Franklin Bi

Corporate Strategy & Biz Dev @ Big Bank. Previously @FFVC, @Wharton. NYC born & raised. Home bartender. Comic book evangelist. NY Giants devotee.

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 Hi I’m Franklin!

You can find me professionally here.

You can get a feel for who I am here and sometimes here.

You can witness me dropping some random knowledge here and recommending delicious places here.

I’m fascinated by things like business model design

I also like to make tasty drinks for my friends, like this: drink.jpg

For myself, I prefer drinks like this: coffee.jpg

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Exercising your execution muscle

Originally posted on Quora here and featured on Forbes here

 How do I go from being an idea/vision guy to an idea and execution guy?

  1. Take out your list or little black notebook of ideas. You don’t have one? And you’re (supposedly) an ideas/vision guy? Fine, start one.

    Choose the smallest one. Or, if all you have are big ideas (aww look at you, you’re sooo cool..), then take the smallest version of an idea. If your idea can reduce global poverty by 50% in 10 years, fine – shrink that by a factor of 10whatever power. Organizing a food drive. Getting 10 friends to volunteer at a soup kitchen with you. Throwing a fundraising dinner party and getting 3 companies to sponsor it.

  2. Plan it out and give yourself 3 weeks to execute it. Go! Right now, get going, what are you waiting for?

    If you succeed within 3 weeks: Cross it off your list and go back to Step 2.

  3. If you fail by the end of...

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The responsibility of a skeptic

 From Carl Sagan‘s Baloney Detection Kit:

The kit is brought out as a matter of course whenever new ideas are offered for consideration. If the new idea survives examination by the tools in our kit, we grant it warm, although tentative, acceptance. If you’re so inclined, if you don’t want to buy baloney even when it’s reassuring to do so, there are precautions that can be taken; there’s a tried-and-true, consumer-tested method.

  1. Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”

  2. Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.

  3. Arguments from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.

  4. Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be...

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