Explain Equity

Of late, I’ve encountered numerous potential startup candidates and newly hired employees who have no idea what their equity means. I’ve noticed this for years – and experienced it myself – but I’m disturbed at the frequency now and so am compelled to write about it...

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A Sonic Boom

On Monday, Spotify publicly announced the launch of Discover Weekly, taking out of private beta their signature effort in personalized playlists. After a few days of listening to my playlist, I have to say it’s outstanding...

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Organized To Share

Today, many younger people in the US have shared the experience of a more recent entity, with a ubiquity akin to that of grandparents’ experience of the military. That entity is the University.  Many more people attend college then enter any arm of the military outright and so the seminal experience of early adulthood shifts dramatically. 

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Closing The Computer

This weekend I intentionally left my computer at my office on Friday afternoon, forcing myself to abandon the temptation to read, send email, or otherwise try to get shit done via the device I use most heavily during weekends full of work...

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The Importance of Being Extremely Earnest

without the passionate vision - the Kool-Aid - all is for naught. In a pitch meeting, at a demo day, during a Monday stand-up or end of the week one-on-one, a twinkle of passion should be the mystic sprite in the room, skipping just out of reach but inching ever closer, a constant inspiration to every audience and assignment...

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The Smart Syndicate

Three months ago, my friends Jake, Nick, Lauren and I were discussing syndicated angel investing and how it could work to create a bridge between interested, accredited investors and startups in need of cash and a very particular value-add beyond capital...

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The Importance of Transparency

Am I about to draw a parallel to today’s startup culture? Yes I am. I don’t believe anyone’s been snuffed on suspicion of failing to deliver on a product launch date or hitting a revenue expectation, but transparency in all aspects of starting up may be the most important cultural focus for a company going from one person with an idea to two or 500 employees...

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The Terminology We Choose To Know

Classroom education begins with the definition of a discipline. What is Biology? Sculpture? Economics? French? From that point forward you enter into a continual rhythm of acquiring new techniques and terms for specific areas of study and, eventually, work...

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We've Got It Simple

If people and firms do face a market of over-supply where everyone offers everything or a slice of what all of their competitors offer, then simple will be a distinguishing stripe for companies that win...

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Do You Want Your Receipt?

Do you need the toilet paper roll of barcodes that’s printed every time you go to CVS? How often do you go back to your personal ledger and even up your daily take in coffees from the receipts you're handed?

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