Inside Thoughts


Culture Starts At The Top

A few days ago, there was an article in the Colorado Sun describing how Techstars‘ “Give First” mantra has permeated the local ecosystem and has gone on to make its way into startup communities all around the globe. “Give First” isn’t some slick slogan that founder & co-CEO David Cohen created as a marketing tool, it’s a […]

Connecting The Dots

This post is a little longer than my usual paragraph or two so bear with me. It meanders a bit but finishes where it starts, a continuum if you will. Ever since first seeing Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford, his words “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking […]

It’s Not Worth It

Three times in my career, I’ve had firsthand experiences with CEOs who behaved badly. I’m not talking about poor judgment as it relates to business decisions; but actions that were unethical, immoral and/or illegal. In each of these, the damage to the CEO and the company was significant. In addition to my firsthand experiences, I’m […]


Saw this meme emerging on Twitter the other day: #TriggerA(fill in a group)in2Words I’ve been pretty good about keeping a positive attitude for a while now about the current state of our country so I was surprised how much seeing this meme bothered me. I couldn’t shake it all weekend and finally figured it out […]

Four Questions

Over President’s weekend, I spent 4 days with friends and family deep in the backcountry at an AIARE I Avalanche safety course with our friends at Payette Powder Guides. Split between classroom time in the Yurt and field work while backcountry skiing in the Payette National Forest, it was incredibly enlightening and I recommend the […]

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 investment you’d love to make?” I responded “Find me a company that’s going to solve the problem of dealing with America’s new love […]

Trying Twitter Again

Twitter. I suspect most people engaged on the platform these days have either A) developed a love-hate relationship with it B) have carefully curated their streams or C) are somewhat masochistic. It’s been over half a year since I’ve engaged with twitter. I needed a break as my feed had devolved into a cesspool of […]

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 […]

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