• Inspiring leaders crack the agency problem

    October 23, 2012

    Of the multiple traits that distinguish inspiring leaders, I submit that the fundamental undercurrent relates to their ability to crack the agency problem. The theory of the agency problem, or more accurately, agency costs, represents the inherent misalignment in the relationship between an agent and a principal.  Agency costs arise when a company’s employees (the […]

  • The power of immediate feedback

    October 16, 2012

    Probably the best recruitment I ever made when I was running my internet real estate startup was of a salesman named Bob.  I stumbled onto Bob by accident and hired him in a daze of desperation after a disastrous experience with a previous salesperson. Bob was coaching high school football when I met him, and […]

  • Pigeons don’t poop in private

    October 9, 2012

    Wow, it has been quite a week ! President François Hollande’s Socialist government unveiled its draft 2013 budget comprising some potentially devastating tax dis-incentives for entrepreneurs and VCs. A revolt ensued, with the birth of the Pigeon Movement, an explosion of emotion on social media sites, worldwide media attention, and the culmination of a dialogue […]

  • HTML5 vs Apps, a holy war or peaceful coexistence?

    October 4, 2012

    Like Yin vs Yang, Cain vs Abel, Coke vs Pepsi, another of the universe’s great dualities manifests itself in the face-off of HTML5 vs Apps. I share with you some domain carknowledge from the wisest man I know on this topic, BoosterMedia founder Laurens Rutten… Not too long ago, the HTML5 developer camp was cheering […]

  • The small-firm-resources / large-firm-agility trap

    October 2, 2012

    These are times of tremendous uncertainty for France’s startup ecosystem. Uncertainty of how the new administration of President Hollande will treat startups. Uncertainty over upcoming revisions in the tax code that will affect entrepreneurs and investors alike. Uncertainty in the French jobs market. Uncertainty hanging over the euro. Uncertainty over how exothermic macroeconomic events, such […]

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