tech, startups, internet

The state of private markets in Q1 2023.

Carta’s doing some content marketing with their data (which is arguably pretty good). “Total venture capital raised by startups plunged 80% from Q1 2022 to Q1 2023. Venture deal count fell 45% over the same span. Overall, Q1 was the […]

better doing

“I’ve seen this before, it didn’t work.”

How should a founder process this sort of feedback? Neither by flatly dismissing it, nor by giving up because of it, but by doing the homework to understand why this time is different. “Each generation of founders comes back to […]

tech, startups, internet

Excuse me, is there a problem?

Recommended reading for anyone who spends time around early-stage businesses. “Many startups fail despite identifying a real problem and building a product that solves that problem. This explains why, so you can avoid their fate.” ~ learn more

tech, startups, internet

On the value of small angel checks.

“Taking small checks from angel investors often leads to introductions to other investors, resulting in a multiplicative effect, or the “money multiplier.” These angel investors often work in the tech industry and are keen to help startups grow. As a […]

better doing

Managing people.

“I believe almost all first-time founders burn out their first employees as they learn how to manage groups of people. If this advice helps avoid a few cases, it’s worth writing it down. I wrote this article for managers of […]

big ideas

What does the rest of the world not get about India?

“I asked Kunal Shah this question last week. Kunal founded CRED – one of India’s leading consumer fintech companies valued at $6.4B. He gave me a laundry list of nuanced observations. This list is a *must read* if you’re interested […]

retail therapy

The rise and fall of 15-minute delivery startups.

“Fueled by record levels of venture capital funding, they quickly blanketed New York City with their delivery bikes. The bet was that, in densely populated metropolitan areas, ultra-fast delivery would be more financially feasible to pull off. But just as […]

better doing

Finding fulfillment.

Jason Cohen explores the topic of fulfillment. He highlights prior art on the topic then adds his own spin. “What follows is my original framework I used to answer this question for myself eight years ago when I made the […]