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A Prescription for Wine? Really? Yes, in 1920.

Fancy a glass of wine with dinner? In 1920, you’d have to have a doctor’s prescription for that elegant indulgence. In the US, the National Prohibition Act was in force from 1920 to 1933. During a recent visit to Napa Valley, I heard some amazing stories about how winery owners survived Prohibition.  Some entrepreneurial vintners…

5 Reasons Why an Entrepreneur is like a Jazz Musician

Recently I saw Eric Marienthal perform in an informal jazz session with other musicians, and I began to think about the similarities between a jazz musician and an entrepreneur. Jazz is visionary and demands cutting edge performances; a successful session requires leadership, collaboration, and nimble thinking. Musicians must often shift course on a moment’s notice.…