14 Lessons Learned from Year #1 as a Startup Investor

Lessons I’ve learned investing so far: 1) FOMO is real. You have to make a conscious effort to not let it affect your thinking and maintain your own intellectual independence. 2) Investing downstream of YC at Demo day is both awesome and terrible. Awesome because the...

Looking Back: Startup Investing Year #1

I wrote my first check to a startup on April 11, 2017. Since then, I’ve invested in 16 startups via my personal money and a small fund I manage backed by Social Capital. I’m having blast! TLDR: I bet on outsiders using capitalism to solve society’s...

To the Dreamers: a Thank You

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like...

Alone on Thanksgiving? Come to My House.

Do you not have Thanksgiving Plans? New in town? Are you wondering WTF you are going to do on Thursday? Feeling broke / lonely  ? If so, you should come to my house and join my family for Thanksgiving. We’re making smoked Turkey and yams and stuffing and all...

Betting Against the American Dream (in San Francisco)

My friend Matt Pasienski, a Physics PhD, just announced he’s moving to Mexico and leaving San Francisco behind. Here’s what he wrote: The American Dream has moved to Mexico. If you work hard in Mexico you can buy a house, have a family, and live a good...

Alone on Thanksgiving? Come to My House.

Do you not have Thanksgiving Plans? New in town? Are you wondering WTF you are going to do tonight? Feeling broke and maybe just a little lonely? If so, you should come to my house and join my family for Thanksgiving. My girlfriend Stephanie is making Turkey Dinner....

People, like businesses, want predictable revenue.

The “gig economy” is part of a shift toward higher resolution careers that has been happening for decades. — Paul Graham (@paulg) July 15, 2015 Let me set the record straight for you deluded millionaires of the world: For most people most of the time,...

The Greece Situation

Here’s what I would do if I was running Greece right now… I would vote “no” vote in the recent Greek referendum. I would move to abandon the Euro and re-adopt the Drachma as the national currency. I would stay in the European Union. I...

Getting Unstuck

“The only difference between Elite Entrepreneurs and those just getting started is the amount of time we stay stuck.” -Dan Martell Winning is all that matters. You only have to get to the top of the mountain once. How much time you spent falling down at...