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I Don’t Accept This Apology

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:03:46 +0000

I don’t believe that one starts an apology with the sentence “The past 24 hours have been the darkest of my life.” In my world, the apology is to another person. It’s not a tone setting exercise, or a plea for sympathy, for the one making the apology. I was fuming after seeing the public...

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Munger’s Psychology of Human Misjudgment

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:31:32 +0000

I’m a huge Charlie Munger fan. I spent the weekend stewing on a few things, including why human beings do what they do. Andrew Wilkinson sent me this animated and abridged video of a famous Charlie Munger speech called The Psychology of Human Misjudgment. It’s well worth a quiet 15 minutes of your day to...

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A Clever Short Story About Discrimination

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:23:45 +0000

On May 23rd, I got an email from one of my favorite sci-fi writers (and close friend) Eliot Peper. It was titled “My very first scifi short story” and said: “David Cohen shared the idea that inspired this story. I drafted it last week. Thought you might enjoy and would love to hear what you...

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Happy 24th Anniversary Amy

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:49:10 +0000

Happy Anniversary Amy. We’ve been together for 27 years and we’ve been married for 24 of them. It amazes me that you put up with me. I look forward to spending as many years together as we get on this planet. And, if we are lucky, some technology will get created before we vanish that...

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Join My Chorus Marathon Team

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:28:14 +0000

I’m going to run my next marathon in October. I haven’t chosen it yet, but I’m getting close to deciding which one I want to do. And – I’m looking for some help on my training. Early this year, we invested in Dick Costolo’s new company, Chorus. Some of you know Dick from Twitter, where...

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Lessons From The Internet Bubble: Growth vs. Profitability

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:04 +0000

Over the weekend, Mark Suster and Fred Wilson each put up awesome posts discussing the idea of profitability in startups. Mark’s is a master class about how to look at the financial characteristics of a startup and Fred’s discusses what he’s been working on with some of his more mature companies. They are both worth...

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My Parents Wedding 54 Years Ago

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:17:34 +0000

My parents have been married for 54 years today. That’s 19,710 days. Mom / Dad – happy anniversary! Your relationship is an inspiration to me. You have set an incredible example of a full and equal partnership that I know has deeply influenced my approach to my marriage with Amy. I also know that it...

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Verizon – I Can’t Hear You Now

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:13:46 +0000

My cell phone experience is so fucking miserable. As I drove home last night and tried to have a conversation, I had five drops during a 30-minute drive from downtown Boulder to my house on the edge of Boulder and Longmont. When I drive into my office this morning, on exactly the same route, I...

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Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:18:30 +0000

I’ve met and emailed with many pre-seed and seed GPs in the past year. Over sushi last night with two of them, who are also long-time friends, one of them asked me “Brad, how do you think we are differentiated?” This generated a rant from me that went something like this. There are over 500...

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Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:26:40 +0000

Today Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) announced their support for Global EIR, a cause for which I care deeply. As you may know, over breakfast in 2015 Jeff Bussgang and I launched Global EIR with the hope of advancing the startup visa effort on a local and state level after it stalled in Congress. Since then,...

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