Estimote

In June of this year, I had one of those incredible experiences working in technology where you see or hear something and know that the world has changed. It happened while I was sitting in bed at home, watching Apple’s WWDC conference, having just finished the developer session on a new framework called iBeacon. Later […]

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Startup Myths

There are tons of startup myths out there.  To some extent, startups have a mystique that you don’t really understand until you work inside one. And though, as an industry, tech is so forward-thinking and social, unfortunately its echo chamber often drowns out what’s really important. Many key startup learnings simply aren’t shared. This is […]

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The Wave not Ridden and Living Fearless

You will experience moments of debilitating fear in startups and in life. Fear that hits unexpectedly and with varying intensity. A competitor launches, a deal falls through, or you know what? it’s just been fucking cloudy for the last week, and you don’t feel right. Whatever it is. It will happen. In tech startups when […]

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Founder / Employee Fit

The term “product / market fit” has quickly entrenched in to the lexicon of web startups as a litmus test for having achieved a repeatable, scalable business pattern. This term is so useful, and so ingrained in startup culture today that derivative “fit”  phrases have cropped up—e.g. David Lee looks for “founder / market fit” […]

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Startups as a Career and Transparency on Equity Grants

Generally speaking, there’s a major lack of transparency around startup equity in the tech world. Often the people who can write about options and salary are VCs / founders who feel they are too dirty to share or can’t properly obscure individuals and stories. It feels like most conversations about equity and pay stay between […]

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Innovation at GroupMe and Skype

In November of 2010, just 9 months ago, I wrote a post on TechCrunch about application layer disruption in telecom and messaging, called Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice. At the end of the post I wrote: There is simply no doubt that the future of voice and messaging is with companies innovating at […]

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I’m Joining GroupMe! #)

It’s with incredible excitement that I announce I’m joining GroupMe as their first full time Business Development hire. I met Jared and Steve shortly after the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in April 2010, where they took agile development to a new level, releasing a beautiful product over the course of a weekend. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the service, […]

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Want to Break into Startups or VC?

Quick post for people reading this blog who are interested in breaking into tech startups, venture capital, meeting the key folks in these fields etc. Single most important piece of advice without a doubt: start blogging… asap. Earlier this year I reached out to Chris Dixon with similar advice on VC, startups, etc. Chris told […]

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