SayingNo

Why do investors say no? The Startup Genome project knows…

This article originally appeared on Seattle 2.0 Early-stage investors (disclosure: I’m one of them) are famous for saying ‘no’. Entrepreneurs seeking capital will spend hours building PowerPoint decks, crafting emails and asking friends for introductions to prospective investors, only to receive an inbox full of one-line ‘thanks but no thanks’ replies. And that’s when they continue…

Arab_Spring

Carlson’s Law, Software Innovation and Venture Capital

Tom Friedman’s editorial in today’s New York Times cited “Carlson’s Law”, a framework advanced by Curtis Carlson, the C.E.O. of SRI International: “‘In a world where so many people now have access to education and cheap tools of innovation, innovation that happens from the bottom up tends to be chaotic but smart. Innovation that happens from continue…

SlowDown

Taking the long(er) view

Patience is not my middle name.  As the youngest of three kids I was always in a hurry to grow up so I could do whatever the big kids were doing. And since there’s always someone older, faster, smarter, richer and better-looking than me (especially that last one), there’s never been a natural brake on continue…