Reading Jeff Bezos

A tech friend gives me shit about being a Jeff Bezos fanboy. I’m unabashedly a fan. His 1997 letter to Amazon shareholders is a blueprint for building a durable franchise in technology. I recently compiled and read all of these letters from 1997-2011. Read together, it’s essentially a 15 year narrative of building long-term value […]

Ron Conway’s Role @ SV Angel

Reprinting an answer I wrote to the following question on Quora: Is raising money from SV Angel the same as raising money from Ron Conway? No. And Yes.Ron is a Special Advisor to SV Angel. This means that he is not involved with day-to-day operations at all. He is not a General Partner. He is […]

Starting v. Building a Company

Durability is the rarest thing in technology. -Joe Kraus Fred Wilson has a series of classes on building sustainable companies. His related blog posts highlight the differences for me between “starting” and “building” companies. It’s never been easier to start a company in Silicon Valley and New York. And on balance, my personal view is […]

Why I Changed My Twitter Avatar

[C]ities around the country have had to tackle our economic problems largely on our own. Local elected officials are responsible for doing, not debating. For innovating, not arguing. For pragmatism, not partisanship. We have to deliver results at the local level – and that’s one reason why, since the 2008 financial collapse, most of the […]