E-mail Best Practices

20th April, 2015 No Comments Blog , Cornell Tech , CoVenture , Fundraising

E-mail is an oft-pilloried form of communication.  It’s sometimes tone-deaf.  There’s too much of it.  It’s not as immediate as texting or calling. I am reminded of a line attributed to Winston Churchill; “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others.”  Similarly, e-mail is flawed, but it’s often the best mode […]

Communication Best Practices

24th March, 2015 No Comments Blog , CoVenture , Fundraising

Communication is one of the most important skills in business; perhaps in life.  Recently, I saw David Tisch talk about communication best practices in a lecture at Cornell Tech.  I agreed with nearly everything he said and made me think someone should write a blog post on the topic.  He was kind enough to let […]

Staffing an Experiment: Selling Before Hiring

2nd March, 2015 No Comments CoVenture

Steve Blank, Eric Ries and others have observed that a startup is a fundamentally different type of organization than an established company.  Paraphrasing these observations:  an established company exists to deliver a product to customers as efficiently as possible, while a startup exists to determine what product to deliver, to whom and how.  I believe […]

Joining CoVenture

19th February, 2015 No Comments Blog

Today I am excited to announce that I have joined CoVenture as a Managing Partner.  CoVenture is an early-stage venture capital firm with a twist:  we develop software in exchange for equity.  We also invest small amounts of capital, around $25,000, in selected portfolio companies.  At the same time, CoVenture today announces the closing of […]

Assembling Your Board Dream Team

30th December, 2014 No Comments Blog

In a previous post, I wrote about how to have productive board meetings.  As noted in that post, a board is only as useful as its constituents.  This post provides some food for thought for those who are constructing a board.  It’s obviously not always possible to select all one’s board members, but I hope […]