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How To Stop Yourself From Sending That Angry Email


If you caught the promo reel for the TechStars reality show, you know Mark Suster isn’t afraid of a little crushing honesty now and again. On Both Sides of the Table, he offers some advice to “us sarcastic bastards who have slitting tongues” about how to avoid what he calls “BSAK errors” (i.e. “between seat and keyboard”).

As anyone who’s ever wished Gmail would extend their unsend button time limit knows, the ultimate BSAK error is the flaming email. When fiery flames on the side of your face meets the send button. His suggestion? Go ahead and write it out, just send it to someone else. Read More

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Carol Bartz Has a F$%*ing Awesome Vocabulary

Ousted Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz would be able to find the right word for today. Too bad she's not around to share it with them.

Freshly-ousted Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz gave an exclusive interview to Fortune‘s Patricia Sellers. With great candor, Ms. Bartz recounts both the lawyer-approved cellphone call from chairman Roy Bostock informing her she was axed (“I said, ‘Roy, I think that’s a script. Why don’t you have the balls to tell me yourself?'”) and her motivation behind breaking the news by dashing off an email to all 14,000 of Yahoo’s employees.  Ms. Bartz summarized her feelings on the matter thusly, “These people fucked me over.” Read More