Disrupting VC

As a venture capitalist, I am always looking for highly innovative, disruptive businesses. Ones that challenge the status quo, that aim to make a significant difference in the way we do and look at things. When I left Omidyar at the end of last year to move back to NYC and start my own fund,  … Read more


Posted: March 9th 2012 2

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

As a venture capitalist, I am privy to innovations long before they become mainstream, one of the things I love about my job.  But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me.  This was the year that the promise of  … Read more


Posted: December 16th 2011 17

NYC 3.0

Now that I’m back full time in NYC, I decided to run for the Board of NY Tech Meetup, a dynamic community of 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and people interested in tech.  Founded in 2004, it has grown in leaps and bounds along with NYC’s tech sector.  My view is that it’s time to  … Read more


Posted: December 6th 2011 None

Web 3.0+: The Hyperconnected Global Internet

The title of this blog comes from a presentation I did at last year’s Web 2.0 conference in NYC, in September 2010. I overviewed the growth of the global internet and penetration, noting that the future of the Web was going to be driven by emerging countries, as mobile connectivity continues to be more ubiquitous  … Read more


Posted: October 18th 2011 3

A Glimpse: My American Dream

When I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative. And, lest I for a moment forgot that I am living the American dream, thanks to parents  … Read more


Posted: February 1st 2011 10

What the Elephant God Can Teach Tech Entrepreneurs

This weekend I was at a family celebration in New Jersey and spent some time with an uncle who is a chemical engineer by training but also well versed in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures. So well versed that he is in high demand throughout the world performing weddings and other Hindu ceromonies in  … Read more


Posted: June 14th 2010 9

Siri: Apple of My Eye

It’s been a busy day of mobile tech news, including the HP acquisition of Palm, and a busy week of conversation around internet privacy, thanks to Facebook’s new privacy controls and Blippy’s credit card snafus. This is why I find today’s announcement that Apple acquired Siri, a natural language virtual assistant currently available as an  … Read more


Posted: April 28th 2010 1

Interview on Fox Business News

Last month I sat down with Fox Business News to provide advice to entrepreneurs looking for venture funding. There is visibly more interest in tech entrepreneurship in NYC, which is encouraging to see. Below is a clip of the video. An accompanying written Q&A with several VCs discussing the current state of the VC market.


Posted: January 21st 2010 None

The Daily Beast’s Foray into E-Books

Today, The Daily Beast announced a joint venture with Perseus Book Group, with Tina Brown noting that there is “a gap between online writing and full-length books that [is] no longer being fully met by a dwindling market for magazines.” The effort will utilize Daily Beast writers to publish books of 150 pages or less  … Read more


Posted: September 28th 2009 None

Development Through Self Empowerment

While in Rwanda, I went on long drives, for it’s the only way to see this beautiful country.  Some roads are paved but many are not — one day, it took us 10 hours to travel a little over 200 kilometers on a bumpy dirt road winding through the hills.  Along those drives I’d get  … Read more


Posted: September 1st 2009 None