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Update on Tesla – is Elon Musk an Asshole?

By Robert Steven Kramarz / December 10, 2018

Set aside your sensibilities for a few minutes and hang in with me for this blog. Chances are, if you read on, you are not one of them. Friend, keep watching the news about personalities at the head of major innovation leaders, as this news will reveal a great deal about how you as a […]

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Open Letter to Paul Allen

An Open Letter to Paul Allen Heirs

By Robert Steven Kramarz / November 5, 2018

To the Heirs and Peers of Mr. Paul Allen: Our world lost a hero when Paul Allen passed on October 15th. Mr. Allen was probably best known for being a co-founder of Microsoft and as both owner and avid fan of his beloved Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks. At the time of his death, […]

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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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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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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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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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Scale your business

How Will You Scale Your Business (Or Not)?

By Robert Steven Kramarz / July 23, 2018

How Will You Scale Your Business (Or Not)? Part 1 We took a brief foray back into the world of the elevator pitch in my last post, in order to celebrate our contest winners as well as to recognize each of you who took the time to craft pitches. So let’s re-set our ongoing context before […]

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What do You Really Sell?

By Robert Steven Kramarz / July 5, 2018

What Do You Really Sell? The Master Funding Equation #5: A Winning Business Strategy (Part II) Last post I introduced the concept of a winning business strategy as a key part of the Master Funding Equation. Part of a winning business strategy is a succinct, clear, believable business model. I left you with five questions […]

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