Blog Posts by Robert Hatta

  • Fluid Intelligence: What Peyton Manning Can Teach Us About Startup Success

    If you’ve ever watched Peyton Manning play, you’ve noticed it. Hurrying his offense to the line, he scans the field. His mind and mouth are racing, processing and relaying bits of information - the down, field position, his offensive personnel, the defensive formation, whether or not a play worked before, the conditions, crowd noise and the price of hotdogs and beer. All in the 40-60 seconds between snaps.  During the play itself, Manning quickly progresses through various passing options before executing – quickly, decisively and (often) flawlessly – amid a tangle of helmets and 250-pound defensive ends trying to kill him.

    Thinking fast.

    This season’s stunning statistics have the football world asking: what makes Manning so special? Most NFL quarterbacks have a strong arm, quick feet and top-level athletic talent. And while Manning’s preparation routine is legendary, he’s not the only one studying game film. It’s obvious that he’s smart, but something else must be happening for him to outperform his

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