What They Dont Teach You At Stanford Business School

Stuff you can't learn in B-school: LARRY CHIANG

Baseball is like BJ is like Entrepreneurship and VC

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By Larry Chiang

I love baseball because watching pitches is like counting a six deck shoe of cards during Black Jack.

The first three pitches in baseball matter more than your holding two face cards (20) while the dealer shows a 4 card, 5 or 6 card.

“There is a .200 difference in batting avg between 1-2 and 2-1”. Translated: your likelihood of success is 200 basis points higher as a hitter if you can coax a 2-ball – 1 strike count (2-1). Similarly, the 1-2 count is 1 ball, two strikes…the count is detrimental to the hitter and advantageous to the pitcher.

In baseball, like entrepreneurship, the pitcher pitches their pitch to a “hitter”. In entrepreneurship, a hitter is a VC VIP

Entrepreneurship is like baseball because if you fail 66.9% of the time, you’re in the Hall of Effen Fame (as a “0.331” hitter technically you fail 66.9%). The difference between hitting 331 and 269 is not statistically significant to casual on-lookers. To those that count cards, watch baseball, and pattern recognize entrepreneurs, it MATTERS.

It’s the first three pitches that matters. “There is a .200 difference between 1-2 and 2-1”

To those that study “inside entrepreneurship”, the subtle difference .331 and .269 is statistically staggering. 33.1% versus 26.9% can make your VC career using Moneyball*.

It’s the THIRD pitch that matters to LPs. “There is a .200 difference between 1-2 and 2-1” need bibliography?! Google “MoneyBall Larry Chiang”

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Written by Larry Chiang

April 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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