The Three Machines
JANUARY 13, 2017
Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. But it might.
Film: American Muslim Storytellers
FEBRUARY 26, 2017
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
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
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
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
One of the philanthropic activities that Amy and I have been doing is helping fund documentaries around issues that we care about.
Ode to Keystone
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
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
NOVEMBER 25, 2016
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
FEBRUARY 5, 2017
In our very divided world right now, this video is worth three minutes of your life on this Super Bowl Sunday. Personal
Venture Deals – Third Edition
OCTOBER 28, 2016
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
JULY 29, 2016
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
NOVEMBER 18, 2016
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
JANUARY 5, 2017
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
AUGUST 4, 2016
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
JANUARY 27, 2017
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 13, 2016
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
DECEMBER 11, 2016
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
JULY 19, 2016
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
OCTOBER 23, 2016
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.
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
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.
Board Seat For Sale
DECEMBER 15, 2016
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.”
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
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
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
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.
Monthly Match: National Immigration Law Center #NILCMatch
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
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
AUGUST 15, 2016
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
JUNE 2, 2016
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.
MAY 14, 2016
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
JANUARY 30, 2016
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
AUGUST 29, 2016
On Friday, the USCIS proposed The International Entrepreneurs Rule. We finally will have a startup visa! talked about the Startup Visa at conferences.
Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later
JULY 27, 2016
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
JANUARY 29, 2017
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.
The Fight Between The Future And The Past
JULY 28, 2016
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
JANUARY 4, 2017
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.
The Power Of A Digital Sabbath
FEBRUARY 12, 2017
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
DECEMBER 5, 2016
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
APRIL 1, 2015
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
JANUARY 27, 2015
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.
Dealing With The Pessimist In the Room.
JANUARY 21, 2017
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
OCTOBER 11, 2015
There is a cliche in the financial world that has been around forever. ” Recently, the fear seems to be sticking around. But it lingers.
New Things In Venture Deals v3
DECEMBER 19, 2016
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
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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.
Explaining Net Neutrality to My Dad
FEBRUARY 7, 2015
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.