On Human Capital & Venture Capital

Brad Feld wrote a fantastic post today entitled Too Many Seed Investment Choices.  It’s a post that’s been circulating in my head as I’ve met with companies over the past 6 months.  The best VCs are the ones that balance their optimism, vision and enthusiasm for startups with realism based on very real constraints (the  … Read more


Posted: May 8th 2012 4

I Want to Wake Up in the City That Tweets…

About a month ago, I got a call from NASDAQ asking me if I’d participate in a video about the technology scene in NYC. The only time we could coordinate was a quick interview before I spoke at Social Media Week. The full “Made in NYC” video is below and it is a fantastic representation  … Read more


Posted: March 30th 2012 None

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