March’s Civic Tech Events

Happy Women’s History Month! The civic highlight of the month is the NYC School of Data, kicking off March 4 and continuing for a week (Sold Out). Join for a week of celebrations of the 5-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law.


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When Startups Partner With Enterprises

Tell me if you have seen this scenario. You are in a small, scrappy startup that is grinding each and every day to eke out growth. Then comes across the big enterprise company that likes what your startup is doing and suggests you should work together.

11/02/2016 - 11:40

Habitat III: A Once-In-A-Generation Civic Experience

It’s hard to catch your breath in Quito, Ecuador. Whether it’s the thin air of its 10,000 foot elevation, the natural beauty of its volcanic mountains, or the built beauty of its colonial-era architecture, Quito is a city that leaves you breathless.

11/11/2016 - 17:20

Software is Eating Humanity

How technology today is enabling racism, sexism, and deliberate misinformation, and what we should be doing about it.

Our recent, intensely divisive election has laid bare many faults in our tech products and services.

11/18/2016 - 12:55

Entering Spamalot

Over the past year or so, I have noticed a trend. Many of the unsolicited emails I have received seem to have all the same look and feel to them. These messages are shorter than the previous generation of cold emails (thank goodness), but still seem just as pointless.

11/21/2016 - 11:30

The Creative Independent

In a world full of click bait media and fake news, it is harder than ever to find authentic and meaningful content on the Internet. The utopian early days of blogging in the early 2000s, when this blog was started, seem long gone.

11/23/2016 - 07:30

Ticket Bots

New York State put a law on its books this week making operating “ticket bots” illegal: using ticket bots, maintaining an interest in or control of bots, and reselling tickets knowingly obtained with bots constitutes a class A misdemeanor.

11/30/2016 - 11:40

Keeping Girls and Women Safe Through Technology

Earlier this week, dozens of people – including the Microsoft New York team – gathered at the UN Women headquarters in midtown Manhattan to take part in a fascinating workshop on how technology can keep girls and young women safe.

12/02/2016 - 17:10

How to Perform Inception on a VC

One of my favorite phrases is "performing inception".  Inception is one of my favorite movies and I love the idea of meticulously planning out the placement of an idea in someone else's head.  

12/05/2016 - 07:40

An Opportunity for States and Cities

I have not been writing a lot because I am still digesting much of what the outcome of the US election and Trump’s presidency may bring. One thought that is forming though is that States will play a much bigger role going forward. If federal legislation in healthcare, labor, environment, etc.

12/09/2016 - 17:20

Why The Fake News Debate Gets It Wrong

Fake News isn’t a problem that appeared overnight. But the results of the election have raised the specter that the Democrats brought a knife to a gun-fight, trying to combat a Tweeting candidate - with old world television, rope line politics, and a well-financed ground game.

12/12/2016 - 16:40

Civic Tech Events This January in NYC

Happy 2017! It’s time to shrug off the holiday lethargy and kickstart the new year the only way we know how: with the best events in civic tech NYC has to offer. Here are our top picks for January 2017: January 5 Brooklyn Innovation Awards Get ready for the Brooklyn Innovation Awards 2016!

01/04/2017 - 17:10

3 basic principles founders can follow to achieve quality results 

We are all in the rush these days. As founders we want to literally do more faster all the time. As we rush, and get a lot done,  sometimes we don’t do things right.  We forego quality in exchange for speed and quantity. Yet it is really important to pay attention to correctness and quality.

01/11/2017 - 11:30

Inauguration Thoughts

There is a good thing about today’s inauguration. Despite having the lowest approval rating of an incoming president in a long time, it appears that we will have a peaceful transfer of power. That is what democracy is designed to do.

01/20/2017 - 11:40

Expa Labs – Some Lessons Learned

With the first group of Expa Labs companies moving on to the next phase in their development and the application period for the next Expa Labs group now open, I wanted to take a step back to share some of the lessons I learned from working with each of the companies in our first group.

01/25/2017 - 17:10

How Exporting Can Improve Your Bottom Line

You may think that exporting is just for the big boys, but the truth is that approximately 98% of United States exporters are small- to mid-sized businesses, accounting for one-third of United States exports, according to a 

01/25/2017 - 17:10

Generational Transition In VC Firms

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit, my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman, who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003.

02/01/2017 - 11:30

The Future Of Labor

As I mentioned yesterday, I am moderating a panel this morning at NewCo Shift Forum on The Future Of Labor. As I think about, there are three big megatrends impacting the future of labor/work.

02/08/2017 - 11:30

Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups)

Abstract & Summary: By some estimates, ocean freight shipping is responsible for transporting 90% of every physical good that people consume - moving trillions of dollars worth of goods from one place to another, connecting markets, and keeping commerce humming across far flu

02/08/2017 - 12:11

March’s Civic Tech Events

Happy Women’s History Month! The civic highlight of the month is the NYC School of Data, kicking off March 4 and continuing for a week (Sold Out). Join for a week of celebrations of the 5-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law.

03/03/2017 - 17:10

Gender Diversity

Today is International Women’s Day and I thought I would recognize it by writing about gender diversity, a challenging topic for many in the startup/tech sector. I believe that diversity of all kinds results in better companies, better performance, better culture and better workplaces.

03/08/2017 - 17:10

Three Bad and Two Good Reasons to Start a Startup

I’ve started five companies, four of which failed miserably, one which did fairly well. I was also one of the first five employees of a startup which did quite well.

I learned a few things from the failures, some from the successes:

03/17/2017 - 12:14