Boards: Venture Evolved on Strong Suit Podcast

I recently was a guest on the Strong Suit Podcast, discussing habits of successful and unsuccessful boards of directors. I compressed learning from 16 years and 750+ board meetings into 22 minutes! Enjoy. Strong Suit 090: Leading VC Gives You a Peak Into the Board Room

Another Lesson of the Cubs’ Victory

I’ve been a Cubs fan for 20 years. It’s the first team I adopted when I moved to Chicago after college. I realize that’s not a lifetime, but I’m emotionally invested. It is for this reason that the World Series run up was thrilling and scary all at the same time. It’s magnified because I […]

Revenge of the Nerd

It was an unusually crummy weather day in 2005, and my wife and I decided to go to a movie. As we were exiting our parked car to go into the theater, my wife inquired if she had to bring along her big purse. I’m always amazed on the occasions that I have to lift […]

Why Origin Invested in Tock

The Start In 2014, Nick Kokonas wrote a manifesto highlighting that if restaurants used tickets instead of free reservations, restaurants could dramatically reduce no-shows, optimize their supply chains, improve working capital, and eliminate staff answering the phones to take reservations. It made so much sense– the world SHOULD work that way, but it does not. […]

Why Origin Invested in Tock

The Start In 2014, Nick Kokonas wrote a manifesto highlighting that if restaurants used tickets instead of free reservations, restaurants could dramatically reduce no-shows, optimize their supply chains, improve working capital, and eliminate staff answering the phones to take reservations. It made so much sense– the world SHOULD work that way, but it does not. […]

The Melting Liquidation Preference

I’ve been through two severe market declines, both in 2001 and 2009. Public market volatility at the beginning of 2016 gave birth to a lot of “doom and gloom” posts on VC blogs. The public markets have recovered, but the scare earlier this year seems to have resulted in more conservative cash planning within early […]

The Melting Liquidation Preference

I’ve been through two severe market declines, both in 2001 and 2009. Public market volatility at the beginning of 2016 gave birth to a lot of “doom and gloom” posts on VC blogs. The public markets have recovered, but the scare earlier this year seems to have resulted in more conservative cash planning within early […]