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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 12:36pm

Dear Google,

Let’s start with Thank You.

Thank you for making free software that’s so good that I cringe a little every time someone sends me a PowerPoint file. It’s been over five years since I made G Suite my go-to software and (with one exception) I’ve never looked back. So please take the following observations as the suggestions of a generally satisfied (and grateful!) customer.

Let’s start with Google Docs. You guys really nailed it with this one. We use the collaborative features nearly every day, sometimes even in real time while on team calls. The range of controls from View Only, to Comments, to (my personal favorite) Suggest edits, to full Edit mode simply and elegantly covers all my use cases. The formatting options are the perfect balance between simplicity and power; if I need anything fancier, I simply switch to Slides. If I had any complaint, it’s that I don’t need email updates every time somebody accepts my deletion of an extra space or comma. If you could find a way to hide trivial edit activity (perhaps the same way you default to suppress duplicative search results) but give me the option to see all activity, that would be awesome.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
I may regret some of what follows. As I general rule, I like to let an article I write sit and reread it the next day.  The first draft can be pretty <ahem> blunt, so I usually find a bunch of rough edges that need to be smoothed over before submitting.  But I have an […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Here’s a picture of my phone:   It is so old that it looks new again.  Why do I use such an old phone?  Wrong question.  The right question is: Why are you using a newer one? Let me explain. Back in the dawn of time (~2005), I was responsible for product development at Bunk1.  […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
“Every time I hear the word ‘viral’ I throw up a little in my mouth.”   Ok, I cheated a little.  No one I know actually said that out loud but I guarantee you that there isn’t a venture investor out there who hasn’t felt this way at one time or another.  Why?  Because some […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Why do you angel invest? I love helping early stage entrepreneurs as I’m an educator at heart.  I’ve started several companies and like being able to share my experience to help other entrepreneurs.  I think there are way easier ways to make money so if that’s your only goal, you should not be angel investing. […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Why do you angel invest? I started out as an entrepreneur—just like you—and learned the hard way that sometimes, VC money is not all that it appears to be. It can make you feel like you gave your shirt, your house, your car, and your shoes away. I know what it takes to be an […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
It was not so much a debate as a “frank exchange.” I was exchanging emails with the founder of one of the larger startup pitch conferences. He had asked me if I would promote his event with some of the DreamIt startups who are currently fundraising. His events are pay-to-pitch and it’s fair to say […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Angel investing is hot… and not just because it’s so cool. When, for over a decade, single-digit Venture Capital returns qualify as “top quartile,” seed stage investments have generated 27% ROI. (2) So it is only natural that family offices and high net worth individuals are eager to get exposure to this sector.  The only […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
  How did you get into angel investing? I was running a walking tour business here in New York.  My partners and I were always playing around with how to make the experience better.  We had a lot of ideas and then, with the launch of the iPhone 4, other people started doing it.  I […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Mark Wachen is the Managing Director for DreamIt Ventures New York and the Managing Director and Founder of Upstage Ventures.     What got you into angel investing? Mark Wachen: Mostly my experience with my own company, Optimost. [Acquired by Interwoven, which was in turn acquired Autonomy Corporation, which was bought by HP].  When I […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
“Why don’t you give Karen a call?”   I was chatting with Ryan Armbrust, an Associate at ff Ventures, about their portfolio companies.  ff Ventures is one of those rare VCs that has built a dedicated infrastructure within their fund to help their portfolio companies with the various functions (staffing, biz dev, et. al.) that […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
I both love and fear that phrase. I love it because a deep network of qualified mentors is a major asset to an accelerator program. It is one of the big differentiators between a top 10 accelerator and the other 1000+ unproven** ones. (Although you sometimes have to dig a bit to tell the difference […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda. Entrepreneurs Need to Take that First Step.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
This is an informative, must-read for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of the venture capital industry and the role of limited partners.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
On Saturday, October 25, Jews around the world (or at least those who actually go to services) heard the story of Noah’s Ark. And so, with apologies to every rabbi who ever tried taught me anything, here are a few things that Noah can teach entrepreneurs: Plan ahead. Noah didn’t wait until it started raining. […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Andrew Ackerman of Dreamit discusses the three dimensions of pain points every Startup needs to consider.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Startups, ever wonder what it’s like on our side of the curtain? For the past several Julys, I’ve been going to Montreal to participate in Startupfest. Often, I address the startups during the main festival on the usual topics: how to find investors, how to solicit feedback on your startup idea, etc. This year I […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Like most entrepreneurs, I wasn’t CEO of my first startup. While I had a fair share of the company, I owned far less than the CEO who, in addition to having had the concept, also initially bankrolled us. For the most part, this didn’t matter. Like most good founding teams, we had complimentary skill sets […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Every morning I start my day with Dilbert & coffee and one of my favorite secondary characters in that strip is Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light. Unlike Satan, Phil punishes people for small crimes by “darning them to heck”. There are hundreds of articles in the business and startup press written about best practices […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:37pm
Randy Adler is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of RK ADLER LLP. Why do you angel invest? Randy Adler: I love the space.  I think it is the opportunity of a lifetime: a true land grab.  We are experiencing a transition from the old economy to the new economy in which all things become “tech.” […]
Andrew Ackerman is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, sometimes angel investor, and proud father of three daughters. He is currently Managing Director in charge of DreamIt’s NY accelerator program.