The Tao of Brad

Last week I was on a long mountain bike ride and wound up spending a few hours grinding away on a particular difficult situation one of the CEOs I work with was going through, when some advice [...]

Financing Round Nomenclature Revisited

When I started investing in startups a long time ago, the labeling of financing rounds was as simple as the Sesame Street alphabet song – A is for Abbey, B is for Bert, C is for Cookie [...]

Hacking Reference Checking 

  We all acknowledge the critical nature of thorough reference checking as it relates to hiring or investing in someone. However, given that most people are reticent to offer a negative [...]

Some Gray Haired Insights For New Investors

There’s been a flurry of posts so far in this new year advising startups how to deal with what certainly appears to be the beginning of an inevitable market correction (based upon your [...]

The Case For Priced Seed Rounds

When I was a kid, there were a series of memorable commercials from a company called Fram which made automobile oil filters. The message behind all of their commercials was that you could pay $4 [...]

Seed Investing Doesn’t Buy You Series A Traction

During my first year at Techstars, I’ve spent a good deal of of time working with founders helping them to prepare for raising their first round of seed capital. I’m sure it’s [...]