Here was a fun article from Forbes on business development for startups (“Biz Dev is a Clever Name for Dirty Work“). My favorite quote:
I get the impression, from a lot of these biz devâ€™ers, that they think of biz dev as fun and sexy. One minute youâ€™re grabbing lunch with Ron Conway and Ashton Kutcher and the next minute youâ€™re closing a deal on the phone while you wait in the lobby at Microsoft to give Steve Ballmer the bad news: â€œNo, we will not accept your acquisition offer of 3 trillion dollars.â€ From there, you head out for cocktails and swirl single-malt Scotch while discussing why Apple is so badass.
Worth a good read for anyone startuping or thinking of startuping.
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