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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What's in store in 2016?

We were traveling in India until the second week of January so I’m late getting out these predictions. Of course, the benefit of being late is I got to read everyone else’s. Here is my attempt at predicting

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India bound

Emily and I are leaving for India tonight. The trip is the culmination of almost a year of planning and I'm excited to see how it unfolds. India is a country that has captured my imagination for 15 years and

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