What went wrong with on-demand, artisanal food.

With the recent failure of Silicon Valley startup Munchery, and the less-recent failure of Sprig, SF Chronical offers an interesting post-mortem of the on-demand food business model. It’s interesting to read some of the quotes from former Sprig employees about the lack of concern for quality as they scaled. I remember noticing this as a customer in Chicago – food quality went steadily downhill over the course of the first 3 months until I gave up on them. Thankfully I was introduced to Factor 75 shortly after! learn more

How much of the internet is fake?

New York Magazine highlights fake metrics, people, businesses and politics. One excerpt: “For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was ‘bots masquerading as people,’ a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event ‘the Inversion.’” learn more

What is a visionary?

I’ve referenced the Visionary vs Integrator framework in a lot of conversations lately, so I figured I’d share a bit more detail here. I think this fits startups and entrepreneurial companies so well. “A Visionary is a person who has lots of ideas, is a strategic thinker, always sees the big picture, has a pulse on your industry, connects the dots, and researches and develops new products and services.” learn more