Uber

Dear Uber & Lyft, get your shit together

Let’s start out by saying that I’m a big fan of both Uber and Lyft. I’m indirectly an investor in both companies as I’m an investor in three VC funds that are investors in Uber and one VC fund that is an investor in Lyft. I have no idea how much actual equity I have in either company, but based on current valuations the dollar value of my indirect ownership is non-trivial. And Foundry Group came close to investing in Zimride (the predecessor to Lyft) but we ended up withdrawing from what we thought was an inappropriately high-priced round, which, in hindsight, was clearly a miss on our part.

Google Ventures Design Sprint

The key to happy, productive designers: teaching your team to critique

Critiques are one of the most important ingredients to great design, but far too often designers leave critiques secretly feeling scattered, frustrated, and disempowered. Even when everyone is well-meaning, there are many subtle ways a critique can go off the rails and hurt your design process.

When VCs call

When VCs don't bullshit you

I know many entrepreneurs who feel that VCs have played them, gamed them, deceived them, or bullshitted them. But this doesn’t only happen to entrepreneurs. VCs play this game with VCs all the time.

hand

5 reasons your company should mentor entrepreneurs

You might think, this guy is a sadistically nice person, taking time from his busy schedule to help/mistreat young entrepreneurs. While that is obviously true, there are a few much more selfish reasons for being a mentor.

Slingshot

Why private messaging apps are the future of mobile marketing

Private-messaging apps are coming at us fast. Everyone’s heard about Facebook’s massive acquisition of WhatsApp and recent development of a Snapchat lookalike under the name Slingshot. Yahoo has also made noise in the messaging app world with its acquisition of private messaging app Blink. And then there are new apps like Blink, Chadder, Confide, and Wickr that are radically changing digital communication and forcing brands to experiment with how to best use private messaging for their marketing campaigns.

Making mistakes

The top 22 mistakes of first-time CEOs

I have been building this list of CEO mistakes for many years based on my own experiences. This is not rocket science — some of these points may seem obvious when you read them — but it is really tough to know what you haven’t experienced.

Boardroom

Why you should fire your CIO

CIOs still hold a valuable spot in most organizations, but businesses would be wise to start planning their approach toward building an IT-capable executive team.

Two Tesla Model S cars on a cross-country rally drive.

3 reasons why Tesla can scale where others have failed

Tesla rocked the automotive world last month with news that it plans to build a 5 GW lithium ion battery plant in the United States. That’s huge: 5 GW is equivalent to all of the world’s current battery production, so, Tesla will basically double global battery manufacturing.