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  • Guest comment: a plea to President Trump

    *This piece was originally published by The Washington Business Journal In 1977, an investor named Richard Kramlich met a young man who wanted to develop and sell something most people had never heard of: a personal computer. Mr. Kramlich made a small investment in the fledgling enterprise — an early example of the formidable instincts that would make him one of the world’s most successful venture capitalists. The outcome was extraordinary, by any measure. The man (Steve…

  • Innovation Physics: Part 2

    Note: This post is continued from Innovation Physics: Part 1. The technological “abilities” described in this post are emergent phenomena of the “tools” described in the prior piece. If you haven’t read Part 1, it can be found here. This post is dedicated to Harry R. Weller. We worked together in framing it and writing it for over two-and-a-half years. The contents are largely his vision, which informed his investment decisions for over a decade. I learned an…

  • The Players’ Tribune: Why Authenticity Matters in Media

    Today we are excited to announce a $40 M financing for The Players’ Tribune, a sports media company founded by Derek Jeter in 2014. Derek’s vision was to create a media company that focused uniquely on the needs of athletes and fans, and he recruited an amazing group of athletes and entrepreneurs to his All-Star team.  It has been an amazing experience watching our company grow from a small blog to THE trusted media platform for the athlete community, and we are thrilled to…

  • Innovation Physics: Part 1

    This post is dedicated to Harry R. Weller. We worked together in framing it and writing it for over two-and-a-half years. The contents are largely his vision, which informed his investment decisions for over a decade. I learned an immeasurable amount from him through the countless discussions and iterations leading to this post; though our conversations were always winding, those who knew Harry knew that he could always see around corners.   Introduction Innovation physics is a…

  • Biz Dev Can Make (or Break) Your Startup: 10 Rules for Getting It Right

    In more than 10 years as a VC, I’ve seen just about everything when it comes to strategic partnerships. But experience is often the best teacher, and the advice I give my portfolio companies on biz dev initiatives usually comes straight from my time spent in the trenches, running OEM and strategic alliances for Diane Greene at VMware. The expertise I gained during the company’s early years has helped to shape many of my portfolio companies’ strategies, and I have strong…