The rise of the Sharing Economy will change the way we think about personal investment portfolios. This essay will explore the dynamics of personal investing, the nature of the Sharing Economy, and the relationship between the two. First, what is a personal investment portfolio? A personal investment portfolio is just stuff that you own that … Continue reading Investing in the Sharing Economy
Startups live and die by the new hire. The marginal impact of a new hire decreases as the total number of employees increases, so young companies experience incredible volatility with good and bad hires. A startup's first few employees will largely determine whether or not the company reaches its growth potential. How do you make good hires? … Continue reading Aligning Motivations
I'm about to travel to England for the first time. My previous international excursions have been to Mexico, Jamaica, and Bangladesh. In honor of my first trip to Europe, I decided to write a feature on European startup hubs and discuss some of the unique challenges and dynamics that startups face in Europe. I've pulled … Continue reading European Startup Hubs
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
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
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
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?
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
The other day, I saw an advertisement for an on-demand dog walking service. Not to offend the founders, investors, or fans of Rover the on-demand dog walking service, but the idea seemed preposterous to me. Does this count as innovation? Is Rover actually a technology startup? Do people realize that tacking an "on-demand" onto the … Continue reading Is Your Startup Idea Good, Bad, or Ugly?
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