20 years without my father

  My dad died 20 years ago. For a few years, I’ve had this post on my todo list and the due date has arrived. I was both looking forward to it and dreading it a bit. After 20 years, your memories of someone who is gone tend to condense. They’re summarized in your brain …

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Back from Sabbatical

I spent the last month completely offline, not working. I hadn’t done that in the 8 years since i founded Techstars. Last year, we raised a new venture fund and I was on the road twice as much as normal. When we closed it in January, I promised myself and my family some time for …

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Overhead

Yesterday, I didn’t leave my house. I was supposed to be in San Francisco for a board meeting but I was forced to cancel the trip suddenly. It left me with a rare day with only that one meeting (which I had to attend remotely) on my calendar. Otherwise, my calendar was wide open. I can’t …

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Help Fund the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park

We all felt the impact of the loss of Jessica Ridgeway. As a celebration of Jessica’s life, there’s an effort going on to renovate her neighborhood park in 2013. The City of Westminster has collaborated with the family on the design and has committed $200,000 in cash and in-kind services. The total cost of the …

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Denver PUC is being Uber-Annoying

If you’ve ever ridden in an Uber, you know it’s a great innovation. Now Denver’s PUC is trying to shut Uber down by inventing new rules targeted directly at it. It’s a sickening defense of a poor incumbent.   Right! Who needs clean, comfortable rides on demand from your smart phone anyway? Please read this, …

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Common Pitch Chile

I’m really looking forward to my upcoming trip to Santiago, Chile where I’ll be speaking about startup communities at Common Pitch Chile along with some incredible people including Al Gore, who is the keynote speaker. (I’m very excited to have lunch with him and learn all about the Internet!) This is the first time Common …

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