What Does Your Company Stand For?

Yvon Chouinard’s been my business hero for as long as I can remember. Let My People Go Surfing is one of my favorite books of all time (not favorite “business” books, but [...]

The Future Of Tattoos

Years ago, I was interviewing Alex Iskold for the Managing Director position of our Techstars NYC program. We had a great visit and towards the end he asked me “What’s one particular [...]

The Global Startup Community Marches On

Last week Ryan Broshar and I were in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam visiting the Inspectorio team (graduate of our Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target where Ryan is the Managing [...]

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 [...]

A Beautiful Continuum

The first time I met Natty Zola was in the old Techstars bunker back in the summer of 2009. He and his co-founder Nate Abbott had recently started a company called Everlater and were going [...]

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 [...]

Why We Invested In A Circus

Englishman Phillip Astley is credited with creating the first circus in 1768 in England. A war-trained accomplished equestrian, he parlayed his advanced riding skills into a post Seven-Years War [...]

Communication Breakdown

Over the last few months, I’ve watched three separate episodes of blowups between co-founders or between CEOs and board members. In each case, it’s evident in hindsight that it wasn’t a single [...]