I on Friday read with great sadness about Tom Stemberg’s death. I recalled my last two interactions with him. One was puzzling and the other was comforting. Let me explain. Shortly after announcing that I wanted to quit my job and start a new VC firm, I ran into Tom. “Why leave?” he asked. “It’s
I’m really looking forward to Friday’s Mass TLC UnConference. It is one of my favorite events of the year. In case you’ve never been to it, I think you should go. There is a host of 1:1 mentoring sessions with other entrepreneurs, angel investors, and VCs. And, there is a series of speaking topics that
I just bought this cool t-shirt. It’s about perseverance. #199 is where Tom Brady was drafted. To this day, he has a chip on his shoulder to prove the draft experts that they were wrong. Below, or here, is a video documenting the challenges Brady had to overcome, not just during Draft Day, but in high
I’m in a stretch of awaking at 3 am to 4 am many mornings. I am an early riser, but, when I have a lot going on at work, I become an even more pronounced “early to bed, early to rise” person. (We are very busy, as many companies are approaching us for funding.) Arising early is actually helpful
Last night, I grabbed drinks with Andrew Lau. Today, I visited with David Chang at the Harvard Innovation Lab. (I joked with my partners that this week is Chinese Entrepreneurs Week). I really enjoyed both meetings. Each conversation was super-direct, really interesting, and incredibly valuable. Maybe that’s because I’ve known each of them for some time.
I chatted with a friend, who has decided to close down his start-up. He worked on it for a few years, underwent a major pivot, and, in the end, realized, it wasn’t going to work out. All this while having his first child, too. He is closing down the company. He called me to ask for