Top 8 Blockchain Trends Enabling Technology, Energy, and Finance Disruption

The business world is still trying to figure out the best uses of blockchain. Despite relative popularity in the press, the examples of potential cases for blockchain integration are limited at best currently.


Top 8 Blockchain Trends Enabling Technology, Energy, and Finance Disruption

The business world is still trying to figure out the best uses of blockchain. Despite relative popularity in the press, the examples of potential cases for blockchain integration are limited at best currently.

06/17/2017 - 09:44

Some Rules for Fundraising

Fundraising sucks. 

No one likes it.  Founders don't start companies so they can spend half their time asking people for money and VCs don't love the dance either.  

07/27/2017 - 11:30

Venture Investments Are Not Bets

Countless times over the last decade, I’ve heard other venture investors refer to their investments as “bets.” Earlier in my venture career, I was absolutely guilty of this because I wasn’t being mindful and probably lacked some necessary empathy.

08/04/2017 - 07:35

Big Data Is Coming to Take Your Health Insurance

For all its absurdity, the debate over Obamacare has accomplished something positive: It has educated people that insurance is really about risk pooling -- as in you need both healthy and sick people to participate if it’s going to be affordable for the sick.

08/04/2017 - 11:35

Trump and Statistics Don’t Mix

The Trump administration has taken on three ambitious statistical projects: tracking down cases of voter registration fraud, identifying racism in college admissions and developing an 

08/10/2017 - 11:30

Growing Pains: Nurturing a Startup and a Baby

Note: This piece is written from my perspective as a father and startup founder. Some of the advice will be applicable to new moms as well as dads, but I can only speak from my own experience as a dad. Would love to hear experiences from startup moms as well, and to compare notes.

09/05/2017 - 12:05

5 Best Tips For Salespeople

I guess what I want to really drill home is I just don’t understand how in 2017 people don’t realize that if they’re not producing written content, audio, or video for these 15 platforms, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Medium, Pinterest,

09/07/2017 - 11:35

Facebook and Google, Show Us Your Ad Data

My latest Bloomberg View column is out, in which I try to imagine an internet optimized for citizens rather than consumers: Facebook and Google, Show Us Your Ad Data   For other columns, take a look here.

09/13/2017 - 11:35

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it.

09/17/2017 - 07:30

Why Amazon Should Come To NYC

USA Today reported that NYC is working on a proposal to encourage Amazon to locate its second headquarters “HQ2” in NYC. I can’t imagine a better place for HQ2 than NYC.

09/19/2017 - 07:30

Overcoming Fears as a Female Entrepreneur

What is the biggest barrier between a woman entrepreneur and her path to success? The fear she creates in her own mind. Our scared, hesitant and self-doubting thoughts create that atmosphere of inferiority for us, make us weak and allow other people to question us.

09/24/2017 - 09:17

My Remarks for the Timmy Awards

Over the summer I spent many Wednesday nights co-leading conversations on a Twitter edchat called #ethicalCS (and many hours of prep recruiting experts and developing discussion questions).

09/29/2017 - 09:09

Video Of The Week: Tesla Powerwall

I am obsessed with the Tesla power wall product. We are getting them for the properties we own where we have solar. This video below explains how the power wall works in combination with solar panels, the grid, and your electrical usage.

10/07/2017 - 07:30

Don’t Take Attention For Granted!

I had an epiphany today that clearly has been stuck in my brain for quite a while, which is that, oh, right, the biggest companies in the world, the biggest advertisers in the world, have been taking attention for granted.

10/12/2017 - 11:35

On Open Source with Max Tegmark

I was on WBUR’s Open Source with Christopher Lydon – a show I regularly listened to when I lived in Somerville – last night discussing Max Tegmark’s new book, Life 3.0. Other guests were Erik Brynjolfsson and Yarden Katz.

10/20/2017 - 11:35


NYC announced a challenge program this week that is aimed at getting innovators, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, etc focused on solving some of NYC’s most interesting problems. It is called NYCx and you can learn more about it here. The first three challenges are up and are here.

10/25/2017 - 11:30

4 Tips for Raising Capital During the Holidays

We are headed towards the holiday season. For founders who are fundraising, this is typically particularly stressful time. It is certainly true, that some investors slow down their activities during the holidays. That said, there are patterns, and specifics for each type of investor.

10/27/2017 - 07:35

Why Entrepreneurship Is Better Together

Finding another female-founded tech startup with ambitions to scale in Arizona is like looking for the mythical unicorn, said Vicki Mayo, cofounder of TouchPoint Solution, a wearable technology that reduces the stress response.

11/01/2017 - 17:10


Yesterday, our portfolio company Kickstarter announced that they had relaunched Drip, a subscription platform they acquired almost two years ago. Perry Chen, Kickstarter’s founder and Chairman, wrote this blog post explaining what they are trying to do with Drip.

11/16/2017 - 07:30

March Chadwick: The Dough on NYC Sky Exposure Planes

The ‘dough’ in the sky of NYC real estate development is typically how much total floor area a zoning lot or assemblage of lots will allow according to the New York City Zoning resolution.

11/29/2017 - 08:29

Crowdsourcing the ‘Global Life School’

Yesterday, I was thinking back to my experience in high school. While I had some amazing teachers and treasure many of the lessons that I learned, I wish I had been taught more fundamental ‘life skills’ during my adolescence.

12/01/2017 - 07:30

“Burn Out” Is A Misnomer

I don’t like the phrase “burned out.”

“Burned out” implies exhausted or tired. Typically people who are worn out need a breather. When someone has been working too hard for too long, they need a break.

12/05/2017 - 17:05

How To Put Your Money Where Your Feminism Is

While others may run from a problem, innovators approach it like what it is: an opportunity. Some problems may be so big and systemic that one innovator can’t fix them alone. These problems need an entire ecosystem built to address them

12/06/2017 - 17:05

The Quest for a Stable Coin

One of the objections against crypto currencies has been their volatility. Bitcoin for instance just rose by about 60% over 2 days only to then fall by about 15% in a matter of hours.

12/09/2017 - 07:30

How to Tell A Story on Social Media

For me, I’m only interested in one thing. The thing that binds us all together. No matter who you are or what your profession is — whether you’re an entrepreneur or in sales or a designer or a developer — no matter what you do, your job is to tell a story.

12/15/2017 - 11:35

Playing Your Role

Investing in many different companies, with different founders, different cultures, and different missions requires the ability to adapt to each and every one. I like to think about it as playing a role in a play.

12/17/2017 - 11:30