Archives / April, 2008

How to get a job in venture capital (revisited)

A few years ago I wrote a post on how to get a job in venture capital.  It was lucky enough to get broad distribution and remains my most viewed and linked to post.  I’ve had a number of questions about it over the years and have tried to respond to people who wrote in…

Is Facebook replacing email?

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I love platforms in general and Facebook in particular.  And since I’ve been thinking about messaging recently (see my post yesterday on Twitter as my new instant messenger) I’ve been noticing the increasingly varied methods I use to communicate.  I’m curious if others…

Twitter is my instant messenger

I’ve been off instant messaging for years.  There was nothing about it that I found appealing or that added to my productivity.  I realized this morning that Twitter has become my new IM. I publish what I’m doing (and as a result people know if they can reach me or not, whether to try me…

Big Company. Little Company

I was out at the Microsoft Mountain View campus a few weeks ago for an event hosted by their venture relations group.  I had the chance to meet Chris Liddell, MSFT’s CFO, along with 3 of their divisional CFO’s.  It was a pretty wide ranging discussion from how they are thinking about M&A to several…

My first music post

Excuse the shameless pitch but I feel compelled to tell you about the new Soul Patch album, Sooner or Later.  Soul Patch is a band that includes my partners Ryan and Jason.  Sooner or Later is the band’s aptly named second album (aptly named because it was 6 years in the making).  The band’s music…

Know your audience

I don’t know what it is about the last few weeks – maybe the change of season; maybe something in the water – but I’ve been absolutely amazed at how often people have showed a complete lack of comprehension for who was in the room with them.  This may sound more calculating than I intend…

Know what you don’t know

[see the bottom of this post for an invite code to a new service that helps solve the problem I’m describing here] It’s probably passe to say that we live in an information economy.  It’s also probably not correct anymore because really we live in an information NOW economy.  Staying on top of the topics…

How I don’t travel

We have a great partner dynamic at Foundry. We’ve all worked together for at least 7 years (in some cases over 10 years) and are close friends as well as colleagues.  We also have pretty varied styles and opinions.  Case in point – Brad’s recent post on his travel habits.  I couldn’t be more different…

Have funds, will travel

My partner Chris just put up a post on the Foundry blog about our geographic (actually non-geographic) approach to investing.  We’ve talked in past posts about how we organize our thinking about potential investments into "themes" that we use to guide our focus.  One of the important precepts of taking a thematic approach to investing…