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The Three Machines

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Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. But it might.

Film: American Muslim Storytellers

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Over the weekend, our Monthly Match for the National Immigration Law Center raised over $47,000, For everyone who contributed, thank you!

Alexa, Techstars, and Cooper

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thought I’d give some a try. If you have an Alexa, give these a try. What is the Alexa Accelerator? What is a start-up accelerator?/What

Bias Documentary

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One of the philanthropic activities that Amy and I have been doing is helping fund documentaries around issues that we care about.

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Ode to Keystone

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Dave Jilk, my first business partner and one of my closest friends, wrote the following Ode to our Keystone house. Dave – thanks for the Ode.

#GivingThanks: David Cohen and the Techstars Foundation

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Today’s #GivingThanks is to David Cohen , one of the founders and co-CEO of Techstars. When I looked up, David gave me a little more background.

All That We Share

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In our very divided world right now, this video is worth three minutes of your life on this Super Bowl Sunday. Personal

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Venture Deals – Third Edition

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The third edition of  Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist  is going to print and pre-orders are up on Amazon.

Your Truth vs. The Truth

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I’ve been thinking about what “truth” means lately. It started me down a path where I began separating types of truth.

Understanding Privilege – My Experience in Prison

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It was a top 10 peak life experience for me – easily one of the most profound things I’ve experienced to date. We then got the rules.

Empty Out Your Junk Drawer

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Everyone has a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. One of mine is to the left. So does every company. Both of these are foundational issues.

Formlabs $35 Million Financing

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We just led a $35 million financing at Formlabs. In case you were wondering, lasers are super cool. In the fall of 2012, Formlabs did a $2.95

Got Gluten? Buy Nima

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If you have Celiac disease, the Nima gluten sensor is a must have. If you are sensitive to Gluten, it’s still a must have. The post Got Gluten?

December Depression

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December is a tough time of year for a lot of people. While the holidays are awesome for some, they are really hard for others. Be reflective.

Managing New User Satisfaction On A Daily Basis

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As we get to the end of 2016, I’m in many conversations about 2016 performance and 2017 budgets. While 2016 isn’t over yet, most SaaS companies know how things are going to end up within a few percentage points. Since there are plenty of variables, the conversations are generally quantitative. On day three, another attribute is measured.

Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

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I thought this was outrageously brilliant. Thanks to Andrew Hyde for sending it to me. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder.

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

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This is a line my friend Jerry Colonna uses when something like the AT&T – Time Warner deal occurs. rose $7.31 1/4 to 45.06 1/4 on the NYSE.

Generosity Burnout

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HBR recently did an interview with me around the idea of generosity burnout. It’s part of the challenge that Adam Grant is exploring after the huge success and impact of his book Give and Take. There’s a longer article on HBR by Adam about the general concept of generosity burnout. That’s not the issue.

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Board Seat For Sale

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I had lunch recently with a founder. We were talking about current and future board configuration for his company and he said “Up until this point, all my board seats were simply for sale. Whenever a new investor showed up, they wanted – and got – a board seat.” ” I loved the phrase “board seat for sale.”

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Unicorpse

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The current usage of the word unicorn makes me tired. I could rant about it for a while, but that would make me tired of myself ranting about it.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon

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Early this morning I saw an email from Dave that pointed me at a giant bundle of happiness. Bryan Cranston Will Bring Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams to Series. So – let’s go through all the parts of awesomeness of this. First, Philip K. Dick is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. It’s delicious. Moore. Enough said on that one.

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Monthly Match: National Immigration Law Center #NILCMatch

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Fred Wilson , Joanne Wilson , Amy , and I are doing our second Monthly Match. This one is in support of the  National Immigration Law Center. We will be matching $20,000 of contributions that our respective communities make to NILC. We’ve made it easy to contribute – simply go to this page on Crowdrise. Their mission is clear.

The 2% Change

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Here’s something actionable for you on a Monday morning. If you want to improve your business, in addition to all the other things you are doing, focus on changing thing by 2%. For example, raise your prices 2%. Eliminate 2% of your variable costs. Focus on the bottom 2% of your team and ask yourself if you really want them on your team.

Unscramble Your Biases

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And, as you read though the list below of my experiences / viewpoints, you’ll quickly see how the biases can create a chaotic mind-mess.

Work Hard. Be Kind.

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His message is simple: Work Hard. Be Kind. Having worked with Chris for many years, it’s a great summary of how he lives his life. Be Kind.

Computer Science For All

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This morning, President Obama and the White House made an awesome announcement of a new initiative called Computer Science for All. NCWIT, U.S.

A Startup Visa – The International Entrepreneurs Rule – Form I-941

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On Friday, the USCIS proposed The International Entrepreneurs Rule. We finally will have a startup visa! talked about the Startup Visa at conferences.

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Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

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The post is aimed at CEOs of startups who have at least 15 employees. If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. While it’s trendy to outsource your accounting to a third party, once you hit a certain size it’s dangerous.

Unsettled and Disgusted

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I arrived home from Australia yesterday. David Cohen and I spent the week there together to learn more about the various startup communities in Australia, to spend some time with the team that is leading  Techstars Defence in Adelaide , and to watch an amazing Federer / Wawrinka semi-final. When I woke up for dinner, Amy filled me in.

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The Fight Between The Future And The Past

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At dinner last night with Amy and friends we ended up in a long conversation about what’s going on in the world right now.

Entrepreneurship Is Intellectual Immigration

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At the MIT Celebration of 50 Years of Entrepreneurship in November, I heard a number of fantastic lines that have stuck with me. One of them was from  Noubar Afeyan. “Entrepreneurship is intellectual immigration.” ” I’m a huge fan and supporter of immigration, especially around entrepreneurship. Ponder that.

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The Power Of A Digital Sabbath

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I’m doing a little better than I was on Friday morning when I wrote the post Generosity Burnout. Just writing the post put me in an appropriate frame of mind to reflect on things on Saturday. No phone. No computer. No email. After almost four years, it’s a weekly touchpoint that has become a central part of my life.

Joining the Kauffman Fellows Board

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In September, I joined the board of Kauffman Fellows. In 2003, it was spun out of the Kauffman Foundation into a separate non-profit but, at the 20th reunion in Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation made a new gift to the Kauffman Fellows Program to accelerate the midwestern venture capital ecosystem.

Something New Is F *d Up In My World Every Day

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This is one of my favorite lines to use to explain the business life I live. It’s simple. Something new is f *d up in my world every day.

That Didn’t Need To Take An Hour

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Have you ever finished something and thought to yourself, “That didn’t need to take an hour?” Here are a few of them. 60 minutes.

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Dealing With The Pessimist In the Room.

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My wife Amy sent this HBR article – How to Handle the Pessimist on Your Team – to me. It’s almost a decade old but seems timeless. I’m an optimist. ” Pessimists are useful to counter balance my optimistic view point. But endless pessimism does tire me, especially when it is only used to put up objections.

When Greed Turns To Fear

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There is a cliche in the financial world that has been around forever. ” Recently, the fear seems to be sticking around. But it lingers.

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New Things In Venture Deals v3

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Venture Deals  v3 (the third edition) is now shipping in both hardcover and Kindle. Jason and I wrote the first edition of Venture Deals in 2011.

Foundry Group on The Twenty Minute VC

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I’ve become a huge fan of Harry Stebbings, the intrepid entrepreneur turned VC  whose age (20) matches the title of his podcast ( The Twenty Minute VC.) Today, at SaaStr at 1:40pm in the Hypercritical section , Harry is interviewing me about – well – whatever he wants. 20 VC 065: FOUNDRY GROUP WEEK 1: BRAD FELD.

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Explaining Net Neutrality to My Dad

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It’s late Saturday night after an awesome day in Las Vegas with my dad. ” We have a lot of fun and learn a ton from each other.

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