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VC and the Art of Karma
Interests: Hobbies: Digital Photography Golf Paddle Squash Tennis Movies: Chariots of Fire (all time favorite) Godfather Matrix Planes, Train & Automobiles (anything w/Candy) Pulp Fiction Scarface Shindler's List Sure Thing (anything w/Cusack)
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Real Is Mandatory “Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’.”  — Bob Dylan The venture markets are a-changin’ with investors and public markets demanding rational business models, visibility to profitable growth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Something Ventured
"If you can see it, it isn't the revolution." -- Steve Jurvetson I wrote the following post in Nov, 2008. It demonstrated two things. 1) Tech and the stock market have a little dance they has roughly a 15... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Something Ventured
Larger Post coming...without appreciating the context (yesterday's post), it is hard to fully grasp the origin nor significance of the tech renaissance that is taking place in Israel. One has to see it to fully appreciate it. Much like Boston... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Something Ventured
Today was one of the most memorable days of my life. Things in the Middle East got very real today. We spent the entire day on copters flying South to Gaza with the Israeli Defense Force and then North to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Something Ventured
Quite the first day…cultural day in Jerusalem (minus our guide saying “all schools have cancelled trips to Jerusalem given events this week…”). Landed at 8:30am and off to the races. We visited the Old City where we walked through the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Something Ventured
As many of you may know, I am a commencement speach junkie. One of the stars of this year's batch is Admiral McRaven's talk at UoT. He is a navy seal, Commander of the United States Special Operations Command &... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Something Ventured
Those who know me well, know that I am a big fan of Mihaly (formerly UoC) and his work on Flow (TED Talk: Flow, Secret to Happiness). He has been on the forefront of work around positive psychology, researching "experts",... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Something Ventured
...signifying nothing. I published this about 7 weeks ago when pricing was around $1,000. With the Mt. Gox implosion, there has been a strong pull back in the market. Eventually, there will be a more defined need/place in the ecosystem... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Something Ventured
"I'm sorry, there's nothing more we can do." I was always envious and impressed with one of my former entrepreneurs, David Linn. After HBS, he managed to arrange to play professional soccer during the summer (Chicago Fire) and work at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Something Ventured
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore While the Boomer's bemoan (wrongly) Millennial's lack of work ethic, narcissism... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Something Ventured
As another year draws to a close, I increasingly ask myself the core question: How many people's lives have I helped to make better? Not enough. As I begin to draft my New Year's Resolutions and Goals, I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Something Ventured
...signifying nothing. Anyone watching Bitcoin's meteoric rise in price has to wonder what is going on. Despite all of the trappings of crypto modern technology, everyone has to remember that it behaves according to the laws of all markets (supply... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Something Ventured
Our portfolio company, GiveForward, is one of the standout "double bottom line" companies around. They help people with medical needs (and other) raise money to pay the bills. To date, they have raised $62 million for people. Given that 60%... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Something Ventured
My friend, Brian Johnson, just posted on an awesome topic...Getting Better vs Being Good. Entrepreneurship is not only tough -- it is non-linear and success often opaque. Also, short video link below of Carol Dweck's Mindset work...definitely worth everyone learning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at Something Ventured
I increasingly have conversations with both rising and established entrepreneurs around "what is success and why does it not feel fulfilling?" Peter Drucker, the uber-management sage, said that as more people acquired wealth, they would shift to focusing more intently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Something Ventured
"We must be willing to let go of the life that we've planned so as to embrace the life that is awaiting us." -- Joseph Campbell I am a commencement speech junkie. Dick Costolo's most recent one is in the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at Something Ventured
"I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas" -- Albert Einstein As I look back over my life, the most successful or content... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Something Ventured
Ryan Blair posted an interesting piece The Five Steps of Compartimentalization in Forbes last year. I did an exercise I try every couple of weeks where I lay out all of the commitments I had made ranging from board meeting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Something Ventured
Some of you might know Byron as the Vice Chair of Blackstone Advisory or as the Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Morgan Stanley for over 20 years. Each year he publishes two of the most read pieces on Wall Street... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at Something Ventured
A little perspective from up North. Our Canadian portfolio CEO, Guy Gal, forwarded over a great piece from StartupNorth titled The Things an Entrepreneur Will Never Tell You. It is definitely worth a quick read as entrepreneurs often feel they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Something Ventured
A little something for you all laboring to improve the world through your entrepreneurial efforts (from my friend, Brian Johnson at Have a great weekend:) "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Something Ventured
Love this concept which my friend, Brian Johnson, posted recently. Great entrepreneurs have a sense of "inevitability" in the belief in their idea and mission. Jim Clark refers to it as "willing a company into existence". “My earliest mentor, W.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Something Ventured
"[Pura Vida] embodies a philosophy in which communal ties are strong and close; difficulties are overcome with a resilient and happy spirit, where life is enjoyed leisurely and to the full, and where fortune of whatever size is heartily celebrated."... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Something Ventured