Archive for June, 2010

Good on paper!

June 23rd, 2010

Mark Suster (a former entrepreneur who is now a VC at GRP Partners) writes this post describing the background of his ideal candidate for his VC positon:

computer science undergrad from MIT (or any other great school), 2-years at McKinsey but no more than that (I love the analytical framework that the top strategy consulting firms provide. BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. MBA fine, but not required.

Compare that profile to my background: Computer science at Princeton, 3 years at Oliver Wyman (top strategy consultancy to the financial services), Fulcrum Analytics/ (e.g., start ups), Ph.D. at Stanford. Looks pretty good, at least on paper, right? Right?!? :)

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Inspired teaching

June 17th, 2010

Using YouTube, this one man has become the most watched educator in the world. His story is pretty neat, as is his pedagogical philosophy. Doesn’t hurt that he appears to be incredibly smart and curious. I plan to check out some of the instructional videos, and see if it would be good for my kids!


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PCs are for farmers!

June 2nd, 2010

Steve Jobs has a terrific quote about the true disruptive potential of the iPad:

When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them. And this is going to make some people uneasy.

He wants to undermine PCs, but also Macs! Wow.

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