Considering (venture) Platforms

The venture capital platform concept has been at times much less easily explained. I want to share my thoughts on the extraordinary power and endless potential of the venture platform and why defining it properly is an evolving process.

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Human Nature and Consumer Demand

When the inputs change, the outcomes do too. The innovations that produce smarter, faster, cheaper for sectors like education, personal finance, and health-wellness may look and function in ways contrary to or at least diverging significantly from what’s come before.

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Bedrock to Breakaway

The attraction to an 'up-and-to-the-right' trajectory can become toxic when maintaining it obscures the realities of a given market or business model. As a cool new startup gets more media coverage and ever-larger rounds of investment, zealous enthusiasm can quickly become unrealistic expectation…

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Avoiding Venture Overdose

At its best, venture capital can be an amount of new cash from new advisors, both additive, short-term growth resources. At its worst, venture capital can resemble these benefits but turns out to be an over infusion of cash…

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A Streaming Watershed

On Sunday, Netflix dropped a trailer for  'Cloverfield Paradox' during the Super Bowl with a premiere date of: available to stream that night right after the game. Paradox is the third film in a big budget, CGI-action franchise - the first and second films premiered in theaters and earned a combined $280 million at the box office worldwide. This movie will never play in theaters.

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Creative Forecasting

Last year, I came across what I considered the most accurate and pleasant definition of the vocation of early-stage venture capital. It took me far too long to find it again, but I finally have…

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2017 Reading List

I started this year with a goal of reading one book a week. I didn't meet that goal but here's what I did read during the bizarre, dark year that was 2017…

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Echo Dot vs. Home Mini: Title Bout '17

While startup twitter continues to be an amalgamation of thirsty AND extra over bitcoin in the run up to the end of the year, there’s another consumer technology that’s low-key (compared to BTC at least) arrived in the mainstream in the second half of 2017...

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The Great Voice Consolidation

It's hard to imagine that the voice ecosystem will look anything like the mobile-app layer, or for that matter the early world of early e-commerce marketplaces. Voice as an interface and an experience makes invisible design a reality...

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