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13TH April 2019

Business Tricks - Entrepreneur - Leftovers - Platforms - Timeless - Uncategorized

We are the Factory

I’ve spent the last two years super optimized on one platform- I can’t believe the increased efficiency, and the decreased anxiety of this move. I credit Don Dalrymple. First, about my work: I mentor startup founders, and I am quite active in that role. Which means I have to be able to plug and play into their systems seamlessly. I do not, hell I can not dictate which conference line to use, which product management tool, which crm, etc. I have to adapt, quickly, to whatever they choose. It used to be maddening, but I flipped that; now I enjoy the challenge of learning how they communicate by diving in quickly, so we can get to the real stuff. Which meant my stuff had to be super organized. It wasn’t. […]

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05TH April 2019

Angel Investor - Incubator - Leftovers - Social - Timeless - Uncategorized

Happy Collisions are actually a Developers Mantra

I don’t write about real estate much- I don’t invest there. But I wanted to write about Clay Fowler and Spinnaker, who have another project going up, along the I-95 corridor in Norwalk- you can’t miss it. I completely love his philosophy of design and space, where he goes out of his way to encourage interesting, curious people from different walks of life to have space for “happy collisions” on a regular basis. I’ve lived and done business in his buildings- which have done a lot to make Sono the cool place it has been for… 20+ years. And each time I return there, I find something new and different. A bakery inspired by Martha’s kitchen. A pool table in the lobby of an office building. A rooftop with community […]

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22TH March 2019

Food - Leftovers - Social - Timeless - Uncategorized

A Diet should include ANYTHING you consume.

We did a Whole 30 diet this year… plantains seemed to be the most appreciated Whole 30 hack… I probably ate too many of them. But otherwise, I learned to have a discerning eye for labels, looking for sugar, additives and sneaky stuff I had never noticed before. So, with a little self control, I was pretty much able to regulate anything that entered my body… But with all this effort around regulating what goes into our body, what about what goes into the mind… “George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure […]

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07TH March 2019

Angel Investor - Family Office - Leftovers - Social - Timely - Uncategorized

Update on the Devils Lettuce

The NY Times had a recent feature on the family behind Charlotte’s Web. Yes, a family story, about the family business. It’s truly amazing how legitimized the industry is becoming, while Opioids have become the pain management whipping boy – this Samantha Bee takedown is epic, and hilarious. I’ve watched from a distance as the cannabis market has growth it’s way across the US and Canada. Well, actually, Canada is totally covered at this point. And it looks like the states are smelling the tax revenue. (I have one CBD investment I manage, and no relationship with the substance in question). I’m not sure where all the health concerns, gateway arguments, and the like pan out, but I’m fascinated by the history of cannabis and the US. I’ also rewarded […]

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24TH October 2016

culture - Family and Friends - Food - Good Story - Leadership - Leftovers - Parenting - Uncategorized

Henkleman and Homestead; Elevated Sense and Soul

Henkleman is rated as one of the top ten restaurants in the US. But that doesn’t begin to tell the story. Really.

The place has a soul. A soul that can’t be conjured from a snappy logo, a celebrity chef, or a burst of social marketing

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25TH May 2016

Angel Investor - Creative problem Solving - Entrepreneur - Family Office - Leftovers - Timely - Uncategorized - Vision

Protected: Times are changing… so cue the Gummies

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29TH April 2014

Adventure - Entrepreneur - Leftovers - sport - Timeless - Uncategorized

Comparing marathons, over 30-some years

I’ll complete my first marathon this summer, on a challenge from my wife- woohoo. Ok, technically, I started the marathon in 1984 when I ran 13 miles in upstate VT, and I’ll finish it off in June of 2014 with another 13 in Fairfield, CT. But there’s no real statute of limitations to complete the run, at least none that I’ve found. This feat of course pales in every respect when compared to the exemplary angel/marathoner Brad Feld, who is attempting to run 50 (real) marathons in 50 states, I guess sometime before he dies. He talks about his progress with running here. No word on his ultimate deadline but for the sake of angels and entrepreneurs everywhere, I hope that deadline is not approaching anytime soon. I read about […]

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31TH July 2013

culture - Leftovers - Legends and tales - Mobile - Social - Timely - Trust Cloud

#Weiner, Trust and our digital worlds

“This was done in the privacy of my own home” says NYC Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner about his recent social media escapades in this YouTube. Quaint, but utterly disconnected with the world around him, and how it works. Why the disconnect? The world has changed (well, we added another, parallel one). Think of it like this: if you wink at someone across the table, it’s likely going to be private or at least defensible under “he said, she said”. If you tweet your groin from the privacy of your home IT IS NOT private. Flash a favorite finger to the jerk that cut you off in traffic: likely private. Wake up in a gutter: likely private. Post the evenings fall from grace: not private. Why is this so? So here is the […]

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07TH May 2013

Angel investing - Business Tricks - Creative problem Solving - Food - Leadership - Leftovers - Mojiva - Operative - Timeless - Trust Cloud - Venture Capital

An Entrepreneur’s Diet: Ramen & PBJ

Being an entrepreneur is a lumpy business at best. And while I’ve written extensively about the mortality rate (95%), I’ve never written about how hard it is along the way for those 5% destined for greatness. It ain’t easy, and it ain’t easy on everyone. This is a basket of Ramen Noodles and Peanut Butter, presented on my Birthday by a very appropriate, thoughtful entrepreneur I backed; Xin Chung. Xin certainly has the moral authority to present the gift: he was liberated from Saigon as a child, spent time in an internment camp, and grew up in Valdez Alaska before settling into SoCal and pursuing his dreams as an entrepreneur. He is now Founder and CEO of TrustCloud which has emerged from a “walk in the wilderness” with 10k passionate users and a growing […]

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29TH April 2011

Business Tricks - Leftovers - sport - Vision

A huge edge for angels & start-ups: Learn to Guess!

Beach volleyball taught me something very valuable in angel investing: how to guess. I’ve been playing since the mid-90′s, when I discovered an open court in Aruba and fell in with an old Choate pal, Nick Webb, who ran Connecticut’s largest tourneys at Sherwood Island. For those not familiar, beach volleyball is a game of two-on-two, played on a regulation sand court. The balls are served and slammed at incredible velocity, and the reaction times are akin to those of a  baseball player at bat. There’s nowhere to hide, and only one partner to save you. Many volleys take a Herculean effort to keep alive; no wonder most beach volley players end up in pretty good shape. One great example is defensing a good hitter. My partner would generally block, […]

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