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 Finmark. It is our 18th investment so far (portfolio here). Co-Founders Rami Essaid and Greg Lissy are experienced and very thoughtful. I met Greg through the The Reflective Leader
I think people are a lot like software versions. As we grow, change, and develop, we become a different version of ourselves. We can take the best parts of v. 1.0, leave behind the worse parts, and add on new “features” for v. 2.0. Sometimes, the change is voluntary, due to a new job, going
Luck or Skill?
It’s a small world, and I happen to know two of the Lyft executive team members. They joined when the company was at a later stage and helped it scale to the IPO. I’m happy for them. At dinner with a few of my children, we talked about the IPO and how a sudden rainfall
Angel Investment: LUMO.com
I’m excited to announce that we’ve made our first family investment from our angel program, which is in LUMO.com. Founder Brian Murrihy has a great background and vision to propel innovation in a heretofore sleepy area, the pets accessories space. He has designed a new grooming brush. Mrs. T. and I really like Brian’s talents
A friend holds a senior admissions position at an Old Ivy. Every year, they’re flooded with applications, and the work load sounds crushing. “It’s OK, though,” my friend said. “Reading these applications gives me hope.” The reason is that there are so many young people doing great things and, upon graduation, are unleashed onto the
The IPO Party
I am very grateful to Todd Brennan for inviting me to a party. It was fun, and I learned much. Todd co-founded Bit9, now called Carbon Black (prior post here). To celebrate the company’s recent IPO, he invited the other founders, founding engineers and early executives to a dinner. I’ve known Todd for a while.