Monthly Archives: September 2016

Op/ed Fridays: 11 Reasons Why School Business Plan Competitions Should Die

on September 30, 2016 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Inc.com

My Inc.com article today, “11 Reasons Why School Business Plan Competitions Should Die” begins 11 Reasons Why School Business Plan Competitions Should Die Who benefits when venture capitalists ‘give’ money away? Who loses? If the customer is valuable, who is the customer when a business plan competition sponsor pays its award? Whom did the contestant focus on–the long-term customer or the venture capitalist sponsor? Schools once didn’t teach entrepreneurship. Then[…] Keep reading →

A long boring video I’m proud of

on September 29, 2016 in Fitness

I met a woman who was coxswain for the Princeton rowing team. When I told her I rowed 5,016 meters in 20 minutes, she said it was a remarkable achievement and said if I showed her a video of my rowing she’d critique my form. So I recorded myself rowing for half an hour. It’s hardly exciting and my time isn’t world class, but I’m happy to show myself off,[…] Keep reading →

Does eating meat make you ignorant?

on September 28, 2016 in Fitness, Nature

Most people who have talked to me for more than thirty minutes over the past year heard me talk about food, especially all the fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as the legumes I cook in the pressure cooker. With many of them, I describe in detail what I eat. Some I even show the pictures, like these, of what I eat Or these, showing the farm where my food[…] Keep reading →

A burpee conversation with a reader

on September 27, 2016 in Fitness

I’ve written about the value of sharing your passions. When you do, people who share them too will find you and enrich your world. A reader wrote me about burpees and we got into a rewarding conversation. I’ll share the start of it, mainly hoping to extend the community and motivate others. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it enriches ones life to find people to share passions with. It’s encouraging, rewarding,[…] Keep reading →

See me on an entrepreneurial leadership panel, October 13 in Manhattan

on September 26, 2016 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Events, Leadership

See me on a panel on entrepreneurial leadership with the Columbia Business School Alumni Club (all are welcome, membership not required), Thursday, October 13, 6pm-8pm at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. Register Here! I look forward to seeing you there. From the event page: Entrepreneurial Leadership: Leadership in Starting a New Business Effective leadership is of vital importance at all stages of[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Vacations and Clickbait Headlines

on September 25, 2016 in Ethicist

First, the New York Times’ clickbait headlines for the Ethicist column. Clickbait means an article promises something sensational but doesn’t deliver. A sensational headline is fine for a sensational story, but the Ethicist column nearly always has sensational headlines while the questions are generally humdrum. More precise than “sensational,” the headlines provoke outrage and make you want to give a piece of your mind to the question the headline suggests[…] Keep reading →

Quora Saturday: How to be like Steve Jobs, leading versus following, unrequited love, burpees, and weight loss

on September 24, 2016 in Quora

Continuing my Saturday series on posting my answers to questions from Quora, here are my next questions answered: What habits can I develop to improve my speaking style and communicate more like Steve Jobs? Are you a leader or a follower? How should I stop loving someone who does not love me? Is burpee the fastest weight loss exercise? Aside from running, what is the best form of Cardio for[…] Keep reading →