Being able to quickly get in front of the right people is an important skill. Biz Dev has evolved to be leaner, but people’s attention is ever more scarce. Gone are the days of lengthy emails, Twitter forced us to fit most of our thoughts and actions into 140 characters. Here are 7 (lengthy!) tips […]


One of the hardest things about running Techstars NYC is selecting 10 companies out of 1,000 applicants for every program. Many companies, especially the ones that didn’t get in, pointed out just how unfair this system is – some companies get in and some don’t. Over the past several weeks David Cohen, Brad Feld and […]

Sample Calendar

I once had a pleasure of hearing Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, speak. Something he said stuck in my head: “Never let anyone own your schedule.” Its simple, its obvious, yet its genius. Over the years, whenever I didn’t follow this advice, I was stressed and unproductive. Gradually I learned that planning and following a […]

Action and Idea Lists for Lean Startup

Startups are easily overwhelmed with ideas. They have a ton of their own, and they hear a lot of advice from others. How do you actually take all of the ideas and prioritize, focus, execute and grow? Here is a simple system inspired by Agile software development that can help you do that. Its a […]

Inbox pause

I love to optimize things, and I am scheduling nut. I love planning my days and weeks. Most of my inspiration comes from Fred Wilson and Brad Feld (I’ve been reading their blogs for 7+ years) and they are incredibly organized about their life. I get 300-400 emails per day for Techstars (all of which […]


I am very excited to share that I am joining Techstars, and will be running the program in New York City. Techstars is the #1 accelerator for startups, with a broad vision to create a world-wide network of entrepreneurs, startups, mentors and investors. New York City has become one of the biggest centers of tech […]


Short answer: It is insane, it sucks, its awesome, its out of this world experience. For details – read on… In December of 2002 I was the CEO of my first company, Information Laboratory. The company developed a product called Small Worlds, which helped find architectural flaws in software systems. A software tools power house, […]


If you are a technical founder, you probably don’t think marketing is all that important. You don’t care enough about it. You are not really sure what it is all about anyway. Probably best to just ignore it. After all, you built this great app, with a beautiful design. And the app is useful — its solving […]

Venture Capital

The biggest lesson I learned in raising venture money is — VCs don’t need to be convinced, instead they need you to be convinced. Yes, you heard me right, raising venture money is about convincing yourself you should be funded. But wait, you say, that can’t possibly be true. Here I am with my obviously incredible idea […]


I get up and go to bed thinking about startups. I have dozens and dozens of ideas that I keep writing down. They range from ambitious projects in personal computing to very silly web games. I wake up and imagine better interface for LinkedIn, a modern wine store and a diet app that makes it […]


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