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April 11, 2017

What’s it like to start a company?

"I remember the bad parts. If you asked me to start a company now I'd go on a corner and cry" thanks 4 keeping it real @bobbyvoicu @RebelBio pic.twitter.com/6rpzFZB3Nj — Emilia Díaz (@EmiliaDiazCL) April 7, 2017 Last week I’ve talked to the entrepreneurs from the 2017 cohort of RebelBio, in Cork, Ireland. I’m hopeful I’ll […]

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April 9, 2017

RebelBio mentoring in Cork, Ireland

For the next 3-4 months I’ll mostly be in Cork, Ireland, where I’m mentoring the teams for RebelBio, a BioTech accelerator that SOSV has created here about 4 years ago. SOSV is, as some of you may know, the investor in MavenHut and our partner there since 2012. I will actually act as an “entrepreneur […]

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April 3, 2017

Book review: Alex Ferguson – My Autobiography

I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United, arguably one of the biggest football clubs in the world, for almost 30 years. His view of management, especially people management, since he worked with multiple generations of footballers, is extremely insightful. I now have a better understanding of how […]

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March 18, 2017

Entrepreneurial Europe vs. Asia and US

Asia’s response to Uber’s global ambitions—unlike Europe’s—was primarily entrepreneurial. from The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World I think this is the difference between Europe and Asia (in this case) and USA: we, Europeans, put much more focus on help from legislation and institutions, […]

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January 3, 2017

Best Startup/Business Books I’ve read in 2016

I’ve read several business books in 2016 and some of them were worth the time spent :)) Here are the two that I would read if I only had time for just two books. 1. The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are no Easy Answers It took me a little […]

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September 16, 2016

Multiplier Skills and Specific Skills

“I will never be able to sell something. I am the artist, I create things, I don’t sell them to the buyers at a fair. Sales people should sell, not me!”. This is what my fiance was telling me the other day, when she came back from a fair where she sold some of the art she […]

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September 2, 2016

Books I Read in the Last 3 Months

This was initially a small list, part of this article. It got longer, so I created a new article, specifically for it. Following are some of the books I’ve read in the last 3-4 months or so. Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan – a “noir like” SciFi detective book What I Talk About When I […]

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August 31, 2016

Experimenting

I’ve always read a lot since I was about 5 and I learned how to read. The thing is, building MavenHut took a lot of time and I’ve stopped reading as much as I used to. So I decided recently to read more. Reading books gives me a lot of ideas. And the worst thing […]

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August 11, 2016

English as an efficiency tool

I’m writing a longer article right now for the blog and I kept asking myself why I write in English and not in Romanian, my native language. It would be a lot easier to express ideas, after all, right? Well, it might be easier, but I think that English forces me to be more efficient […]

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August 9, 2016

Missing curiosity

I’ve been a curious kid. As most children are, I’m sure. The thing is I managed to continue being curious throughout adulthood. And I don’t mean being curious about my job or my personal hobbies and interests. I was always genuinely curious about what other people considered interesting, how they overcame difficulties, how they built […]

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May 18, 2016

Games to Play

Just a list of games I want to play when I’ll have the time, so I don’t forget about them: 2017 Tacoma Torment: Tides of Numenera 2016 Life is Strange Her Story (played) Adr1ft Heavy Rain Remastered No Man’s Sky (i don’t think I’ll play it, after all) Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter: review Stardew […]

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