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

One-Hit Wonder, or the Secret to Longevity

Watching the Grammys last night made me think of one-hit wonders. Hopefully some of the winners (and you know who I’m talking about) won’t be relegated to that fate – an answer on “Jeopardy” or fodder for Trivial Pursuit “The 2010s”. Hopefully some of them will have careers as long as Springsteen, or Sting, or  … Read more


Posted: July 12th 2013 1

Interpretative Intelligence

…or how to avoid drowning in the coming data flood. According to a recent Cisco report, last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 12x the size of the ENTIRE global Internet in 2000.  This “big data” is going to proliferate as most of the world still does not have smartphones (or affordable access to 4G  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2013 3

Be a Pioneer not an Opportunist

As we turn over to a new year, it seems that everything old is new again. From retro typefonts to Instagram filters to the recent neon craze in the fashion world, it seems we are cycling back in time. And now I can’t open a tech blog without reading about the new bubble or the  … Read more


Posted: July 1st 2013 1