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Bumps

Startups don’t  issue company ID badges, HR paperwork, office keys or any of the other accoutrement of a corporate job.  No desk, no phone: often it’s  just you, your laptop and your personal mobile. But there’s one thing everyone should equip themselves with on day one:  a kevlar helmet and virtual shock absorbers. When things […]

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Bigfoot

As a newbie in the newsroom at CBS, I kept hearing the term “bigfoot”  used as a verb, as in “He was big-footed.” It had nothing to do with the size of someone’s shoe…it was the size of their ego. The Chief White House Correspondent would come in on a weekend to “big-foot” the weekend […]

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The net

Startups are both an art and a craft.  They are utilitarian and beautifully creative. As with homeopathy, there’s no recognizable science there.  It’s more alchemy than algorithm.  The magic that surrounds them is hard to describe to someone who has always worked for big companies.  Their inner beauty is part of their charm. The formula […]

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The magic cafe

I had just moved, and there was a decadent bakery/cafe five minutes away. On foot. Dangerous. An Angeleno for 20 years, I wasn’t used to being able to walk anywhere. For the last ten+ years I had either lived in the hills or in the woods and going anywhere required at least 15 minutes in […]

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