JLM on keeping your employee talent happy
JLM comment on AVC brainstorming innovation in a company
Mark Ronson has a new album coming out which has got me playing Version again…this is “oh My God” with Lily Alan…..love this version of the Kaiser Chief’s song
“I think it’s even simpler. If you need to troll post-panel in order to succeed with your idea or business, you’re already doing something wrong and you’re already clueless about how to navigate through the influence jungle. The same way big publishers don’t read through the slush pile of books that come in without an agent. If you’re not good enough to get an agent, you’re not good enough for the editor to waste her time. It’s a self-disqualifying moment.
They should paint a big red circle around the table, and any stranger who walks into it to pitch uninvited is instantly categorized as not being fundable. Sad but true.”
Reply by JLM
“Wow, it’s easy to see how VCs enjoy such a great reputation for being approachable, friendly, affable and warm folks? Fabulous folks!
The most powerful people in the world are those able to extend kindness not communicate smugness. I wonder if it would be offensive if a chap noted that another chap was a homely looking bald headed guy, with big glasses and Dumbo ears? Would that offend one much? As much as smugly stepping on the toes of some earnest naif by sniffing and observing —- “…you’re already clueless…”?
Take a risk, step outside of your own insecurity and give some chump a chance to get lucky.
Oh, yeah, get over yourself!”
I love this comment by JLM in response to Seth Godin on Fred’s site
The elevator pitch forms everyone’s first impression of your venture. It needn’t be a single sentence, but the delivery ought to be measured in seconds not minutes - like any good TV or radio commercial.
I know it sounds a little crazy, but I’ve come to believe that a clear, compelling elevator pitch is essential to growing a business. And I’ve paid dearly for the evidence.