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Feeling Blessed

I’m feeling particularly blessed today. And it’s not just because it’s Good Friday. Nancy has been traveling a bunch the last month. I think she was gone 14 nights in the past 30 days. It was pretty tough with my own travel schedule, but we got through it and am really glad that she’s back […]


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Disrupting Gillette

I found myself giving a couple different personal care companies a try recently. One was Harry’s, and the other was Walker & Co. These experiments stemmed not from my dissatisfaction with my current product (a Gillette Fusion pro-glide), but my general interest in disruptive innovation. I am coming at this question from an interesting perspective. […]


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Capital as a Weapon, Not Oxygen

I find the most successful fundraises are ones where founders treat capital as a weapon, not as oxygen. If capital is like Oxygen, the conversation focuses on what might go wrong. Will your numbers and assumptions hold up? Will new risks blow up your model or the quality of your service? What unforeseen challenges might make […]


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Unicorns Don’t Exist

There is something so funny and also so appropriate about all this talk about Unicorn companies. I’m not the first person to say that the proliferation of $1B+ valued startups is a signal of an overheated late stage market. Yet, there continues to be so much fanfare and excitement about all of these unicorn companies. […]


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People Matching

When entrepreneurs think about approaching VC’s to cultivate a relationship for a round, they often try to match their company with what the VC has funded in the past.  It’s pretty rational.  That investor should both know more about the sector than the next person, and should have an inclination to invest in that sector […]


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Hitting the Road

About a year ago, Nancy and I were spending some time with Hardi Meybaum and his family.  Hardi is the founder of our portfolio company GrabCAD which was acquired recently by Stratsys.  It had taken us a long time to schedule this get together (our girls are of similar age, so we try to all get together […]


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Thoughts on Pre-Seed / Genesis Rounds

Over a year ago, I wrote a post describing what I was seeing happening in the early stage financing market, especially as it pertained to what I call “genesis rounds“.  Today, genesis rounds or “pre-seeds” are fairly common nomenclature, and in fact, some folks are forming funds specifically targeting these types of opportunities (like my […]


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Congrats to the Sunrise Team

Today it was officially announced that Microsoft has acquired our portfolio company Sunrise. It’s a fantastic outcome for everyone involved and I know that Pierre, Jeremy, and the team are going to have a huge impact within MSFT. As someone who uses Sunrise every single day, I’m super excited for what’s to come. Personally, this […]


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A Simple Approach to Startups Pitch Decks

On Tuesday, we put out two different sample pitch decks that we think can guide entrepreneurs as they try to communicate the information behind their companies. Although pitch decks are well-trodden territory online, we tried to introduce decks that were specifically designed for how they would be used in practice. In particular, we introduced a […]


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How Will It Feel?

I had lunch with Brett Martin this week, an entrepreneur I’ve gotten to know a bit over the years. We were talking about a decision that I’m thinking through. I was kind of waffling. He asked a really good question. “How will it feel when you have the right answer?” This got me thinking in […]


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