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Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 1:11pm
Last night we went to see Free Solo. For those who don’t know, it’s an incredible documentary that follows Alex Honnold as he prepares to and eventually does “free solo” the 3000 foot vertical rock formation El Capitan. Free soloing is when a climber, unassisted, scales the rock face without any ropes or protective measures […]
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:33pm
I just took a glance at Wework locations around the world, and it confirmed what I expected to see. Wework has almost 500 locations around the globe, and they are all in densely populated cities. This makes sense. Largest markets, expensive commercial real estate, large young workforces, etc…I get it. That said, i wish that […]
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
I was scheduling a call this morning with my friend Greg via iMessage and something occurred to me. Normally I am scheduling in email, and I have a pretty routine flow for moving between my calendar and email and suggesting times, etc…but I guess b/c i was on my phone, and in iMessage which feels […]
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1:32pm
I am not exaggerating when I say that I get Juuled in the face every single day walking around New York City. For those that don’t know, Juul is the most popular vaping device in the country. The company recently raised money from fancy investors like Tiger Global at a reported $15B valuation, reflecting it’s […]
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 5:46pm
I’ve had a lot of discussion recently about the concept of equal partnership in a venture firm. Most venture firms you have heard of are NOT equal partnerships. There are degrees of partners, uneven economics, small groups within larger groups that suck up excess fees and carried interest, and bright distinctions as to which partners […]
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
Lately I’ve been thinking about a subtle but apparent change in the blockchain world that kind of bums me out. Go back 2 or 3 years, the amount of technical talent that was learning and building in the space was small, but the breadth of systems and projects they were exploring was vast. Because nobody […]
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 5:36pm
If you hang out around venture capitalists for any length of time, you will inevitably arrive at the question of “what’s the next platform?” There are a lot of nebulous definitions of platform, but I typically think of a platform as a piece of infrastructure on top of which many businesses and applications are built. […]
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 6:57am
Every few years a deep change in technology, capital markets, society, or regulation catalyzes meaningful flow of power and value from large incumbents to new market entrants. These catalysts are the lifeblood of venture capital returns and the beginning of every thesis I have ever had as an early stage technology investor. As a general […]
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:35am
I read Dan Primack’s term sheet email most days. Increasingly I read things like “xx startup raised $80M Series A” and I’ve been trying to make sense of it. I am an early stage investor. I love the beginning and I love thinking about the future with people in their first years of building and […]
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:35am
I don’t hear people talk about building a team as a design problem, but I think it is. It’s not just butts in seats for sure, but it’s more than that. When i design teams, I tend to look at each candidate as a specific shape. The challenge is to design a group where all […]
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:05pm
Yesterday I went for a run on the west side highway with my wife Olivia. For those of you who don’t live in New York, the running path along the west side highway is on the Hudson River and there’s a beautiful park that goes from the tip of manhattan up to the George Washington […]
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:35am
I had a beer last night with a friend who has been instrumental in the formation of a number of well known blockchain protocols, and he asked me a question that I thought worth writing about. He basically said that we’ve been in a bear market for 4 or 5 months, and it reminds him […]
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 5:05pm
This is a disorienting moment where society is reeling to adjust to significant contextual changes to the way things have been. Change happens all the time, driven by technology and regulation and capital markets and media and a host of other factors, but it doesn’t always happen at a layer that is fundamental to our […]
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:10pm
So I’ve been obsessed with this idea of distributed lobbying on the blockchain. Basically, I think it’s bullshit that the top 50 companies in the US have an efficient way to put capital against influencing legislation and judicial outcomes, but we as a self organized and distributed population of individuals don’t have an equal ability. […]
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 5:05pm
It’s feb 15th, 2018 and for the first time in quite some time i feel myself out on a limb. My entire career I’ve oscillated between periods of running hard at big goals and then chilling and decompressing when i either definitely have achieved them or missed them. This past year has been a restorative […]
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 5:05pm
In 48 hours my wife and I are headed to the Bay Area for the winter. New York is just getting frigid in a way that makes your body clench up the minute you step outside, and everybody is walking around in a post New Years haze that will turn to hustle in a day […]
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:35am
Earlier today someone who I frequently invest alongside and think with in the blockchain world told me about a company he talked to that makes it easier for wall street to participate in the crypto markets. If you’ve been paying attention, “the herd is coming,” and there is no shortage of friction or nascent solutions […]
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 5:05pm
Somewhere over the last few months Telegram has become my most used App on my homescreen. A friend invited me to a “secret group” made up of blockchain fancy people, and I dropped into something I had been missing since Twitter changed their @replies and public discourse logic in 2008 or so. At it’s core, […]
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:35am
I distinctly remember the moment I became enamored with the application layer of mobile computing. The year was 2006…it was pre-iPhone, but I had just gotten a fancy job at General Catalyst Partners, and with it came my very own Blackberry. For the first time I could kind of access all of the internet from […]
CEO at Wildcard, Partner at Lerer Ventures