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Mar 21, 2017 - Does good economics make for good politics in India?

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Many of the most successful tech founders have relied on coaches. A small handful of them have risen to celebrity status for coaching some of the valley's more iconic figures. The most famous was former Intuit CEO Bill Campbell, who passed away last year. Campbell worked with Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Marc Andreessen, among many others. More than one person has compared Jerry Colonna (accidental CEO coach) to Campbell. "Campbell had a testosterone-infused Silicon Valley kind of model," says investor Fred Wilson. "Jerry's model though is more Buddhism and less football." He makes founders cry. More here

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