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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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31. Vinod Khosla’s Five-Second Rule

A Sanity Check for Every Presentation

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Venture Capitalist Vinod Khosla, whose communication philosophy, “Message sent is not the same as message received,” you read about in Chapter 19, “Vinod Khosla’s Cardinal Rule,” is a keen observer of all aspects of communication, including presentation graphics. During his 25 years in venture capital, Mr. Khosla has seen as many presentations as—if not more than—a presentation coach. Most of them were on Mondays, the day that Silicon Valley venture firms traditionally allocate to screening pitches from new companies. One by one, the start-ups stand up to be judged and then ...

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