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Hacking Sleep (Part 2)

In my last post I focused on how I went from mediocre sleep to solid sleep by simply adding ZMA to the equation. And all things being equal, ZMA …

Hacking Sleep (Part 1)

My sleep habits for all practical purposes are about as perfect as real life permits. I excercise almost daily, I eat well, and I follow the old …

Apple Watch – One Year Later

It’s one year that I’ve had my Apple Watch, and people still ask me “How is it?”“I love it”, I always reply.It’s as simple as that. It’s the best …

Top 5 Apps of 2015

At the end of the year, I try to stop for a few minutes, reflect on the apps I’ve found (and found useful) over the course of the past year. Last …

Investing in Yourself

I gave a brief talk at Slush 2013 on “Taking Care of Yourself”, (slides here). Slush is just around the corner, so I’ve stopped to reflect on which …

Effortless Experiences

Ahead of the Apple Watch event, I thought I’d take a minute to lay out what it is I’m thinking about these days, what types of companies I’m looking …

Google Now

Top 5 Apps of 2014

<b>5. Evernote</b> – It just keeps getting better. Simple UI for a complex app. Across all platforms.<b>4. Carousel</b> – not that the app is mind-blowingly great, …

How to get a job in Venture Capital

I get asked this question a *lot*. I wrote a post about it back in 2006 on the topic that I could point people to, but it looks a little light, so I …

Investing in Grand Cru

Following my previous posts on why I decided to make any given investment, I thought I’d share briefly why I decided to make an investment into the …

3 Traits of Successful Founders

Last week I was asked what I look for in Founders/CEOs by some LPs (limited partners, the people that actually give VCs the money they invest). I …

Women and Tech

Women and Tech. It’s an area that’s been getting a lot of attention lately- especially the conversation around Twitter’s board.I realized a few …

Investing in Rockpack

Earlier this summer, I posted on why I led our investment in Wrapp. I promised as part of that post to circle back around with a post on a seed …

Migrating your Photos to Dropbox

I’ve recently migrated my entire photo collection to Dropbox, and thought I’d share my thoughts on the experience.First, photos are such precious …

Investing in Wrapp

As part of an ongoing effort to be more transparent and open about venture and investing, I thought I’d set out a few reasons for why I led the …

Escape Velocity

I posted my Three P’s of Venture Capital a few weeks back – Product, People and Potential.There’s another component that I take into consideration as …

Venture Capital

Venture’s Back

I’m sure everyone has been seeing what’s happened in the US Equity markets- NASDAQ is up 30%+ YTD, with many stocks like Apple showing 131% gains …