Perspective entering 2019

Happy new year everyone. Just before most of us rang in the new year, we successfully flew by a distant rock (Ultima Thule), one billion miles past Pluto and four billion miles from earth and, you know, took some photos. News of that did not reach earth until the new year, since the signal took …

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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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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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Assume good intent

There’s a phrase that I’ve been using more and more with startups that I’m working with closely. That phrase is “assume good intent.”  I first heard this phrase in my office at Techstars and i’ve found it useful, so I wanted to share it. In any team or customer dynamic, if you start off assuming …

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Don’t go dark

I’ve had a couple of situations lately where a portfolio company founder or CEO went dark on me. They just stopped communicating. Sometimes takes me a while to notice it. When I do, I usually check in with the person and just ask something like “Hey – I haven’t heard from you in a while, …

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Dropping an investor

I’ve seen a few cases recently where a startup decided to remove a particular investor from their regular “update” emails. The startups were doing this because they found out that the investor had invested in (or otherwise supported) another company that they viewed as competitive. Fast forward a year or so, and the startup needs …

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