Are You Taking Any Prisoners?

There are some situations which are guaranteed to send me into flashbacks of my youth. In this case, flashbacks of my entrepreneurial youth… I was exploring alternative ways to raise some development funding for a new product when a woman investor said to me, “I like your ‘take no prisoners’ attitude.” (Make no mistake about […]

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Leadership for the Rest of Us

I was neither born nor raised to be a leader. Not the architect of a new technology. Not the founder of a startup company. Not a CEO. When I was born (and this was a very long time ago), there were serious defects in my leadership blueprint. I had two X chromosomes at a time […]

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What Makes a Great CFO?

“CFO’s don’t bring in money – we force others to bring in money. We then complain that it is not enough and force them to go back out and get some more. When we get money, we hate to part with it and we arm wrestle with those in the organization who think money grows […]

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Funnels and Filters

“Why does he do that shit?” My caller, an old friend who has learned that I’ll try to answer any question, no matter how complicated, obscure, or expressed with strong emotion, was truly puzzled. When my immediate answer was, “There’s a lot of it going around,” I knew I had heard the same question (albeit, […]

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