The Humanity of Our AI Future

In 1991, as an undergrad, I wrote a paper on social cybernetics and its role in robotics.   Out of curiosity, I just did a quick Google search on social cybernetics and found this article comparing and contrasting AI and the study of cybernetics. In 2017, as a VC, I’m still fascinated by the topic of  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2017 Comments Off on The Humanity of Our AI Future

9/11: Bravery, Luck, & Resilience

On this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I am particularly aware of the march of time and how, as each year passes, those who study it or learn about it outnumber those that experienced that day.  The picture I posted with this blog post is one I took at the 9/11 Museum – a  … Read more


Posted: July 11th 2016 Comments Off on 9/11: Bravery, Luck, & Resilience

What in the World ?!?

I gave a talk, titled “What in the World?”, almost exactly 2 years ago to this day at Bloomberg LP’s headquarters in NYC as part of Social Media Week.  You can view the full presentation here.  I overviewed  demographic and economic trends globally and outlined the opportunity for technology companies to access growth in the emerging  … Read more


Posted: July 20th 2014 3

Blockstream

We’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact – Austin Hill, co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company) I founded Future\Perfect Ventures earlier this year because I believe that technology’s potential for positive social impact is still in formative stages. The combination of mobile technology,  … Read more


Posted: July 18th 2014 3

When Third is First

In 2011, I wrote about Jugaad, according to Wikipedia “a colloquial Hindi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around”. I noted in the blog post that Jugaad is “now an acceptable management technique…and also applies to any kind of creative and out of the box thinking which maximizes resources for a  … Read more


Posted: July 16th 2014 1

Nest-ing Data

A few observations from the just announced Google $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, a Silicon Valley based company that sells “smart” thermostats and smoke detectors: – Build vs Buy: Even for a company with significant resources such as Google, it is difficult to innovate beyond core products .  While Google was  better than most companies  … Read more


Posted: July 13th 2014 2

Customer Service…RIP?

I just completed my annual New Year’s purge of apps on my iPhone.  I test countless apps and services as market research as I evaluate new investments.  Just 5 years ago, overall smart phone penetration and user “education” was a hinderance for startups looking to capitalize on this new medium.  Now with the plethora of  … Read more


Posted: July 9th 2014 Comments Off on Customer Service…RIP?

Yahoo/Tumblr: Peanut Butter & Chocolate?

It had to happen. Tumblr, a next generation content site that epitomizes media creation, consumption and usage of the 21st century and of the net-native generation, has been acquired by a staid, late 20th century, Web 1.0 media brand, Yahoo (I can’t bring myself to add the exclamation point that was such a part of  … Read more


Posted: July 20th 2013 9

The Startup Story

I don’t like reading scripts. I like for someone to explain to me what it is about this story – Judi Dench, Academy-award winning actress I just read this quote and thought of how it applies to many things in life – not just acting. Storytelling is older than the written word and, I’d argue,  … Read more


Posted: July 18th 2013 Comments Off on The Startup Story

Best of Breed

When I invested in enterprise software in the late 1990’s, I saw a proliferation of “best of breed” solutions. These vertical solutions would focus on specific pain pain points in the enterprise, such as logistics or customer relationship management. Larger companies such as IBM and SAP that had enterprise-wide deployments would offer some solutions around  … Read more


Posted: July 13th 2013 Comments Off on Best of Breed