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Dealing With The Pessimist In the Room.

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:00:58 +0000

My wife Amy sent this HBR article – How to Handle the Pessimist on Your Team – to me. It’s almost a decade old but seems timeless. I’m an optimist. With rare exceptions (usually when I’m depressed), I can carry an optimistic view point about things (business, projects, humans, life, existence on this planet, my...

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Announcing Techstars AngelList Funds for Mentors and Alumni

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:00:21 +0000

A key ingredient of Techstars accelerator programs is our experienced and engaged mentor community. Mentors embrace the Techstars “Give First” philosophy by offering founders their time, advice, and connections. We treat mentorship seriously – you can read about it in our Mentor Manifesto and my blog series on the mentor manifesto. And, my book Give...

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The Ideal Financial Reporting Tempo For A VC-Backed Company

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:18:14 +0000

Over the past few days, I’ve had a similar conversation about reporting tempo with three different people (2 CFOs and 1 CEO). In each case, we snuck up on the issue, rather than starting with it. The fundamental question addressed what the reporting tempo to the board should be. A number of years ago, I decided to shift...

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Is 2017 The Year Of Flat Headcount?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:15:03 +0000

If you are growing at a rate of less than 50% year over year, you should consider viewing 2017 as the year of flat headcount. As budgets are settling down and getting approved for many of the companies I’m on the board of, I’m seeing a general trend of much less headcount growth in 2017 than in...

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The Three Machines

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:49:38 +0000

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. While this activity varies by stage, in many cases the leadership team expands to a large (greater than six) number of people, there become two executive teams (the C-Team and the E-Team), the CEO gets sucked into endless distractions and working...

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Help Launch Gaza’s First Coding Academy

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:19:21 +0000

Several months ago I agreed to be part of a funding campaign for Gaza Sky Geeks. This is an organization that we had previously supported through the Techstars Foundation, which is how I was introduced to them. The goal was simple – provide enough funding for a generator for the organization. I can’t remember what the first...

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Origin Stories

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:51:40 +0000

I love origin stories. Some of them glorify entrepreneurship in a way that makes them challenging to parse, as the struggles of our heroines and heroes gets romanticized in a way that tastes sugary sweet. But, when they are written in first person, unedited, on a blog, they are often delicious in a tasty and fulfilling way. Jud...

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A Full Day At CES

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:51:52 +0000

Pro Tip: If you are at CES today and want to connect, I’ll be hanging out at Eureka Park from 11am this morning (Friday) when I’m on a panel about diversity until I leave the premises at 2:30. My dad and I left the Venetian yesterday at 8:30am to head over to the Las Vegas Convention...

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Empty Out Your Junk Drawer

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:21:03 +0000

Everyone has a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. One of mine is to the left. So does every company. It’s now often referred to as “Labs” (as an homage to the infamous Google Labs which was disbanded in 2011.) We’ve seen a lot of companies spin up a Labs as a way to try to...

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Entrepreneurship Is Intellectual Immigration

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:25:19 +0000

At the MIT Celebration of 50 Years of Entrepreneurship in November, I heard a number of fantastic lines that have stuck with me. One of them was from Noubar Afeyan. “Entrepreneurship is intellectual immigration.” As I sat in an audience of about 200 extremely accomplished MIT graduates spanning over 50 years, I thought to myself “he just...

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