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In general, I've always blindly accepted investment banking culture. The rules, the interview process, the face time, the mistreatment of younger employees. It never really bothered me...
That said, I am currently reading a fantastic book called "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives" by Steven Levy. If you read this book, you will find out that Google has a similar elite culture associated with its workforce. Google only hires individuals from top schools with outstanding GPAs. As well, Google is notorious for extremely difficult interview questions. The company brags that it hires the best of the best... does that sound familiar?
Intro to Rob Go & NextView Ventures:
Rob Go is a founding member of NextView Ventures, a Boston based micro VC, who as of February 2012 closed their inaugural seed-stage fund.....of $21 million! Rob brings an array of expertise to NextView and their portfolio companies. He is a Harvard Business School graduate, started his career at Parthenon Group (consulting firm), worked for eBay and Fidelity in product management roles, transitioned into venture capital with Spark Capital, and now is well on his way with NextView Ventures. With the hectic life of a VC: traveling, meetings, startup pitches, etc. Rob was kind enough to answer a few questions about his experiences as a VC. So lets get started:
Earlier this week, Instagram introduced changes to its terms of service about sharing user information. including photographs and identity with advertisers, with the only way of opting out of it being deleting the account. This predictably brought strong protests from users and in the blink of an eye the company sent out a notification that it is rolling back its controversial policies.
As 2012 has flown by and we eagerly await the "apocalypse", I've decided to spend some time evaluating this past year and also reading books that provide fresh perspectives. In November, I wrote in my post 7 Steps to Enduring Any Setback about some rather unique principles I learned from a book entitled "Thick Face Black Heart" by Chin Ning Chu.
With a title like that combined with Sun Tzu's Art of War strategies, I was sure I could trust it to shed some light on surviving and thriving in a ruthless world.
I've now learned more strategies and saw how useful they could be for anyone wanting to approach 2013 in a smarter and more efficient way.
mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from December 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.
When Tim Schultz interviewed me for the Playboy article, he asked me at one point what I thought was the one thing regulators needed to make them more effective. I think he was expecting me to say something like FISA-style wiretapping authority or larger enforcement budgets or something along those lines, so you can imagine his shock at my eventual answer.
I meant it then and I mean it now. The clearest thinking and most insightful regulatory strategies are coming from women these days, and have for some time. Elizabeth Warren, Sheila Bair, and Brooksley Born could probably fix the whole mess given enough time, and the crisis never would have happened if we'd listened to Born back in the late 90's.