My 3 Best Travel Tools of 2017

I've been flying about 20,000 miles a year recently. This year, I made a few discoveries that have made a big difference in my travel experience. 1. Global Entry If you're not familiar, this is the US Customs program that gets you automatic TSA PreCheck so you don't have…

How to Email Like a Boss

Here's the secret to getting the highest ROI from email: Write less. That's it. This is easier said than done. It takes hard work as demonstrated in this clip from the great movie, A River Runs Through It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZxZxgouPo You'll see the most influential…

On Personal Planning

I'm in the midst of a weekend away to complete my plan for 2018. I did the same thing last year and it was a great habit to begin. Why Plan This may be obvious: when you have a plan with a vision, goals and a mission, it's certainly easier…

What Business Are You Really In?

I go to a CrossFit gym and have been for about 7 years now. During a stretching session, I asked him: "What business are you really in?" His response, "I'm in the business of fun." He continued that exercise doesn't have to suck. It can be…

Experienced Teams and Market Research

A founder posted a question in a startup chat group recently: My cofounders and I are all intimately familiar with our industry. Do we need to do market research? I firmly believe you should. In particular, the best research to do is direct research. Since customers are going to buy…

If You're Not the Next Uber

I get pitched three types of companies: Non-starters. The founders have made some wrong assumption about the way the world works. These ideas just won't work for some technical, market or team reason. Venture Capital Investable are the second and the rarest type. They are the ones with the potential…

The Startup Idea "Death Zone"

I spent a pleasant half-hour with a young man working on a food truck finder app last week. He'd coded it himself and done his best to hustle some customers and users. Sadly, after six months, he'd developed little traction. This man's idea (and many others that first-time founders dream…

In Defense of Being Prolific

This morning, I came across a songbook of the compositions of the Beatles over a two-year period in the 1960s. Flipping through the pages, I was surprised to see two things. First, they wrote tons of songs. Second, I was amazed at how many mediocre songs Lennon and McCartney actually…

Tactics to Raise a Seed Round for a Tech Startup

Most of the guides for startup fundraising are good but also very theoretical. For first-time founders, many haven't gone through any kind of sales or fundraising process, so we did a RealCo session last week detailing a step-by-step process on how to raise funds at seed-stage for a tech startup.…

Come Work With Me (Two Job Openings!)

Today, I wanted to highlight two positions available. So, tell your friends! I'm trying an experiment of hiring an Associate. This'll work on investing in Venture Capital and helping us explore other stuff, too. This would work directly with me. Job Posting - Associate at @geekdomfund:https://t.co/pKeJvKL2Ix&…