Learning vs. Staying Informed: an Important Distinction in the Realm of New Ventures

Learning and staying informed are two different paradigms for receiving information and forming a view of the world. While staying informed is to some degree a necessary requirement of learning, on its own it is insufficient for dealing with new ventures. People that want to operate in the creative space of new ventures should aim … Continue reading Learning vs. Staying Informed: an Important Distinction in the Realm of New Ventures

Reclaiming the Meaning of Luxury

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Dictionary.com, respectively, define luxury as: noun: a condition of abundance or great pleasure and comfort noun: a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity As made apparent by these definitions, the noun luxury can refer to a condition or … Continue reading Reclaiming the Meaning of Luxury

Venture Capital Math and the Challenges of Small Markets

I've talked before about the dynamics surrounding venture capital funds. You can read that post here, but I'll run through a high-level refresher. Private investors commit money to venture capital funds hoping to get a large return on their investment Venture capitalists take the money in the fund and go out looking for promising startups to … Continue reading Venture Capital Math and the Challenges of Small Markets

What Are App Coins, and Do They Spell The End of Venture Capital?

This post, more so than any previous post, represents a compilation of unfinished thoughts. I have so many questions surrounding app coins (or "tokens", as some prefer to call them), and there don't seem to be many answers. The topic is a deep rabbit hole that lends itself to grandiose posturing on one side and … Continue reading What Are App Coins, and Do They Spell The End of Venture Capital?

A Brief Introduction to Blockchain Technology

What is blockchain technology? A quick search of "blockchain" on Crunchbase, the startup and investing data base, yields 304 unique results. Blockstream, a startup focused on improving blockchain technology, has raised $76 million in funding. Chain, the leading blockchain platform for enterprises, has raised more than $43 million. Factom, Gem, Elliptic, Storj, Funderbeam, and Colu are just … Continue reading A Brief Introduction to Blockchain Technology

A Venture Capitalist’s Most Valuable Asset

Statistically speaking, you have approximately the same odds of playing professional baseball as you do of becoming a venture capitalist. You hear the names of venture capital elite mentioned alongside the likes of Uber, Twitter, Snap Inc., Google, and almost every other disruptive tech company of the last twenty-five years. But what do venture capitalists actually do? … Continue reading A Venture Capitalist’s Most Valuable Asset