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    Request For Startup: Personal CRM for Grown-up Friendships

    My life is really full, as a startup founder and CEO there are endless things to do. There are always more meetings I could take (maybe should take?) and by the time Friday evening rolls around I’m usually pretty happy to head home and curl up for the next two days on the couch with a book, a drink, and some good music. This is probably not new… but lately, the signals have been getting through. “It’s hard to support someone I never see.” “You’re really hard to get a hold of.” These aren’t coming from business contacts, and they’re not coming to me by email. They’re coming from friends…

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    How to Network to Startup Investors

    Tonight I hosted an impromptu AMA on Twitter, and I was surprised by how many people asked about how to network to startup investors. The question itself isn’t surprising, but when I responded with “get introductions via their current portfolio founders, or do some good old fashioned networking to get there” the reply was “on what platform?” Oh boy. Platforms have adverse selection. They say, “I am too lazy to actually network!” AngelList and LinkedIn have this problem, and when investors are looking for the top 1% you better believe they don’t have fleshed out profiles on these platform a lot of time. And so what if they are there,…

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    Monica for CEO

    A fictional scene from the hours leading up to the emergency board meeting held by Raviga Capital that we weren’t allowed to see, during the HBO Silicon Valley finale. Season 3; Episode 1: “Monica for CEO” — with a new look and new found confidence, there are going to be leadership changes at Pied Piper. “But how can you do this to Richard? Especially after all he’s just been through!” Monica exploded, leaning back against the jagged brick and taking a long drag from her cigarette. “Monica, the choices you are making don’t make sense to me. I propose we go inside and my assistant will get you a bottle…

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    What I’d Like to Stop Doing in 2015

    I really do love New Years. Reflecting on life and setting goals to make it better definitely feels like a process worth celebrating, and since my professional life began 10 years ago I’ve really enjoyed spending some of my time off in December preparing for the year ahead. I’d layered in a lot of goals over the years like getting up early, prioritizing self-care (nails, hair, skin etc.), and writing a TON more. This year, I will continue on the journey for self control and my focus will be on stripping away things that aren’t working for me anymore. I’ve chosen three things I will do a lot less of in…

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    Burn Rates Post & Second Seed Announcement Enter My Top 10 All Time Blog Posts List

    This year has been an interesting one for blogging, I’m writing a lot more drafts and publishing far fewer posts. I’ve adopted Medium as my main platform for what I’d consider to be my “professional” writing because the editing tools are superior to WordPress, and the writer’s experience being good leads me to draft more and feel excited to quickly jot down something and trust that the platform will help with distribution. I’ve been blogging lightly for my company but have handed off a lot of our professional brand voice to the talented Nick Frost, and he is hard at work building our community through blogging, email and social channels.…

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    Tweetstorms, Hashtags, and Why User-Invented “Features” Keep Me Long on Twitter

    Full Disclosure: I bought Twitter stock in the company’s IPO and I will not be selling it anytime soon. Each year around the holidays I head North to Washington State to hibernate for a few weeks with my parents at their house, reflect on what I’ve been doing with my life, read, gamble at the reservation casino, drink and snuggle by the fire. This past winter I decided, after a few glasses of wine, to drive my Twitter followers a little crazy. I had a lot of ideas I wanted to share, 140 characters weren’t enough to express what I wanted to say and I was too lazy to blog.…

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    Introducing Mattermark, the Deal Intelligence Company

    The year we suspended disbelief long enough to find a frighteningly ambitious startup idea. From “TechCrunch Killer” to “Bloomberg for Startups” and beyond… Part of my job as an early stage CEO is to protect my company from being put into a box too early. Leaving us unsorted makes investors, customers and even employees a bit uncomfortable. It’s human nature to categorize things, to crave the efficiency of communicating, “Mattermark is XYZ for ABC.” It feels safe and socially correct, intellectually digestible, rational. But those motivations aren’t what drive category defining innovation, and making decisions for the sake of ease is always a big red flag to me. Don’t get me…

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    My Fantasy VC Portfolio

    I build software to help venture capitalists source deals, here are the ones I wish I had done Over the past few years I’ve made a handful of personal angel investments in founders who I think are incredible, and I am proud to be a small part of InternMatch (Andrew and Nathan), Bitnami (Erica and Daniel), LE TOTE(Rakesh and Brett) and Estimote (Jakub, Lukasz and Rafal). I have two themes I am passionate about: Software Developer Productivity (Bitnami & Estimote) Actualizing Ourselves as “Grown Ups” (Internmatch and LE TOTE) Both themes come from my own experiences, as a software developer / developer marketing for Twilio and as a 20-something making my way…

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    Mattermark Wasn’t a Pivot

    We completely started over, here’s what happened. After shutting down our previous product I was depressed, disillusioned with consumer tech, and definitely had blood in my mouth. I took the huge chip on my shoulder on a mission: for 30 days I would write a post every day, starting with our own post-mortem. I wanted to talk about things no one else was saying in Silicon Valley, like which VCs were wasting founders’ time, or how much revenue Tumblr actually had leading up to being acquired by Yahoo. I scored a couple“scooplets” and seriously considered never going out in public again. Maybe I’d just sit in my apartment and write…