The List: An Approach to Maintaining Your Professional Network

26th May, 2015 No Comments Blog

David Blanke and I got to talking over lunch recently. He had left Sailthru and was thinking about his next gig, spending a lot of time meeting with people, primarily CEOs and investors, who could help him identify and weigh his options.  Like most busy startup (and other) executives, Dave hadn’t devoted as much time […]

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 […]