Picking Winners is Hard

I was in the middle of reviewing some of our VC investment managers and I started to think about the difficulty VC managers have in finding and selecting good companies to invest in. Having worked with individual companies before, I can attest it is an extremely difficult task. Entrepreneurs have tough jobs too. For first-time entrepreneurs, starting a new company can be like driving a … Continue reading Picking Winners is Hard

We Need More Women In Venture Capital

It has been very interesting to read the many recent articles of prominent venture capitalists speaking out about the mistreatment of women in venture. Here we are in 2017, just 45 years after Congress passed Equal Rights for Women that outlined employers could no longer discriminate base on a person’s sex, and it is still a topic of conversation. Sigh… In the course of American … Continue reading We Need More Women In Venture Capital

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

My Recent Trip to Silicon Valley…..I mean Austin, Texas.

I had the opportunity to travel to Austin recently to check out the city and get a feel for the entrepreneurial landscape there. I had never been to Austin before and it just so happened that the weekend I was there was during South by Southwest (SXSW). I always knew SXSW was a big event, but I had no idea it had grown so large … Continue reading My Recent Trip to Silicon Valley…..I mean Austin, Texas.