Sean McVay

An Open Letter to Sean McVay – If You Don’t Know Him You’ll Want To

By Robert Steven Kramarz / October 18, 2018

Dear Sean, Congratulations on the 6-0 start. I realize there is a long way to go in the season, not to mention the playoffs. But for long-time Rams fans like me, the transformation you’ve led is remarkable.     Millennials have a reputation for being hard-working, but a bit undisciplined. Your generation is apt to […]

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Sheryl Sandberg Facebook - An Open Letter from Intelliversity

Sheryl Sandberg: It’s Time for YOU to “Lean In”

By Robert Steven Kramarz / October 15, 2018

Dear Sheryl, You’ve done an amazing job steering Facebook as COO.  Now I have a request.     Your partnership with Mark Zuckerberg is clearly working well, even through the ups and downs of managing a very large organization serving more than a billion customers. As I’ve discussed with my readers for several years, the […]

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Elon Musk at SpaceX

An Open Letter to Elon Musk

By Robert Steven Kramarz / October 8, 2018

Elon, Most of us believe you’re serious in your commitment to protecting the human race against climate change and even more disastrous events, both natural and human-made, that could wipe us out. The result of your commitment is there for all to see, in the amazing achievements of SpaceX and Tesla. We also believe that […]

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The Master Funding Equation – Power Recap

By Robert Steven Kramarz / October 1, 2018

The Master Funding Equation – Power Recap You’ll recall from high school algebra that solving an equation generally amounts to balancing both sides. The Master Funding Equation (MFE) is similarly an equation that, when balanced, provides the solution of a maximization of your chances for funding. So, what are we attempting to balance? Expectations. Yours […]

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Master Funding Formula – Do A "Vulcan Mindmeld" with Investors – #1

By Robert Steven Kramarz / September 25, 2018

I hope you found the recent foray into the mind of Elon Musk to be valuable to you in developing your company’s senior team. I can’t emphasize enough how important team composition is to your future growth — not to mention specifically for gaining investor capital. Today, I want to return to our Master Funding […]

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Saving Tesla by Intelliversity

Saving Tesla by Observing SpaceX

By Robert Steven Kramarz / September 17, 2018

Saving Tesla starts with understanding Elon Musk and his style of management. This short video lays out the key takeaways from this article.   In the first in this series, we’ve taken a deep look at the distinct ways that one man, Elon Musk, is running two large companies that are on very different trajectories […]

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2 Faces of Elon Musk part 2

The Two Faces of Elon Musk – SpaceX’s Secret Weapon (Part 2)

By Robert Steven Kramarz / September 6, 2018

Tesla is failing, SpaceX is surging. As I wrote in my last post, it is the best of times and the worst of times for Elon Musk, founder of both companies. In that post, I proposed that a major reason Elon Musk’s two businesses are getting such different results is that Musk has a very […]

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Two Faces of Elon Musk

The Two Faces of Elon Musk

By Robert Steven Kramarz / September 4, 2018

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Surely one of the great opening lines in literary fiction, penned by Charles Dickens in the classic “A Tale of Two Cities.” Perhaps Elon Musk, better than anyone, understands the depth of that sentence because he founded two companies that together embody the […]

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The Fine Line Between Scaling Up . . .or Not (Part 3)

By Robert Steven Kramarz / August 29, 2018

Have you seen the movie Grand Canyon, starring Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin plus a host of great supporting cast members? It is a movie with a clear message: there is a fine line between rich/poor, love/hate, marriage/divorce, success/failure. I thought about the movie as I wrote this final post about scaling up, because […]

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The Master Funding Equation – A Winning Team (Part 6)

By Robert Steven Kramarz / August 20, 2018

The Master Funding Equation – A Winning Team (Part 6) We’ve been looking at the Master Funding Equation (MFE) for some time now. Most recently we spent a lot of time on the five questions investors ask about a winning business strategy, including whether your business will scale or not. Now, we are ready to […]

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