New to Silicon Valley? Welcome! No doubt you’ve started checking out all the networking opportunities available for entrepreneurs and startup aficionados…and found that you could spend every night of the week at a meetup, mixer, or conference. Which of course means you’ll have exactly zero time to actually build a business… more
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After more years than I care to admit, it’s time to focus full-time on what I enjoy – connecting startups to customers, partners, and investors to grow their business.
Those of you who’ve worked with me at 500 Startups and the Thiel 20 under 20 Fellowship know how much I enjoy helping others think through and move forward with their path to success. In addition to expanding my role with the startups I’m advising, I’m really looking forward to being even more involved with both of these great organizations.
I’m always up for talking about startups, networking, and careers in technology. So please keep reaching out with those questions, and startup referrals :).
As a wise man once said, “Keep on, keepin’ on”
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Listen. Empathize. Understand.
Rather than upbraid slaveowners, Lincoln sought to comprehend their position through empathy. More than a decade earlier, he had employed a similar approach when he advised temperance advocates to refrain from denouncing drinkers in “thundering tones of anathema and denunciation,” for denunciation would inevitably be met with denunciation, “crimination with crimination, and anathema with anathema.” In a passage directed at abolitionists as well as temperance reformers, he had observed that it was the nature of man, when told that he should be “shunned and despised,” and condemned as the author “of all the vice and misery and crime in the land,” to “retreat within himself, close all the avenues to his head and his heart.”
Though the cause be “naked truth itself, transformed to the heaviest lance, harder than steel,” the sanctimonious reformer could no more pierce the heart of the drinker or the slaveowner than “penetrate the hard shell of a tortoise with a rye straw. Such is man, and so must he be understood by those who would lead him.” In order to “win a man to your cause,” Lincoln explained, you must first reach his heart, “the great high road to his reason.”
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. 167-68. Print.