Self S.W.O.T Analysis

At the end of each year I like to reflect on things I’d like to improve on in the following year. As such, I’ve decided to perform a SWOT analysis on myself to thoroughly assess where I am and where I want to go. A SWOT is an acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. No matter the industry, all businesses and organizations regularly perform … Continue reading Self S.W.O.T Analysis

Incremental Progress + Purposeful Preparation = Positive Outcomes

I’m not big on clichés, but there are a few mottoes I live by that I believe have helped me quite a bit in life. I won’t list all of them here, but here are two I believe are worthy of sharing publicly. Motto #1: Incremental Progress Incremental progress is a methodology I adopted when I started learning Spanish 3 years ago. In short, incremental … Continue reading Incremental Progress + Purposeful Preparation = Positive Outcomes

The Importance of Validating Your Assumptions

In any given week I might have meetings with 5 to 10 different companies. Most of these companies are early-stage in nature and are often seeking one of two things: Advice and/or capital. If I had to guess, I’d say 10% are seeking advice, 85% are seeking capital, and just 5% are seeking both. For the overwhelming majority of those that are just seeking capital I … Continue reading The Importance of Validating Your Assumptions

I Love Writing About Startups

I have spent this entire week writing an investment report about one of our portfolio companies we are in the process of investing in. Obviously, I like writing because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be spending my Sunday afternoon writing about report writing. Leisurely writing is different from writing an investment report that will eventually be distributed to an investment committee and subsequently to investors. … Continue reading I Love Writing About Startups

Money is a Commodity – “You” Are Your Greatest Asset

I had a conversation with an aspiring entrepreneur this week about her company’s need for capital and how she thought I could help. I’ll admit, I am not that fond of her idea, but I was somewhat intrigued at how open she was about her struggle with convincing others to believe in her. I actually never told her whether I thought the idea was good … Continue reading Money is a Commodity – “You” Are Your Greatest Asset

The Power of Focus

One of the hardest things for people to do is “focus.” In today’s fast-moving world it seems even harder because there are so many things that distract us from focusing on the things that really matter. Distractions are inevitable. But I think people who are able to limit (or completely eliminate) the number of distractions in their lives seem to be the most successful. My … Continue reading The Power of Focus

Key Takeaways From the Week – V2

As I reflect on the week, there were a number of things that happened (both good and not so good) that I think could make for some great blog posts. I have managed to narrow it down to three key takeaways that I think are universally applicable to almost anyone. Here goes nothing: Key Takeaway #1: Using Constraint Analysis to Identify Areas for Improvement in your … Continue reading Key Takeaways From the Week – V2

People Skills vs Technical Skills – Which is Better?

I meet with many different kinds of people every day of the work week. I specify the “work week” because it’s usually only in business meetings that I closely analyze people the way that I do. When I have in-person meetings, I subliminally but deliberately watch the way people sit, the way they clasp or hold their holds, their eye movements, the way the sit … Continue reading People Skills vs Technical Skills – Which is Better?