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Book: Startup Boards, 2nd Edition Is Available

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The 2nd Edition of my book Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors launched today.

My co-authors, Matt Blumberg, the CEO of Bolster, and Mahendra Ramsinghani, were a joy to work with.

While the 1st Edition was a good book, I wasn’t particularly proud of it because I didn’t feel like it was my best writing. We worked hard on this edition, and I now feel like it’s equivalent in quality to my other books.

Effective boards are critical at this moment in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. While I hope this downturn is short, I think it will be long and painful. In either case, highly functioning boards can help startups navigate this moment, while dysfunctional and weak boards can accelerate the demise of startups.

If you have a board of directors, want to have a well functioning one, are a director, or want to be a director, I encourage you to grab a copy of Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors.

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Summer Is Here

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About a year ago, I decided to take a summer vacation from blogging. I didn’t feel like blogging when summer ended, so I extended my blogging vacation indefinitely. I figured I’d wake up one day and feel like blogging again or not. That summer vacation (from blogging) lasted a year.

Initially, I was working on a new book that I got bored of midway through the summer. I put it on the shelf with several other partially completed books. Google Docs now has a surprising number of my started but unfinished books.

Sometime in the fall, Matt Blumberg approached me about doing a 2nd Edition of Startup Boards. Matt and I were on the board together of Return Path, his previous company, for almost 20 years. So when Mahendra Ramsinghani came out with the 1st Edition of Startup Boards in 2013, Matt gave me plenty of feedback on the book. Then, in fall 2021, he correctly suggested that the book needed a significant refresh.

While I always felt the 1st Edition was an important book, I never loved it. Mahendra and I worked hard on it, but I felt like I forced a lot of my writing at some point. Long-time readers of this blog know I had an extended depressive episode in the first half of 2013, and this book was one of the chores that I felt like I just had to get done in that period. Mahendra was kind and patient with me, but I’m sure (Read more...)

Some Great Non-Fiction Books, Part 2

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I’ve been continuing my reading binge with books from our town library. It has been fun going through some of the best 2020 and 2021 non-fiction books, per the NYT, Amazon, word of mouth, and general searches. Here are some others that I’ve really enjoyed: A Short History of Progress. One of my students recommended

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‘All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days’

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The book reads like fiction, but it’s all true: Mildred Harnack, a U.S. citizen living in Nazi Germany, becomes the head of the largest underground resistance group in Berlin. She eventually becomes a spy and hands intelligence to the U.S. The day before she is to escape to Sweden, she is unfortunately captured and then

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Being Bravey, Remembering Dr. King

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I recently read Olympic champion Alexi Pappas’ book Bravey, and so, courage has been on my mind. run like a bravey, sleep like a baby, dream like a crazy, replace cant with maybe through sunny & shady. — Alexi Pappas (@AlexiPappas) August 31, 2014 I find that it’s easy to talk about courage, but it’s

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Perfecting a More Digital Union: Ro Khanna’s Dignity In A Digital Age

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When you hear a member of Congress talking about the tech industry these days, there’s a good chance it’s in a negative context. Republicans rail against the companies that have enabled everyday citizens to project their voices with a freedom and scope that even presidents could not have matched just a couple decades ago. Democrats rhapsodize about dismantling some of America’s biggest domestic job creators and most successful exporters. And that’s just on Twitter.

They’re also pitching bills like the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on last week, whose intended and unintended consequences include weakening security on iPhoneseliminating Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping, and making it harder for Google Search to steer users to small businesses using Google Maps, to name just a few.

But while some of America’s most powerful lawmakers focus on cutting Big Tech down to size, how many of the major challenges we face, as a country and as part of the greater global community, can we solve without major technological activity and innovation? 

That’s why Ro Khanna’s perspective is valuable in this moment. A member of the House of Representatives (D – CA) since 2016, Khanna is one of just a handful of current Congresspeople who has experience working in the tech industry. In his important new book, Dignity In A Digital Age, he explores how the tech industry can work harder to ensure the benefits it produces are equitably distributed, (Read more...)

The 75 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2021 | Non-Obvious Book Awards Announcement

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It’s finally time! After nearly a year of reading, debating, and curating … we are ready to announce the best non-fiction books of the year that we have selected to include on the 2021 Non-Obvious Book Awards Longlist. Our picks this year span every category of non-fiction, from self-help to investigative journalism to memoirs. For these awards, we considered nearly 500 titles and took time to personally consider every book that was submitted to the awards program, regardless of author, subject matter or publisher. Read more about our judging criteria here >>

All 75 books included on our Longlist (see the full list below) are now eligible to be selected for our Shortlist of 15 titles, and to win one of our five top awards that we offer for books:

  • 2021 Most Important Book Of The Year – A big idea that can make a difference in the world and in your life.
  • 2021 Most Original Book Of The Year – A unique idea that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
  • 2021 Most Entertaining Book Of The Year – A readable and high impact idea + story that you won’t be able to put down.
  • 2021 Most Useful Book Of The Year – A practical idea with real down-to-earth advice on how to use it in your daily life.
  • 2021 Most Shareable Book Of The Year – A viral idea that people will (or should) be talking about in conversation.

Watch the LIVE Shortlist and Winner Announcement show here (Read more...)