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 [...]

Past Is Prologue

It’s almost surreal for me to think that exactly twenty years ago, I was a green twenty nine year-old working on the first startup financing of my career and that yesterday, we announced our new [...]

Why We’re Excited To Be Investors In Ello

There’s a good deal of buzz today about our latest Techstars investment in Ello and we’re really excited to be co-leading their Series A financing along with Foundry Group. However, [...]

Jukely: The Perfect Way to See Live Bands

I love seeing live music. I’ve got a steady group of friends I go see bands with and we’re always on the lookout to see up and coming artists playing in our town. Generally, we use an [...]

Searching For A Technical Co-Founder

Yale University Goldman Sachs Navy SEAL Officer and Instructor Harvard Business School Firefighter Personal Trainer Motivational Speaker Startup entrepreneur Sounds like a pretty amazing career, [...]

Why Nike Gets Startups

Last week, I was in San Francisco for Demo Day for the Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars. It was actually the third Nike Demo Day I’d attended in a little over a week, the previous two were [...]