I’m Back

I used to blog a lot. I was passionate about it and really enjoyed the experience. However, over the last year or two, my writing slowed to a trickle. Perhaps I realized that I was one of a few hundred white male VCs blogging about tech and startups and there really isn’t that much unique perspective to offer about that. Let’s face it, if you read Fred’s, Brad’s, David’s & Mark’s blogs regularly, you’ve got most of what you’re looking for as an entrepreneur (I know there’s a few more quality blogs out there, but you get my drift). Throw in the fantastic content on the recently updated Techstars blog and that’s a ton of valuable content for entrepreneurs.

From time to time during the last year or so I’d think about about this blog. How could I renew it and make it worthwhile enough to ask people to engage regularly? What is my unique perspective and voice?

Anyone who even remotely knows me knows about my profound love of the wilderness and photographing the outdoors. The wonderful feedback I get from my Instagram account is gratifying, but how could I tie that to this blog and make it worthwhile? What could I take away from those experiences, combine it with my two decades of working with startups and create value in what I write for those endeavoring to grow a business? I began to reflect on all the times I’ve taken entrepreneurs and investors into Idaho’s spectacular backcountry over the years and watched with great pleasure at the intense and moving experiences they’ve had. We’d wind up having great conversation about the struggles of building a startup and most of the time it would come around the human element.

For me, this is the most fascinating part of building a business. A good friend of mine (and one of the best entrepreneurs I’ve ever met) has repeatedly said to me over the years “business would be so easy if it wasn’t for the people.” I’ve long recognized that it’s precisely this; the people building the companies that keep me excited and engaged as an investor. Helping entrepreneurs work through this most difficult (and often overlooked) component of building a business is by far the most gratifying thing I get to every day and I’ve watched some of the best (and unfortunately some not so best) in navigating this extremely complicated endeavor.

This spurred a long, meandering narrative in my head about what I want to contribute not only to the startup community, but to humanity. What legacy do I want to create?

It’s with that notion that I’m excited to unveil my new updated blog and website where I’ll share my thoughts and images about these two things which I’m most passionate about and my goal of bringing entrepreneurs and the outdoors closer together. I’ll be sharing things I’ve learned (and continue to learn) as it relates to founder issues, health and fitness, leadership and all the interpersonal aspects of trying ride the exhilarating yet exhaustive life that is entrepreneurship. For me, the outdoors has played an immense role in shaping who I am today and I believe it’s helped make me a better partner, board member, husband and father. Helping entrepreneurs through the struggle and inspiring them to discover, enjoy and protect our wilderness is the legacy I hope to record here. Thanks for joining me on the journey.

Finally, check out the Vitals section above. It will tell you a bit more about who I am & what I believe in, as well tips to navigate this site.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Andrew Richards
    Reply

    Love it! My twin bro and I are excited to be following, reading and learning!

    Thank you!!

    • Mark Solon
      Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to share that!

  • Prince
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    Congratulations on the new site Mark! It’s great and I look forward to soaking it all in.

    • Mark Solon
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      Thanks pal, you inspire me to get after it!

  • Chris
    Reply

    looking foreward to reading your musings!

  • Nicole Glaros
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    Can’t eait to hear more of your thoughts partner!

  • Kelly Taylor
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    It turns out I have plenty of time to read cuz of the whole no skiing thing here in D.C. Looking forward to learning even more from you than I already have.

    • Mark Solon
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      Miss you pal. Love following your DC adventure!

  • Marilyn Locander
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    Excited for this to happen. You have always inspired me with your ventures and ideas. You take me places I would never get to see and spark ideas I would never have without you! Thanks Mark for continually filling my bucket with happiness. Can’t wait! Mimi

  • Kimberly Stewart
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    I look forward to following you. As I have just launched my 2nd start-up, I have a feeling your blog will be my favorite tools in my toolbox. =)

  • Norris Krueger
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    You were always here in spirit… this is great news, I always learn things from you!

  • Doris Solon
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    Good luck and happy teaching to my brilliant son.

  • Jeremy Shure
    Reply

    I’m so excited for this; as someone who I learn a tremendous amount from, personally and professionally, I look forward to the wisdom and learnings from this blog! Hugs atcha.

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