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
We do not have family in Gaza or Israel, but some friends, colleagues, and students do. When they suffer, I suffer. A friend has two relatives who are hostages, one a 12 year-old girl (see below). Another has a cardiologist who has lost 23 family members when a building in Gaza was bombed. During drives
We’re happy to announce that our family angel program (back 80+ entrepreneurs over eight years and donate all gains to charity; details here) has invested in Apprenta and Clay Ridge Capital. They are our 27th and 28th investments (portfolio here). Apprenta is not yet saying much about what they’re doing and so there’s not much
“You’re about to burn out and should do some self-care.” That’s what my life coach, Fr. Bill Brown, told me last December. It was all self-inflicted but having two jobs was taking a toll. I have not taken extended time off since 1995, and so, I decided to take a one-month sabbatical in Montana to
What a day! I haven’t been back for HBS graduation since my own decades ago. But yesterday Mrs. T. and I went, and I am so glad we did. We’ve become quite close to a person whom we met before she went to HBS, and so, we wanted to be there to see her graduate.
It took a small miracle, two laptops, five hours, and a savvy daughter to tell me what to do, but we scored Taylor Swift tickets when they were put on sale. Last night was the show, and we had a great time. My daughter’s friend joined us, and it was a lot of fun to
Matthew Desmond is a Princeton professor with some interesting and timely takes on poverty. He has been making the podcast rounds for his recent book, Poverty, by America, in which discusses the many ways that poverty is in the USA has been persistent. He also makes the point that many resources that could alleviate poverty