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Friday, September 4, 2020 - 11:48am
I was talking to a good friend recently who lost his job during the pandemic crisis happening in the US, and with a mortgage and a new baby was remotely looking for new work. While a challenging time for many, searching for a new job and interviewing remotely over video to join a team is …
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 8:19am
The state of venture is changing and AngelList has been at the forefront of this movement for awhile. The recent announcement of “open ended funds” got me thinking about the evolution of venture fund structures themselves. Software has been eating venture funds by simplifying syndicates, managing SPVs, and even traditional fund management. The devil is …
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 6:37pm
COVID19 is top of mind. Right now the world watches as what feels like a dystopians novel unfolds before our eyes. Many are scared and figuring out what to do. Like most things, this started small. Now it’s a tidal wave cresting across the globe. When in turmoil and stress I always advise people take …
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:36am
My latest interview is with Evan Walden the CEO and co-founder of Monday.VC who has been building since 2016. From first selling pesticides to taking on the mission of helping people find more meaning in their work, Evan shares the entire origin story and details of what the team has built. This is a fun …
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:38am
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Alex MacCaw, CEO of Clearbit who has been building one of the more interesting data companies, and is definitely a Quiet Giant. We sat down for an interview about Building The Machine and I am excited to share it below. They call themselves a “marketing data engine …
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:37pm
I am excited to launch the first episode of the Building The Machine Podcast with my friend Nick Patrick who is the CEO and co-founder of Radar.io a location data infrastructure company. We go deep into the flywheel he has built, and go back to the beginning. The goal of this show is to dive …
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 1:35pm
Some years ago the advice was to try join a rocket ship at all costs. Get on, hang on, and the success of the company will lift you to new heights. Perhaps this best encompasses the past decade of startup lore – get off the treadmill of corporate work you are on and step aboard …
Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 12:37pm
I have always loved prediction posts, but shied away from them myself, probably out of fear and imposter syndrome. Seeing the the posts of years past from others finally got me over the line and I wanted to share my thoughts here. Since it’s a new decade, it also allows me to go deeper into …
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 1:37pm
There’s a scene in Black Hawk Down in which US forces have taken such heavy attack, sustained massive injuries, and cannot get out that they call back to base they are “combat ineffective”. It’s a powerful scene and circumstance that shows the casualties of war and gruesome fighting during a firefight. It’s also not the …
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 11:33am

After about a year of consulting + executive coaching work as COO-As-A-Service for startups, I am happy to announce I’ll be joining the folks at www.Company.co. If I have learned anything, it’s that the people you surround yourself with are everything. Company is a great fit: they host, advise, mentor, lend a shoulder, and provide a place to founders and teams. These things are right up my alley because it’s what I love doing and align with my goal to be the best advisor to early-stage founders.

Matt Harrigan (cofounder Company; CEO Company Ventures) reached out when I set out on my own, and he was kind enough to lend me a desk in the building. In the months that followed I got a chance to meet some of the people on the Company team, spend time with some of the founders working out of the Company building, and most importantly understand their mission: to become the most impactful place for entrepreneurs to build their business. With over one million square ft of space in a newly renovated 335 Madison Ave (did I mention it’s basically on top of Grand Central?) Company is the most equipped organization to deliver on this mission. Just as Matt and team provided me with a place and resources with other amazing people, I will be helping to do the same for other founders.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:42pm
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio is an excellent read and background of Bridgewater and origin story. Getting to go this deep on how the firm began, has been run for so long, and understanding the open culture was fascinating. One of the more interesting takes within the book is the archetypes described and …
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:33pm
I am a big fan of the no update, update. A simple way to let someone know you are “on it” but with no material change. I was recently talking to a company I advise that is awaiting a big answer from a potential partner. I have a good relationship with them and to keep …
Eric Friedman is Director of Sales and Revenue Operations at foursquare. Eric was formerly at Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm focussed on early stage web services and technology companies. He also spent three years working at Reprise Media, a full service SEM, SEO, and social media agency startup that was acquired by IPG in 2007.