The importance of criticism

Saving someone’s feelings? You might not be doing her any favors in the long run.

Gov. Hickenlooper: Why Colorado is the new Silicon Valley (Q&A)

At the VCIR conference to showcase the mountain region’s startups, Colarado’s governor spoke about his state’s commitment to tech. In a private meeting with the press, he stressed his mission to turn Colorado into the most pro-business state without jeopardizing its natural beauty.

The religion of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship has turned into its own cult, complete with a canonical “Bible,” a roster of prophets, and a defined creed.

No Pussy Riot, no Steve Jobs

Why hasn’t Russia produced more world-changing companies? Perhaps it’s because the country doesn’t encourage experimentation and rebellion — essential qualities for entrepreneurs as well as punk rockers.

Why I love Silicon Valley

I believe we’re on the threshold of far greater growth — growth that will impact more people, in more age groups, and across more industries than ever before.

Ivy Leaguers: Your credentials are worthless here

American companies are obsessed with hiring Harvard grads and Wharton MBAs. This is true of the tech industry, even extending into startups, driving entry-level top school CS bachelor’s degree grad salaries into the six figures in the Bay Area.

Why Canada is beating the U.S. in startup visas

I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a startup visa program. By doing so, they are saying to the world, “Welcome, immigrant entrepreneurs — please come start your business in Canada.”

Tech entrepreneurs will have more options in 2013

As Dell’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, I constantly have an ear to the ground of the entrepreneur community. I predict that the following trends will shape the world of entrepreneurialism in 2013.

The Moneyball strategy is the future for venture capital firms

Investors suffer from a number of cognitive biases. The biggest, most powerful and most dangerous bias in Silicon Valley today is called the “herd mentality” or “bandwagon effect”. A data-driven approach is the best way to break through these biases.