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Daily Reading from November 25, 2010

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  • Crisis management by firing executives – and why that’s futile — "(Editor’s note: Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is the author of Four Steps to the Epiphany. This story originally appeared on his blog.) For decades startups were managed by pretending the company would follow a predictable path (revenue plan, scale, etc.) ..."
  • Why do we do this? — "On April 1, 2009, I was as nervous as I have ever been in my life. It was just minutes before I was supposed to go on stage for the very first time and present The Lean Startup to a ..."
  • Finally, cross-browser visual control over forms. — Now we have something else to be thankful for. Nathan Smith of Sonspring has created a library that gives designers and developers “some measure of control over form elements, without changing them so drastically as to appear foreign in ...

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