“Always Do The Right Thing” Nick Hanauer

The following is an excerpt from a thought-provoking talk that Nick Hanauer delivered September 30 upon receiving the Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year Award. The talk is entitled How to Destroy Neoliberalism: Kill ‘Homo Economicus'. Hanauer founded Civic Ventures, co-founded venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners, and...

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Melting Pot Leadership

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” Malcolm Forbes A recent study by McKinsey & Co. found companies with leadership teams in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to deliver above average profitability than those in the bottom quartile. It seems the simple act of creating...

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Swirling Contemplation

“Virgil lay in bed in the dark…in contemplation. He’s never formulated exactly what he thought about contemplation except that it was superficially like meditation. You found a quiet place—a bed would do—and worked with your brain. Instead of trying to empty your brain, as you did with meditation, you...

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Oh No! A Screwup!

“Aaaarrrggggghhhhh!” That was my first word after I received the email delivering my September 25 Benari Blog “The Dots Are Irrelevant.” Those of you who receive the missive through the email distribution list know what I’m talking about. The formatting was completely gone, and a collection of old missives rolled...

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The Dots Are Irrelevant

I’m on the board of an exciting early-stage technology company. We’ve gotten to the point where we have some happy customers using our service daily and a waiting list of others eager to join them as we ramp up.  Very exciting. Today we had a board meeting to do some...

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Welcome Being Challenged

“We are all learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.” Charlie Munger As I watch what’s going on...

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Last in Line

I deeply felt the death of John McCain and was glad to see how many shared my high regard for him as exemplified in the incredible sendoff he received. People across the political spectrum and from all walks of life spoke with deep feeling about all he meant to...

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What Do They Do Now?

There I was, sitting in the auditorium of the Philadelphia Mint during an angel investing program. Hopeful entrepreneurs took the stage one by one and attempted to wow us with their several-minute-long pitches. Would a lucky few  leave with a potential investor to help them in their journey to...

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