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Upfront 2017

I’m just getting going for Day 3 of Upfront hospitality here in Los Angeles. Upfront puts together their summit for the benefit of their LPs, entrepreneurs, and broader ecosystem. They do a hell of a job. It’s become a must-attend event for LPs and GPs alike. That’s saying something. You don’t get this many busy…

2017 – Off at a dead sprint!

It feels like this year has gone off at a dead sprint.  Perhaps it is seasonal cyclicality and I will see it every year but it’s very noticeable to me right now.  I think everyone caught up/saved up over the holidays and came out ready to rock.  I’ve seen a measurable increased inbound on both…

A tough election and a harder reflection

It was 3:36AM when I checked my phone. I know there are many things wrong with checking your phone at that time but I did it anyway. Then, I honestly didn’t believe the Slack messages from my partners. I went to the WSJ to see for myself. I was wide awake at this point. We…

Venture Optimism

I think I’ve got the fever. I woke up at 5AM on Saturday morning thinking obsessively about fundraising tips and tricks to share with my GPs. More on that later. My spinning wheels are a reflection of my last few days in SF. Michael Kim and SVB put together a great event focused on small…

Why mum’s the word in the LP world….

A few of the possible reasons LPs do not shout from the roof-tops! – or even provide good feedback… Benefit Many LPs would ask you what is the benefit?  Why speak out?  I’m overwhelmed with interesting deal flow and the last thing I need to do is generate YMI (yet more inbound)?  Why do this at…

A Human User Interface….with lots of quirks

  In information technology, the user interface (UI) is everything designed into an information device with which a human being may interact. I’ve borrowed that phrase to describe my interactions with other humans too. A human user interface encompassing personality, cultural, emotional and even physical qualities. It’s a fun way for me to describe people…

Transition

The transition is nearly complete. And funny enough the stress level has never been higher. It’s been a year since we firmly decided to leave Austin and move to Boulder. It was something we had been talking about for at least a year before we committed to it. Then we told our friends in January….

Boulder or Bust.

I’ve been going to Boulder since the Summer of 1980 when my grandparents took me to visit my Uncle Tom Ellison. I doubt they made the Grateful Dead show that summer but I’m betting my uncle did! My mother’s only sibling, Tom moved to Boulder from Austin and bought a farm out by Boulder Reservoir…

Why Foundry Group Next?

The Path and the Process As I considered my next path after UTIMCO, I went through a series of considerations that revolved around some fundamental questions: What are my strengths? Where does my passion lie? Who are my people?   First, I sought out the intersection of the first two:  My strengths and my passion….