Volunteering in Costa Rica

When each of my kids is 12, I take them volunteering on a dad/kid trip with Globe Aware. This spring break it was Delaney’s turn. We just returned from a week in the Orisi Valley of Costa Rica. Like when I did this in China in 2013 with Andrew, who is now 16, I wrote …

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The Startup Playbook

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. So, when Techstars mentors, investors, and friends Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman told me that they were writing a book to help guide founders on their startup journey, I was immediately excited. I’ve known Raj and Will for a number of years now and they are great entrepreneurs …

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One Last Talk in Boulder

A friend of mine is putting on a really interesting event called One Last Talk in Boulder on March 3, 2018. It’s called One Last Talk. All profits go to the non-profit Believe in Youth. From the One Last Talk web site: “Imagine standing on a stage, and delivering your One Last Talk to the …

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The pessimist in the room

In my startup investing, inside portfolio companies at the highest leadership and board levels, I always want to make sure that a pessimist has a seat at the table. I want a table full of optimists, but I also want at least one respected pessimist sitting there.  That pessimist should carry a general lack of …

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FaceID vs TouchID

Regarding the iPhone X vs previous models, so far I prefer TouchID to FaceID. TouchID is something I learned to forget about. I trained multiple fingers on it, so even if the phone was lying flat on a desk and not facing me face, my finger successfully unlocked the phone without me thinking about it …

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The moment of integrity

I was on a panel at FounderCon last week with Noah Pittard from Cooley and Service Provider Capital. Something Noah said on that panel was so insightful that it really stuck with me. Someone asked about the types of founders we want to invest in and the types of people we want to surround ourselves with, and the conversation meandered …

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