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  • See You In The Grove
    Posted by on October 4th, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I came down to Ole Miss to visit my daughter who is a senior here.  One of the best things about having children go to [...]


  • Ole Miss Office Hours
    Posted by on October 3rd, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Today I am in Oxford, MS.  They have an entrepreneurship program that I am starting to work with courtesy of a meeting with Professor Clay [...]


  • How Do You Get To “GO”? Trust Your Gut
    Posted by on October 2nd, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Fred Wilson posted Paul Graham‘s post on USV‘s site.   Then he blogged about it.  I read the post, and I posted the video of [...]


  • Investors Are Sick of Convertible Notes
    Posted by on October 1st, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Because I run in the early stage community, I speak with a lot of founders about early stage financing.  Most of them raise convertible debt [...]


  • Do You Want to Charge Your Phone Without A Cord?
    Posted by on September 30th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    As my devices get older, battery life is a huge issue. It always seems that my phones last a couple of years, then the battery [...]


  • Do You Engineer The Meeting?
    Posted by on September 29th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    More and more, I am seeing meetings being used as a legal timestamp and not actual communication/action/discussion.  The meeting happens before the meeting.  In politics, [...]


  • Can You Teach Courage?
    Posted by on September 28th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Courage has been filtering in and through my life this weekend.  It’s probably an overused word.  At TechStars Patriot Boot Camp, I was surrounded by [...]


  • Lessons From Boot Camp
    Posted by on September 27th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Yesterday was a lot of fun.  I met some really cool people.  I hope I was able to help and add to the progress of [...]


  • Tech Stars Patriot Boot Camp
    Posted by on September 26th, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Today I am headed up to Madison, Wisconsin to help mentor at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp.  I am looking forward to it.  This is a [...]


  • What Important Truth Do Very Few People Agree With You On?
    Posted by on September 25th, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Peter Thiel asks people that question in interviews.  It’s one of the opening lines of his book, Zero to One.  It’s an awesome question.  How [...]


  • What’s A Fact? Is The Science On Climate Change Truly Settled?
    Posted by on September 24th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Lots of emphasis on climate change this week.  The greenies are out in full force.  I heard comedian John Oliver say climate change is a [...]


  • Ride Sharing Services and Location Failure
    Posted by on September 23rd, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I love ride sharing services.  I think they are great for people, great for competition.  I think they have the potential to alter society in [...]


  • The Hard Things About Feedback Things
    Posted by on September 22nd, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Lately, I have been trying to read a lot of books written by startup people.  One that I picked up is Ben Horowitz book, The [...]


  • What’s Up With the Democrats In Illinois?
    Posted by on September 21st, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Why all the class warfare?  When I was growing up, I never dreamed of living on government assistance.  I used to ride my bike and [...]


  • What’s In A Name?
    Posted by on September 20th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    This story I read about how people named their startup is funny.  So many domain names are tied up by squatters, it’s almost impossible to [...]


  • Why It’s Different For Women in Chicago
    Posted by on September 19th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Yesterday, I had a long conversation with Ms Tech’s Nicole Yeary.  If you don’t know Ms Tech, you should.  They help women get started and [...]


  • Don’t Ask Why-Ask YCharts
    Posted by on September 18th, 2014 at 7:13 am

    One of my portfolio companies YCharts just rolled out some new functionality.  Since I initially invested in them back in 2010, they keep rolling out [...]