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Book: LEVERS – The Framework For Building Repeatability into Your Business

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The best businesses are data-driven and metrics-driven. Instead of simply tracking top-line metrics, every person in the organization understands their role, how they impact the business metrics, and how this impacts its larger goals.

Book: Wintering

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I listened to Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times on Audible over the past week. It was spectacular. Danielle Morrill recommended it to me.

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Shopping in Boulder at Table Mesa This Weekend

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My partner Chris Moody came up with a great idea he’s calling #BoulderStrongTableMesa. This is in response to the mass murder that happened at the King Soopers in Table Mesa on Monday, March 22nd.

Book: The Business of Venture Capital

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Today’s book recommendation, for anyone interested in venture capital, is The Business of Venture Capital: The Art of Raising a Fund, Structuring Investments, Portfolio Management, and Exits by Mahendra Ramsinghani. A decade ago, I got a cold email from Mahendra.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

A Sad and Scary Day In Boulder

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A mass shooting happened at a King Soopers on Table Mesa in Boulder Monday afternoon. Amy and I are safe. So are our friends and family. But 10 people in Boulder, including one police officer, are dead.

Are You Worried? … Would It Help?

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Amy and I watched Bridge of Spies over the weekend. We enjoyed it, but particularly loved one interaction between the lawyer (James Donovan) and the accused Russian spy (Rudolf Abel). Donovan: You don’t seem alarmed? Abel: Would it help?

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Boulder Chamber Memberships for Black-Owned Businesses

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Amy and I just underwrote one-year memberships to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for 62 Black-owned businesses in Boulder. Last summer, Aaron Clark started putting together a list of Black-owned Businesses in Boulder. The current list is at 62.

The GameStop Phenomenon

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I expect we’ll be exploring, unscrambling, pontificating, and dealing with what is happening with GameStop (GME) for a while. If you are reading this in the future and want some historical context for the rest of this post, this chart from the last 30 days of trading is instructive.

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We Know So Much. And So Little

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On my run to Boulder on Saturday, I listened to The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. My run was about four hours long, which was roughly the time it took to listen to this spectacular book.

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The Great HQ Migration

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January 3, 2020, seems like a very long time ago. That day, I wrote a post titled The Future Of Work Is Distributed.

What I Mean When I Say I’m Indifferent

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I no longer subscribe to many daily email newsletters, but I’ve kept a few. My favorite to wake up to is Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic. Today’s headline was It’s Possible to Tune These Things Out but it linked to an older post titled The True Power Behind Stoic “Indifference”.

Helping to Eliminate Racism in America

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Last summer, I shifted my personal behavior around racism. I realized that I had spent the previous 20 years providing “passive” support to social justice causes. I decided that I’d spend the next 20 years actively helping to eliminate racism in America.

Welcome to Spring

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It has been a long winter. Really long. From my perspective, winter has been about 17 months, going back to November 2019. The Covid crisis started just as spring 2020 was beginning. As a result, winter continued through the spring, summer, and fall.

Venture Deals Online Course – Spring 2021 Edition

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We are running the Venture Deals Online Course from March 7, 2021 – April 30, 2021. We’ve moved the Venture Deals Community from Slack to Mighty Networks where we have much more functionality and flexibility. Once again, we’ll do a weekly AMA with a variety of people participating.

Roam: My New Favorite Software Product

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Until six weeks ago, my favorite software product of all time was Lotus Agenda. We ran my first company (Feld Technologies) on Lotus Agenda from when the first version of Agenda came out sometime in 1990 to when we sold the company in 1993.

Processing the Supermarket Shooting in Boulder

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Thanks to everyone who sent a note to me in the past few days about the shooting in Boulder on Monday. 10 people murdered in a city of 100,000 people, in a place that I love where I’ve lived since 1995, is an extremely difficult thing for me to process. On Monday, Amy and I were shocked.

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Calculating Leader Leverage

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My partner Chris Moody recently sent around a note on a concept he refers to as Leader Leverage. I encourage every CEO to read and consider it. His rant follows.

Writing about SPACs

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Like many people, I’m currently deep in SPACland. I’ve been writing privately about it a lot but have now crossed over into a zone where I feel like writing more publicly about it.

Dealing with Reality in Business

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I used to love the Matrix’s Red Pill / Blue Pill metaphor and still use it occasionally to try to make a point around dealing with reality in an entrepreneurial context.

Book: The 80/80 Marriage

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I haven’t been posting about my reading lately. While I continue to read at my typical pace , I think I was a little tired of writing book reports, but that has passed. Last night I read The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship.

Techstars Foundation Accelerate Equity

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The Techstars Foundation recently announced a new program called Accelerate Equity. We created the Techstars Foundation in 2015 to help make innovation and entrepreneurship more accessible and inclusive.

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False Reassurance

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The Covid crisis has generated an extraordinary amount of what I like to call “false reassurance.” ” Consider how many times you heard something general like the following some time in 2020. Everything is going to be ok. We will get through this pandemic.

Finding Meaning

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A few minutes ago, Amy sent me this to ponder as we head into the weekend after an intense week. Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk.

How To Lose

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In the US, we are currently getting a master class in “how not to lose.” ” When I was young, my parents regularly said to me, “Don’t be a sore loser.” ” I was a serious tennis player between the age of 10 and 14.

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The Liminal Space

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I’ve personally been in a liminal space for most of 2020. Today, most of America is in a liminal space. The word liminal comes from the Latin word ‘limen’, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’

Thoughts on Sourcing Black Companies and Entrepreneurs

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I recently was in an email thread where a Black founder had a powerful and clear response to the question from one of her corporate partners.

Give First Podcast with Maëlle Gavet, Techstars New CEO

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David Cohen and I recently interviewed Maëlle Gavet, Techstars new CEO. It’s a great way to get to know a little more about her in under 30 minutes.

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Book: Generation X

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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture is weekend reading for anyone who wants to understand me and my generation. I was born in 1965 – right at the beginning of the transition from “Boomers” to “Xers.”

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Are You A Camel, A Lion, or A Child?

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I’m working on a new book with Dave Jilk, my first business partner. It is titled The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors.

The 15 Second Commute

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At 7:52, I was upstairs having coffee with Amy. It’s a new routine that we started at the beginning of Covid. Every morning we have coffee together.

Media Archaeology Lab Virtual Tour on 1/21/21

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For a long time, I collected computers (hardware, software, manuals, and magazines.) About five years ago, I donated my collection to the Media Archaeology Lab , located at CU Boulder. Also, Amy and I have made substantial gifts to MAL from the Anchor Point Foundation.

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RIP Len Fassler

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Gramercy Park in June 2015. After 89 years on this planet, Len Fassler passed away on Friday. Len was my Yoda. As a paternal figure, he was a close second to my father. I loved him deeply. And I will miss him every day.

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What Is Your Worldview?

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Amy and I have coffee for about 30 minutes every morning. It’s been one of the wonderful positive side effects of the Covid crisis. Some days we land on a topic. Other days we don’t. Today, after a few minutes, the question “What is your worldview?”

Book: The Soul of an Octopus

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My favorite animal is a polar bear. For some reason, I have always related to polar bears. When I’m reincarnated, I hope I come back as a polar bear. I’ve always like octopuses but never thought much about why.

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How To Write An Email Intro Request

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Multiple times a day, someone in my network asks if I’ll make an intro to someone else. I’m almost always happy to do this and, if not, I will explain why. I like to do opt-in intros, where I ask the person on the potential receiving end of the intro if they are open to the intro.

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The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

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Poetry is complex, beautiful, and mysterious. My wife Amy writes poetry. So does my first business partner Dave Jilk ( Rejuvenilia , Distilled Moments ). There is a lot of poetry in my house. Both Amy and I had tears in our eyes after listening to Amanda Gorman yesterday.

The Wonderfulness of Tim Ferriss and Naval Ravikant

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On my run yesterday, I listened to Tim Ferriss interview Naval Ravikant on Happiness, Reducing Anxiety, Crypto Stablecoins, and Crypto Strategy. I know both Tim and Naval.

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Can Do Colorado – A New Energize Colorado Project

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During the Covid crisis, I’ve been regularly discussing the dramatic amplification of inequities that already existed.

Thoughts For VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans

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My partner Seth Levine recently put up an extremely thoughtful post titled SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone. Go read it now – I’ll be here when you get back. Seth references two other posts to read and consider.

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$avvy: Women. Money. Freedom.

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$avvy , the latest movie that Amy and I helped underwrite, is now out. It’s another movie from Robin Hauser and Finish Line Features. avvy investigates the historical, cultural, and societal norms around women and money.

Are You At Your Best Right Now?

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I’m not. And I know a lot of people who aren’t. I’m trying hard, but I’m aware that there are many moments where I’m nowhere close to being my best. Every day, I feel confused by behavior from someone I know well which is inconsistent with how I think of them.

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The Goal Should Not Be The New Normal

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For the last several months, I’ve heard or read the phrase “the new normal” 7,354 times. I’ve steadily grown tired of it and now I believe it is an invalid concept. There is no new normal. We have move forward and get better.