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Made up start up: The Financial Game

Edit: this was drafted in late 2019. I loved the movie The Game. The premise was that for his birthday, Michael Douglas’s character was ‘attacked’ in a real life adventure. It was part thrill, part horror. I can’t even remember how much of it was real. ‘What is real’ is a common premise in my […]

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3 ways to choose a college

This post first appeared on the POV40IQ newsletter. We’ve written a lot about education: the XMBA, film school, and culinary un-school in France. There’s also the JTBD approach to choosing college. There’s so much written about school selection because there’s no great single metric. There are numbers like tuition, magazine rankings, and graduation rates and […]

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Escaping College and Commodity Competition

When one product is similar to another there is competition. Businesses which compete on price lead to low-cost-high-volume winners. Thankfully, being dissimilar isn’t difficult. Many brands (Advil, Coca-Cola, Harvard) differentiate commodities by framing the context. Differentiation avoids the market mechanism. But that doesn’t mean things will be easy. Being the low-cost provider or being different […]