I’m in the DC area today and getting 2-3 feet of snow dumped on me as I write this. Yay.
In other news, I’m starting to build a community around my 2016 tech tour. If you’re at any of the current cities (or know someone nearby), will you please share the link with them? If you RSVP to any of the cities now, you’ll be first to know when I lock down my schedule of events on the ground there. Also, I might buy you a beer (or pull one out of my fridge for you).
Oh, also, I opened something new this week.
TK was one of the first founders I ever invested in and it’s been a real pleasure to watch him grow personally and professionally. I have to admit, though, that I envy his ability to share his thoughts in such an articulate way. I have a ton of drafts that haven’t seen the light of day for quite some time now.
Look, the nature of work is changing. Our parents worked one job in their careers, we’ll likely work a few jobs in our careers and our children will likely work a few jobs simultaneously.
I spent some time in Tallahassee earlier this month (a stop along my on-going tech tour). It’s an interesting city with a forward-thinking mayor and a lot of smart people. One of those people wrote a brief summary of my talking points.
Accelerators have come a long, long way. I remember running 500 Startups earliest accelerator batches just a few short years ago. Earlier this week, they kicked off batch 16. While all that was happening, hundreds of other accelerators have popped up all over the world.
For the most part, it’s now harder to be accepted to an accelerator than ever. And it’s way, way, way harder to get into the best accelerators than ever. The bar is rising for everyone.
If more founders understood the business of venture capital, I’m convinced that founders would deliver less shitty pitches.
Personal finance really ought to be something we teach in high schools these days. I learned most of what I know from my friend Ramit’s blog: I will teach you to be rich.
Hey, it’s my hood! I grew up in Ashburn.
The irony, however, is that while 70% of the world’s internet traffic goes through Ashburn, you’d never know it if you looked at the jobs available locally.
I leave you with this: almost every major city has an Ashburn of it’s own. Suburbs that are 10-30 miles outside the urban center but filled with tech-enabled workers and entrepreneurs. The Brickyard is made for them.
In your professional life, try a lot of stuff. In your personal life, err on the side of “yes.” Actually, maybe do those things regardless of your personal or professional life.
As the father of a two year old, it’s been amazing to see her take in the world. (I know, everyone says that about their kids. You’ll know when you have one too.)
I hope she always asks questions. And I hope you do too.
Everyone talks about Unicorns but not everyone will get to invest in one. So why don’t we build our investment strategies around that fact?
Oh, right. Because investing in Unicorns is more fun than actually making money.
Have a great weekend!