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 [...]

This Is What The Apocalypse Looks Like?

Back in Q1, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone advising startups that the world, as they knew it, was coming to an end. Venture dollars flowing to startups had decreased [...]

Act Like You’ve Been There Before…

Recently, I saw someone share a tweet from a young, aspiring VC who posed a GIF on Twitter depicting an irreverent character in an effort to share his frustration that investors aren’t keen [...]

Who Benefits From Your Success?

Since I started mentoring at Techstars back in 2007, I’ve sat and talked with hundreds of founders trying to raise seed rounds and I’m often left scratching my head at the lack of [...]

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 [...]

Drink When Served

There’s been a lot of buzz the last few days about the piece in the WSJ on Monday featuring Bill Gurley warning that it’s starting to feel a lot like 1999 again, including a follow-up [...]

Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

For years, I regularly contributed to our firm’s blog at Highway 12 Ventures. Some posts were timely, others more timeless. I had an experience recently with an entrepreneur who was [...]