The vegetable plate was the only item at the Starbucks near my gate I can eat. First of all, it was literally the only food item I could eat since I’m trying to avoid gluten. I’m from Boulder after all. And we, in Boulder, avoid gluten, alongside other curiosities, like sugar, high heel shoes, GMO foods, nail polish on our fingers (toes are okay though), and carbon emissions. But today I can’t eat the gluten-laden muffins and croissants of Starbucks even if I wanted to because I can’t open my jaw wide enough to get my toothbrush all the way in. See I had dental surgery last week, a cracked wisdom tooth resulting from a large filling, and a few years of grinding in my sleep. The temporary crown back there is rougher than my other teeth, and is supposed to get replaced with the permanent crown 3 days from now. It’s doubtful I’ll be keeping that appointment since I can’t even yawn, as this complication with my crown surgery has put me in considerable pain. And for some stupid reason, I feel like toughing out the pain rather than taking ibuprofen. So… I’ve bitten the tip off the pointy cherry tomato foot and am sucking the juice out because I can’t open my mouth any wider.Read More »
I’ve known the founders of Simple Energy, Yoav Lurie & Justin Segall since 2011, when they accepted my offer to go through the Techstars program in Boulder. Back then, they were driven, focused, intelligent, and passionate about changing the face of the energy industry. I was hooked. Over the years, I stayed in touch with the founders, watching them evolve from a startup to a well-run company whose customer base features some of the country’s largest energy utility companies. They had raised a bunch of capital from investors like us (Techstars), Vision Ridge, and Westley Group.Read More »
On Monday, I walked into my office to find it filled, and I do mean filled to head height, with balloons. Check out the video of us frolicking in my balloon office.
Wait, what? Who would do such a thing?Read More »
At Techstars, through our accelerator programs, we work with close to 400 companies a year across 5 continents. Through Startup Weekend and Startup Week, – the numbers are in the thousands of companies. But yet we can’t help them all.
However when two of our mentors told me they were writing a book on the topic, I got excited – because content does scale. Every company could be helped by their book.
The book is The Startup Playbook, and the two mentors are Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman. Between the two of them, they’ve run almost 15 companies, with 6 exits, 2 IPOs, dozens of investments – they’ve seen close to ‘it all’.
They’ve tried to encapsulate their learnings into a book that starts from even before the seed of an idea. It starts by asking the question of whether a startup is right for you. Then, it drops into building out an idea, assembling a team, raising money, and the on-going execution.
It’s a refreshing book that sides with entrepreneurs and shares that perspective. If you are a founder or on a startup team, I highly recommend you grab a copy*. You might walk away with some new insights that will change the trajectory of your business. On sale this week only for $.99 at Amazon!
*Disclaimer for the cynics out there: I do not get affiliate sales from this – I just think Raj & Will’s book is THAT GOOD.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the word connectivity.
In tech, we use the word ‘connectivity’ to talk about our devices – how our devices connect to the internet and to each other. As one who travels a lot, connectivity is my tether to work and home. I can survive without my cell connection, but sever my data connection and much is lost. I can’t check my email, I can’t work, I can’t see if that company’s round is closing or what startups we decided to invest in or sign that board agreement. I can’t FaceTime or text with my kids, can’t see the news, can’t check in on Twitter or Facebook. I have no idea what’s happening in the world around me. Being connected to the internet helps me support not just a few investments and Techstars programs – but hundreds. Being connected to the internet broadens my reach from what’s immediately around my physical person – to the global reach that Techstars has across 5 continents, 500+ cities, and 100+ countries. Connectivity helps me scale my productivity.Read More »
Shel Silverstein is a hero of mine, his writing always speaks to me with its multi-layered meanings, rhyme, and rhythm. I think it’s hard enough having to write something with substance, but when you add rhythm and rhyme to it, it becomes genius.
Given today’s eclipse, it would be àpropos to share his poem “A Battle in the Sky” which comes from his famous book Falling Up. I read this book regularly to my children and find the same amount of joy in it that they do. If you haven’t read any of his poetry books recently, I highly recommend it, for adults and children alike.
A Battle in the Sky
It wasn’t quite day and it wasn’t quite night,
‘Cause the sun and the moon were both in sight,
A situation quite all right
With everyone else but them.
So they both made remarks about who gave more light
And who was the brightest and prettiest sight,
And the sun gave a bump and the moon a bite,
And the terrible sky fight began.
With a scorch and a sizzle, a screech and a shout,
Across the great heavens they tumbled about,
And the moon had a piece of the sun in its month,
While the sun burned the face of the moon.
And when it was over the moon was rubbed red,
And the sun ha a very bad lump on its head,
And all the next night the moon stayed home in bed,
And the sun didn’t come out ‘til noon.
Today marks a monumental day in Mark (husband!) and my life.
We bought a bed.
Now, I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is. Our mattress has been sitting on plastic-wrapped box springs, on the floor, for 5 years. Prior to that, our old mattress was on one of those free frames that come with the mattress when you bought it, and I think it was the same frame I got in college.
The bed represents the first piece of furniture we actually *bought* in our adult lives. You know, something that we didn’t get on Craigslist, or Ikea, or was a hand-me-down or gift of some sort. In fact, the Ikea furniture that’s currently in our master bedroom replaced a used, falling-apart dresser that I literally bought for $20 FROM THE CLASSIFIED SECTION OF THE NEWSPAPER when I was a sophomore in college. It was that old.Read More »