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Startup lessons from a crime boss

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 09, 2012

An entrepreneur shares the business lessons imparted to him by a organized crime boss.

Interesting things happen when we cut out the middleman. In addition to reducing cost, we often end up creating an internal byproduct that can be productized and sold to a completely new customer. (Amazon Web Services is an example of this.) Sometimes the middleman’s market is so huge, that a freaking enormous business can be built simply by providing their customers a lower cost and more efficient option.

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