$10 Billion

Ten years after the seed accelerator model was pioneered, Seed-DB has now identified over $10 billion that has been invested in accelerator graduates.  Over 200 seed accelerator programs around the world have funded nearly 5000 companies, and over 300 companies have already exited for a… Read more

Going to California…

My wife and I have recently made a big decision.  After over eleven years living in London, we’re moving back to the US… to the San Francisco/Bay Area of California! Wait… what?!? If we haven’t caught up with you in a while, my wife started… Read more

The weird reporting of YouTube stats

Here’s a paragraph from a recent New York Times article on Susan Wojcicki and YouTube: Smosh, a pair of 20-something lip-syncing comedians, have roughly 30 million subscribers to their various YouTube channels. PewDiePie, a 24-year-old Swede who provides humorous commentary while he plays video games,… Read more

Product design courses & Kickstarter

I love Kickstarter.  In fact, I’ve had to develop a few new habits around Kickstarter because otherwise I end up purchasing a whole ton of stuff that’s really interesting, but that I don’t actually need. Recently I was thinking about design courses that most universities… Read more

Serial (podcast) – who(ithink)dunit

If you haven’t heard the hype already, the “Serial” podcast that spun off from “This American Life” this fall has become ridiculously popular.  With the final episode of the season airing this week I thought I’d post a few thoughts about what I think happened.… Read more

No regrets… ever

definition of regret: re·gret – r???ret/ verb 1.feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity). One of the principles I use to live my life is simple: have no regrets.  I believe this has… Read more

Accelerators and the focus on Demo Day

If you check out seed accelerators for long enough, you’ll come across one relatively consistent criticism.  (Particularly for the lower quality programs, I have to say.)  That criticism is that accelerators focus way too much on Demo Day.  I believe that founders that say this… Read more

Frustration with a taxonomy for startups

tax·on·o·my – noun – the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics I’m frustrated with the current lack of any standard taxonomy for early stage startups.  Chalk it up to a little bit of obsessive/compulsive behaviour, the desire to better compare like-for-like amongst… Read more