One of the things I used to struggle with early on in my career was keeping things in perspective. I remember one of my earlier managers telling me “to never get too high on my highs or too low on my lows.” Thinking back, this was really good advice that I’ve learned to apply in many … More Keeping Things In Perspective
I went to San Francisco last week to attend the Angel Capital Association (ACA) conference. ACA hosts several smaller conferences throughout the year, but the larger, annual conference is held just once a year usually in a cool city that everyone wants to go to. The purpose of the conference was for angel investors, entrepreneurs, … More Unconscious Bias and its Affect on Women and People of Color in Tech
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 … More I Love Writing About Startups
One of the hardest things for some entrepreneurs to do is admit failure and move on. I view it as a sign of maturity and business intelligence, but all too often, many entrepreneurs do not see it that way. But the better question is “How do you know when it’s time to let go?” It’s … More Saying “Goodbye” to Your Startup
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 … More Money is a Commodity – “You” Are Your Greatest Asset
Every entrepreneur who’s ever been through the experience of raising money knows it is not easy. Not only is it not easy, at times it can be very humbling. Especially when you believe wholeheartedly in your idea and you have to beg and plead with other people to believe in your idea as well. While … More Is having access to too much upfront capital bad for entrepreneurs?
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 … More The Power of Focus