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Mike Smerklo on School for Startups Radio

Mike Smerklo on School for Startups Radio

Sep 15
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I wrote the book, Mr. Monkey, largely because I thought it was a topic that was not being addressed around entrepreneurship, and that’s the mental aspect and just how doggone hard the job is. So Mr. Monkey is the caricature that has been my inner dialogue, a voice...

Startups Aren’t Cool Anymore – And That’s Okay

Startups Aren’t Cool Anymore – And That’s Okay

Dec 12
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This week, The Atlantic ran an article by an MBA student who was noticing how startups aren’t ‘cool’ anymore. Between the threat of an economic downturn and looming student-loan payments, the author discusses how coffee-break conversations about business ideas with...

What The Economist Got Wrong About the Decline of Silicon Valley

What The Economist Got Wrong About the Decline of Silicon Valley

Sep 18
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I never thought I would start a blog post with such an audacious claim about the journalistic acumen of The Economist. However, having just finished reading The Economist’s September 1st cover story on Silicon Valley titled: “a victim of its own success,” I felt...

Gut Check For Entrepreneurs: Are You A Glass Eater?

Gut Check For Entrepreneurs: Are You A Glass Eater?

Jul 25
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As a venture capitalist, I often get asked what an ideal investment looks like for my firm. What metrics do we look at to assess a business model? What’s our sweet spot? What makes us write the check? I joke that we have a highly proprietary secret formula, unique to...