I am an entrepreneur, angel investor, and early-stage VC living and working in New York City.

 

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Dublin Web Summit 2015: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Well, that’s a wrap folks: after five years of fast growth, punishing price gouging, and Clinton-era internet access, the Web Summit will be swapping white pudding from Dublin for wood-fired seafood in Lisbon in 2016. Lets’ take a look at the good, bad, and…

Five Tips on How to Properly Close a Funding Round

So you have all your ‘soft commitments.’ Most potential investors have signed their docs. A few – but not most – have wired…and the deadline to close is coming in a few days. What do you do? Here are a few tips for how…

Tips on Maximizing Business Development Trips as an Entrepreneur

Business development is necessary but expensive, particularly for very early stage startups on a shoestring budget. So what are ways you can maximize your effectiveness on your trip? When maximizing every second on business development trips  as an entrepreneur, I focus on three factors:…

Key Don’ts for Startup Founders Seeking Investment

Key Don’ts for Startup Founders Seeking Investment

The more I think about my reasons for investing, I find it often comes down to my reasons for not investing. Many founders I meet, through one action or the other, set off one of my tics that makes me check out and pass…

Ultra Cheap Travel Tips for Startup Founders

Ultra Cheap Travel Tips for Startup Founders

That $10 million Series A may be coming down the pipe soon, but until then you have to squeeze value from every penny. Having now experienced “startup business” travel for the last four years or so, I have some ultra cheap travel tips for…

5 Ways to Be a Helpful Angel Investor

5 Ways to Be a Helpful Angel Investor

The annual Midas List may be filled with the biggest name VCs, but I firmly believe that the strongest startups ubiquitously begin with ardent support from capable and helpful angel investors. Sadly, many current angel investors choose not to lift a finger to help…

Smart Technology for Toys Can Revolutionize How Children Learn and Develop

smart technology for toys

Technology is now revolutionizing an industry that was long one of the most resistant to its wiles: the wonderful world of toys. Spurred by smart technology, interactive voice, and adaptive learning powered by IBM Watson, the newest toys have the potential to completely change…

Digital Hyperlocal Means you can Stay Local while Traveling

travel apps

Two of the most exciting trends of the 2000s, digital and hyperlocal, are now blending together in 2015, with an increasing number of apps, startups, and re-forming companies helping travelers use their tech tools to gain immediate local flavor and an enhanced experience while…

Can Technology Change the Dialogue Around Sexual Content?

Make Love Not Porn

In the early 1980s, Ronald Reagan announced that it was a “new morning in America.” It was also a new dawn for conservatism, dramatically shutting down the free love and sexual expression of the 1960s and 1970s. This, in turn meant that, through Web…

How to Spot the Ethically-Challenged Entrepreneur

How to Spot the Ethically-Challenged Entrepreneur

Despite its reputation for fast-talking entrepreneurs, fast-moving investors, and horror stories of angels left choking on the dust of others’ glory, the startup world is built, fundamentally, on an unwritten code of ethics. In a world where little is verifiable, real numbers are hard…

Impact Investing without ‘Impact Investing’

Career Calling: Are You After Money, Power, or Happiness?

I think of myself as an Impact Investor. I think of myself that way because I clearly look for companies that are pursuing large, transformational opportunities with global implications. I don’t care about stage or sector, I care only about founder(s)’ quality and potential…

The Evolution of Texting and Its Potential Impact on Business

texting

Back to the future? In the aftermath of the app revolution, its good old texting that has the capability of revolutionizing business and its communication with customers. When the iPhone came out, every business had to integrate with top applications or, better yet, have…

Winter Fundraising Tips for Seed-Stage Startups

Key Don’ts for Startup Founders Seeking Investment

In several years of angel investing, one thing I have consistently noticed is the propensity for startups to start raises right around Thanksgiving, with the expectation of closing before Christmas. Although they sometimes succeed – and have a far highly likelihood of doing so…

Social Litigation to Produce Societal Change

Justice Investor

“We’re not anti-police, we’re anti-police brutality,” said Reverend Al Sharpton; right at the center of the social litigation debate and one of the most gripping debates in the country today: the role of police in society.  The technology world is wading into the battle:…

Purpose-Driven Work: Helping People Find Their Calling

purpose-driven

‘Work with purpose’ is an old phrase being given new meaning in today’s world, with a whole new class of technology devoted to helping people identify ways to create purpose-driven work and make them work better. The fascinating part is: the competing theories rarely…

Slush 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Finland Startups: Slush 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Finland in November: a time for sunbathing, nightclubbing, endless walks in the park…well perhaps not. But, the organizers of Slush do throw an excellent conference and, fresh off my first Slush experience, I thought I’d cover the good, the bad, and the ugly. The…