Team-Team-Team

Our friend, Zach Shulman is a partner at Cayuga Venture Fund. In this recent blog post, he talks about the importance of the entire team, not just the management group or the superstars. 

You all likely know that most VCs consider the management team to be the top measure of potential success of the venture.  This post is not about that point, at least not directly.

I want to instead focus on the importance of the entire team (not just management) and the importance of making sure that the team can play together.   I am going to use my past weekend’s soccer experience as an analogy.

I organized and played on an Over 40 soccer team this past weekend in a small tournament in Ithaca.   There was no Over 50 bracket or I would have played in that!   So, there were 4 total teams in the Over 40 bracket.  Two teams from Ithaca (one of which was mine) and then one team from Vermont and one from Binghamton.  You are going to have to trust me that no matter how in good shape you might be, playing 4 soccer games in one weekend when you are over 40 means that you can barely walk come Monday.  Advil turns into candy.  

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Getting Enough Sleep

(Editor's Note:  Like many of us, our friend Zach Shulman sometimes doesn't get enough sleep. From personal experience we know the results aren't pretty.)

Kathy Savitt, the CMO of Yahoo, gave a presentation at the Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit NYC on October 11, 2013.  All the presentations from Summit will soon be up via video on the website.

Kathy presented a bunch of her personal rules of the road for startups.  Yahoo clearly still considers itself a startup (the world's largest!).  Her last rule was to get enough sleep.  I can relate to that completely.

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Shortcuts to Success

Are there any shortcuts to success?  Nope.  None that I know of.  However, you can be on the fast-track to results, if you first, embrace some powerful principles or core values. This is the kind of stuff that I often think about.  For I am a firm believer, the right beliefs and values are the greatest influencers of success and achievement.

While what you do is crucial.  That is merely a reflection of who you are.

And perhaps, the best summation of these principles, I found unexpectedly.

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Top Computing Center eNews Articles 2012

What did our readers read in 2012?  We did a review of all the articles published in our monthly Computing Center eNewsletter as well as everything posted on the Business EDGE News site on the web.  Here's a list of the top five articles viewed in both which is a complilation of our web and email management stats.  Thank you for reading!  We're always looking for good story ideas for us to research and good articles to publish.  Send your story ideas and articles to: Lisa@compcenter.com

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How the Internet began

There are many stories or how the Internet began.   And sometimes people take things a bit too seriously. Recently, we received this version which is as good a story as any!  Enjoy!

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?  And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"  And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

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