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Archive for the ‘Wisdom’ Category

Nov 24
Smooth Seas Don’t Make Skillful Sailors
Posted by: Mark Solon

The other day, I received a phone call from Geof Barker. Geof was the founder & CEO of Vigilos, the second company we ever invested in at Highway 12 Ventures, way back in 2002. I hadn’t heard from Geof in some time and it was good to hear his voice. Our investment in Vigilos hadn’t […]

Oct 15
Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down
Posted by: Mark Solon

And you can dream So dream out loud You know that your time is coming ’round So don’t let the bastards grind you down - U2, Acrobat After literally thousands of meetings with entrepreneurs in my career, one of the lessons I’ve learned is giving an entrepreneur a quick “no” is much more beneficial to […]

Jul 14
Posted by: Mark Solon

When I met my wife Pam in the early 90s, I wasn’t necessarily the most enlightened guy on the planet. As a matter of fact, it would be fair to say that I was more concerned with what was happening in my own little world than in the lives of others. I grew up in […]

Jul 06
Leadership Observations
Posted by: George Mulhern

Earlier in the year, my partners and I had the opportunity to spend a few days at West Point, where we heard from some of the Army’s top experts on Leadership. My partner Mark wrote a great piece about it in a previous blog - In-Extremis-Leadership .  It was an incredible experience. There were a […]

Jul 02
Alone Time
Posted by: Mark Solon

It’s very early in the morning the day before the July 4th weekend and I’m heading out on my road bike for some “Alone Time”. I’m going to pedal up to the top of the Boise foothills to Bogus Basin, our local ski hill. It’s a fairly brutal climb: 16 miles of nothing but uphill […]

Jun 10
Good Books For Entrepreneurs?
Posted by: George Mulhern

During the Boise Idavation event a couple of weeks ago, someone asked Brad Feld to recommend a good book for entrepreneurs.  His answer was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig.   Definitely a good read.  I first read it over 35 years ago while in high school, and have read it several […]

May 21
Draft The Best Available Athlete
Posted by: Mark Solon

I grew up in New York and have always loved my NY sports teams.  In the NFL, it was all about the NY Giants for me. Unfortunately, during my most impressionable sports years (the 70’s), the Giants simply sucked and the Dallas Cowboys utterly dominated the NFC. As a matter of fact, I barely remember […]

May 10
The “Lifestyle” Company
Posted by: Phil Reed

There are two broad categories of companies an entrepreneur can choose to start, “lifestyle” and “investor-backed”. Both can be financially and psychologically rewarding, but each has their particular demands. A lifestyle business is one in which an entrepreneur often supplies the starting capital, which may include “borrowing” funds from family or a bank. Often a […]

Apr 30
Social Media and Customer Satisfaction
Posted by: George Mulhern

I went to the TechBoise event last night to say thanks and best wishes to Tac Anderson, our EIR and widely recognized social media expert.  He is leaving Hewlett Packard, Highway 12 Ventures and Boise for an exciting opportunity in Seattle.   He has had a very big impact on  the local entrepreneurial community, but his […]

Apr 28
Respect The Incumbent
Posted by: Mark Solon

“You don’t tug on superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off the old lone ranger and you don’t mess around with Jim.” - Jim Croce “There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.” - General George Custer just prior to the Battle of […]