Thoughts from the Seattle Angel Conference


Last Wednesday, I volunteered some time at the Seattle Angel Conference at Impact Hub (where I am a member) to man the front desk for a few hours, and wanted to put a few thoughts down on paper (or, into a database with a keyboard technically). The turnout was impressive; I’d say about 100 people in total. I, of course, am not an angel investor – so didn’t know much about the Seattle Angel community in Seattle that John Sechrest has cultivated over the years. The energy in the room was great. Josh Maher, a longtime friend, was the keynote speaker. Josh recently published a book, Startup Wealth, and touched on a wide rang of topics related to angel … Continue reading

Posted In: Business, Technology

Not Surprised to see Vizio Selling User Data

I saw the news today that Vizio is selling user data. Not surprised in the least. You have to wonder, are we nearing a tipping point to people being fed up with the advertising industry’s impact (that’s where the demand for more data is coming from) on their privacy?

Posted In: Online Marketing

A Few Thoughts on the Debate

No, I’m not a Republican. Yes, I generally think the political system sucks. But I don’t like to live my life with my head in the sand. So I watched the debate tonight. A few thoughts: The conversation about how “not to lose the election” is pathetic. Come on, no great leader ever talks about strategies to “not lose”. In sports, when you are trying to not lose, you generally get smoked. Politics are no different. Not at all inspiring. I heard more military over and over tonight. A bigger military, with more spending, will not make us safer. It’s seriously blows my mind these people don’t get that. More people “fearing” the USA is not a … Continue reading

Posted In: Politics

Instagram Throws their Hat in the Ring by Adding Stories

Snapchat Discover. Twitter Moments. Now, Instagram is going in the exact same direction. The more and more Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, etc race toward the exact same end goal, the less and less interesting all of them become. Is there anything innovative these companies are working on? Or, are they just all racing to be the end all, be all communication tool (encompassing all private & all public) in order generate a bunch of user data to sell ads against and sell outright? I suspect the latter.

Posted In: Social Media

Facebook Groups: The Next Craigslist for Startups

If you’re a tech entrepreneur, you have probably seen the following graphic by Andrew Parker: Entire multi-billion dollar companies have been started by building a far superior experience around one tiny link on Craigslist. There is a new Craigslist. It’s Facebook groups. Over 700 million people use groups monthly(reported as of late last year). That’s massive, massive potential distribution for startups (and proof of supply & demand). I’ve spent A LOT of time with groups over the past year, since Horizon’s goal is to put hospitality exchange inside existing groups. Buy Nothing is one movement with massive scale entirely built inside Facebook groups. I recently moved to Queen Anne in Seattle, and numerous friends told … Continue reading

Posted In: Business

When Money Becomes Not Real


I watched the following TEDx talk by Adam Carroll this morning. The topic? Money when it’s not “real”. Cash is tangible. You can hold it. If you spend it, you don’t have it anymore. Credit cards, less so. You swipe, and digitally you have more debt you need to pay off at some point in the future. But, 10 minutes later, you can go to a different store and go farther into debt. The next iteration is digital payments. Apple Pay. Tap, and be done. I’ve long worried about what will happen to consumer debt once you can put a $100, or $1000, transaction onto your credit card in less than 1 second by swiping your … Continue reading

Posted In: Business, Life – Taking the Pain out of Curating Links

4 years later, I still think a curated newsletter is a viable way to make money (for an individual willing to put in the work). seems like a promising platform that takes a lot of the busy work out of curating content via email. [Found via Semil Shah]

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