When I was an entrepreneur raising money I tended to make a classic mistake: trying to convey all the amazing things we were doing in great detail. This is a terrible strategy. Why? Because too much detail buries the story of your business and also makes your business seem, well, complex. Show More Summary
Anyone who reads this blog frequently will know that I am a big believer in low-cost video content and specifically the power of YouTube as a content creation & distribution platform. Our industry just took one big step towards legitimacy with the … Read more ›
This TEDx video from Daniel Amen gives a great explanation of how to take care of your brain. He has taken over 63,000 brain scans over the last 20 years and has found that the brain scans of people with bad habits are all gnarly and horrible. A gnarly scans mean a physically [...]
Over the last couple of days I’ve been watching Ben Horrowitz’s 2 hour fire-side chat with Sarah Lacy. I don’t usually watch long videos like this but they are a great way of making my physio more tolerable, but I’m thinking I might change my ways going forward as I’m getting a lot out [...]
My close friend Jerry Colonna is giving an extraordinary seminar in Boulder on 4/19 with Parker Palmer called Surviving the Startup Life: The Toll of Merging Identity and Work. Jerry is the best CEO coach I know, a dear friend, and one of the best investors I ever have gotten to work with (we did a [...]Show More Summary
I normally take the London Underground to get around between meetings, but that doesn’t work with my crutches and knee brace so I’ve been taking a lot of taxis recently. Doing email in cars always makes me feel iffy so to fill the time I’ve been watching videos that I stack up on YouTube.Yesterday [...]
It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. If you don’t already follow him on Twitter please click link and follow. You won’t regret it. The guy has knowledge. It is the first time in 6 years that we’ve expanded the [...]
“In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy.” Such was the quote of Clayton Christensen followed by, “… in the end I’m excited to see that happen. So pray for Harvard Business School if you wouldn’t mind.” Who else does Clayton pray for? Apple. Yup! Watch the 30-minute interview to hear why [...]
Last monday night, I did the annual fireside chat with InSITE, literally with an iPad fire at my side. I talked for about 20 minutes about two areaas I am thinking alot about, pervasive computing and machine learning, and what...
For those of you who know me, I have always loved being a musician. For a while, I thought that I would make my living as a drummer, but the world conspired against me. That being said, I couldn’t be grateful enough that I ended up as a venture capitalist. Last year, I spearheaded the [...]
A few weeks ago, I went down to Wharton, where I got an MBA in the mid 80s, to talk about "being contrarian". My experience with MBAs tells me that they need to be encoraged to think outside of the...
This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. By now many of you know the Harlem Shake but what you may not appreciate is the broader trend behind the video and it has mirrored my general views on how TV will work in the future Harlem Shake is a YouTube phenomenon that in just 2 weeks has gone from [...]
Marc Barros, the founder of Contour cameras wrote a great follow-up to my post on your company’s shift from a product focus to building out a sales and marketing organization that’s definitely worth reading. A few excerpts here: 1. Make A Clear Definition of Success Early on, often before you raise venture capital, you want [...]
Somebody commented that in 2013 I have done a lot more personal posts than usual. I didn’t set out that way. It just happened. Lots of tragedies in the past couple of months. Aaron Schwartz. Sandy Hook. Now Jody Sherman. And my friend Brad Feld & his wife had written a book on the importance [...]
Last week we announced our company Pushpins was acquired by Performance Marketing Brands (parent to Ebates/Fatwallet). It has been a wild ride since we started the company in our dorm at Harvard Business School just over three years ago My …
What do you do when you don't want to sell your company and you don't want to go public either? We've been discussing this issue here at AVC for a long time. I think back to this post from 2008,...
Great TED talk by Brene Brown on Shame and its role in innovation and society. YouTube Link to Brown Shame Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0 Terrific Roosevelt quote from it for all you entrepreneurs in the arena...I'll call it the Entrepreneur's Manifesto: "It...
Every now and again I like to post a video which shows how fast new technologies are coming down the pipe. The pace of technology innovation is accelerating all the time but most people don’t fully grasp the implications. By showcasing technologies like self driving cars and robotics I hope to make those implications [...]
If you are reading this on Friday, 1/18/13 I’m probably doing one of a couple of things right now. The three most likely are sleeping, laying on my couch reading next to Amy, or just hanging out with her. There’s a chance I’m on a run or having some adult entertainment with Amy (different than hanging [...]
The tech community has become more politically active over the past 5 years and this is a good thing. We live in a representative democracy and organizing, having a voice and expressing views is critical to our functioning democracy. One of the most visible, active and admirable leaders of this movement is Ron Conway and [...]