10/9/19 edit: VMware has acquired Carbon Black for $2.1 billion. So, we will increase the number of startups we will back. After Carbon Black went public, Mrs. T. and I had some discussions. What should we do with my personal winnings (I co-led the first institutional round when it was called Bit9; details here and
The Big Move
Just dropped off Maddie Tango at the airport. Am so proud of her as she starts a new job in California! She didn’t “settle” on either geography or job and turned down some great offers. She received her opportunity after untold networking Zoom sessions. I tried not to shed tears at the airport (failed miserably).
Silicon Valley Bank and the Aftermath
Geez. Where is the floor? #svb at $60 one hour ago pic.twitter.com/6qOBTu2BSW — Jo Tango (@jtangoVC) March 10, 2023 SVB. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank is something I am still processing, honestly. I know many good people at the bank and, a long time ago, served on one of their Advisory Boards. It was
Some Non-Fiction Books I Recommend, Part 3
It’s a wonderful time of the year: I have free time. We recently just had our annual meeting with our Limited Partners, and HBS is very nearly about to start spring break. So, for the next week, I have some slack time, and I’m looking forward to doing some local fly fishing and some reading.
Why I Teach
When a beloved Professor at HBS asked me if I’d consider coming back to teach part-time, I didn’t know what to say. But I did my due diligence. I contacted about a dozen current and former instructors. “What was the best part of being at HBS?” I asked. “The students,” each and every single person
Note to My Students: A Reflection on Time
(Periodically, I send a note to my students. Here’s one from this morning.) So, I’m at my HBS office this Saturday morning. It is a wonderful time to decompress and prep. No one is around, the sun is just starting to glimmer, and the chilly morning air sharpened my senses as I walked across an
I read Bertrand Cooper’s interesting essay today in The Times: “I Escaped Poverty, but Hunger Still Haunts Me.” As I’ve written before, for a period in my childhood, I went hungry. And, I’ve never forgotten that gnawing feeling. When you’re eight years old, you don’t know what “normal” is, as you have no perspective. You