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Your strike force – Creating your team

Hiring is the most important thing we do at Livio. We only hire people that can make a significant contribution and can do at least one thing better than anyone else can in the company. We also create an environment of learning. Even having the first Tuesday of the month set as the official “lab […]

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3 Tips for Mute Button Etiquette on a Conference Call

Do you rock the mute button on conference calls? Here are 3 thoughts: Function: The first thing you should do when dialing into a conference call is hit the mute button. There’s nothing worse than getting on a conference call and hearing the sounds of the freeway behind you. I consider this using the mute […]

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Attention OEMs: When you choose a vendor, first tell the losers “No”, then share why so you can get more innovative products next go around!

This year I have learned two things as an automotive supplier when we lost deals: We rarely get a “No” answer (or any response) when the answer is no. In the rare situation where we do get an email saying “Sorry, you have not been selected”, I have to go digging around with suppliers to […]

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Patents as a product

I recently kicked off a patent project that cost the better part of $50,000. WTF. As a VC backed startup, there is an expectation that anything cool that we come up with needs to be patented to put a check in the box with the diligence process of any financing round. I haven’t heard of […]

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Less is More on LinkedIn

A few months ago I de-linked about 75% of my contacts and I’m not looking back. It’s awesome to say that if you look on my LinkedIn, I know everyone well enough to make a real introduction. Not just some dude I met at a trade show one time, or a person I worked with […]

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