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The Bliss of Endurance

July 15, 2014

I was invited to speak recently about endurance in all aspects of life, from physical activities, to career to personal goals.  As a marathon runner and a venture capitalist, I guess I know a bit about enduring through difficult times.  But you don’t have to run a marathon or start a company to have fun […]

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The Temporary Professor

July 2, 2014

Every year, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business picks a leader in the business community to serve as an interim staff member and professor.  The role is called the Fritzky Chair, named after Ed Fritzky, who originally founded the program.  The Fritzky Chair spends one school year as a visiting mentor and professor […]

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Il Grand Tour Italia

June 27, 2014

In May, I was able to do something many dream about, but few get the opportunity to actually live it.  I raced the Mille Miglia in Italy.  Like most times when one tackles a new challenge or goes after a dream, I had a clear expectation about how the race would go.  That expectation was […]

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America at its Finest

April 24, 2014

Last year, I ran the Boston Marathon and was yards away from the finish when the bombs went off.  I was one of the lucky ones who escaped injury, but have watched over the past year as many rebuild and recover from that day. It was my great honor to return to Boston this week […]

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How to Make Quick Decisions

March 11, 2014

Running a company is not easy.  Sometimes, you have minutes to make an important decision without counsel, insight or complete information. Usually, the pressure is on because the clock is ticking.  There’s no time to research or ponder.  In this video, I talk about how part of being a leader is having the strength to […]

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Racing 1000 Miles

March 7, 2014

A while ago, I posted about one of my big bucket list dreams, which is to race the Mille Miglia in Italy.  Today, I found out I have been accepted to join the race and my car qualifies.  Come May, you’ll see me driving a cool Fiat in this classic race that covers 1000 miles […]


Trusting Your Gut

February 20, 2014

Sometimes, you just don’t have all the information to make the obvious decision.  That’s when an entrepreneur has to go with the gut feeling.  In this video, I talk about how to listen to your gut and trust it in the absence of full information.     Tweet

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Deals I Regret Losing or Turning Down

January 28, 2014

Even us VCs make mistakes sometimes.  In fact, we make them all the time.  There are companies I wish I would have invested in but didn’t.  And sometimes, the entrepreneurs didn’t want our money.  (yes, that happens).  There have been plenty of times when I’ve begged the entrepreneur to take our money, and sometimes they […]

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Pivoting for Success

January 15, 2014

                      Just before the holidays began, I was fortunate to host a panel at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business on pivoting a company.  The discussion was about facing hard changes when the plans you had for your start-up aren’t working out as […]

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Reflections on 2013

January 4, 2014

I met many entrepreneurs this year, all struggling to do their best.  So, while I thought I might highlight some of the best and worst products I saw this year, I decided that was not helpful to anyone.  And I’m often wrong anyway.  After all, I thought Google was a bad idea when I first […]

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