like this crazy popular gem about those annoying drivers who …

Carpool Karaoke

The stoic knows: 4 rituals that will make you well-liked

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.<p>I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of …

Self-help

List of cognitive biases

Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment, and …

Ears. Use them.

<b>Killer-Sales’ real secret is Extreme listening.</b><p>In my experience bad sales people talk too much and LISTEN too little. If you’re closing deals, and …

Why Product Market Fit Isn't Enough

Brad Feld’s Top 5 Books for Entrepreneurs

Learn from other entrepreneurs’ mistakes, triumphs, and mental battles in preparation for your own.<p><i>At</i> <i>Hardbound</i><i>, we make five-minute illustrated</i> …

A guy who runs an 8-figure business explains how to tell if you should be an employee or an entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur sounds great — except when it isn’t. I speak from experience.<p>While sharing top marketing tips on OkDork, I founded AppSumo and Sumo, which is now an 8-figure business. (Before that, I saw what it’s like to build a business as employee #30 at Facebook and employee #4 at …

Entrepreneurship

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.<p>I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling …

Management

You Don’t Need to Choose a Methodology to Innovate

Which method do you choose? Design Thinking? Agile? Lean Startup? Answer: All? None? Who cares?!<p>I am a big believer in process and method. Without a …

'Collaboration' Creates Mediocrity, Not Excellence, According to Science

Far from being a productivity panacea, a collaborative culture will drive your top performers away.<p>If you listen to management pundits, "collaboration" is all the rage. While the term is a bit fuzzy, what's usually meant by "collaboration" is 1) plenty of ad-hoc meetings and 2) open-plan offices …

Leadership

The Only Thing You Need to Get Good At

A tiny article about Stoicism has had a significant influence on my life since I read it. Maybe for the first time in my adult life, I don’t feel …

Self-improvement

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i> <i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Behavior

Elon Musk Proves AQ Is The Key To Success

en_US<p>article<p>Elon Musk Proves AQ Is The Key To Success<p>http://www.lifehack.org/562034/elon-musk-proves-the-key-success<p>Lifehack<p>2017-03-19T09:10:01-04:00

Elon Musk

The Three Machines

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. While this activity varies by …

Leadership

Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break

Magical thinking drives the startup economy — but we need a strong dose of reality.<p>July 13, 2017 update: For the latest, please read “Zebras: Let’s …

Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

Esther is a well-liked manager of a small team. Kind and respectful, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is a problem solver; she tends to see setbacks as opportunities. She’s always engaged and is a source of calm to her colleagues. Her manager feels lucky to have such an easy direct …

Leadership

The 3 traits of great entrepreneurs

<i>Career & Business</i><p>Posted by: <b>Team Tony</b><p>“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.” — Aristotle<p>Success is always simple in hindsight. How many times have you …

After interviewing over 100 successful people, Tim Ferriss says a passage from a 1922 novel captures the approach every high performer takes

Since starting his podcast in 2014, bestselling author Tim Ferriss has interviewed well over 100 highly successful people, from Navy SEALs to billionaire entrepreneurs.<p>He uses his interviews to pick apart the, as he puts it, "tactics, routines, and habits," that have brought these subjects to the …

Success

Inside the black box: Understanding AI decision-making | ZDNet

Artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly influential in peoples' lives, but their inner workings are often opaque. We examine why, and …

The Only 3 Things That Matter if You Want to Be an Entrepreneur

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Why You Should Never Try to Build a Company Without a Partner

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

The Non-Technical Guide to Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

I have a challenge for you.<p>In a few seconds, I want you to <b>stop reading this article, and follow the instructions below.</b><p>Here you go:<p>I hope my point is …

‘Failure and innovation are inseparable twins’: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos offers 7 leadership principles

You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you. Be stubborn on your vision, but flexible on details. Failure is necessary for invention. …

Jeff Bezos

The power of intention

The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action

There is a common mistake that often happens to smart people — in many cases, without you ever realizing it.<p>The mistake has to do with the difference …

The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Alexander Osterwalder invented the Business Model Canvas, co-founded strategyzer.com and was the lead author of Business Model Generation which sold …

Innovation

5 Ways to Build a $100 Million Business

<i>Hi there, we’re</i> <i>Point Nine Capital</i> <i>a VC firm focused on SaaS and marketplaces. If you want to be kept informed of our new posts you can subscribe to …

The Qualaroo Guide to Product/Market Fit

Before Instagram was Instagram, the billion dollar photo sharing app, it was Burbn, a check-in app crammed full of useless features. Users weren’t …

Product Management

The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen

It’s Zuora’s, and it’s brilliant. Here’s why.<p>A few months ago, my friend Tim took a new sales job at a Series C tech company that had raised over $60 …