The Importance of Honest Reviews

Twice in the past week, I heard stories about companies who failed themselves and their employees through flawed review processes. The cases were different situations inside different organizations, but the constructs were very similar. In each case, longstanding employees had

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Alexa

The overnight success years in the making that is the Amazon Echo is the topic of the month in technology circles. I purchased mine recently and joined the hundreds of thousands of others who have done the same. This makes

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Layoffs and Linearity

Sonos, who produces one of my very favorite hardware/software products, announced some layoffs yesterday after a solid decade of impressive growth. I bought the first Sonos v1.0 around 2005 back when there was no integrated search functionality and

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Problem solving in startups

Last night was the Oscars. A few weeks ago, Emily and I watched The Martian. It’s a good film and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys epic big motion picture stories. There’s a great scene at the

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The exit plan

For my first few years in venture capital, I generally reacted negatively to founders who included their exit plans in pitching their businesses to us. Usually, it happens towards the end of a pitch, after discussing the growth plan to

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Optionality

Through the life of a startup, from the earliest days through scaling the business, the more options available to a founder the better. I saw this firsthand in my time at Answers.com, Sphere and Outbrain. It was also true

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