Even Some Great Ideas Don’t Make It

I was beyond surprised when I learned that Lively was shutting its doors. It was one of the Seattle startups, along with Trover, I was personally interested in & felt had massive long term potential. Done right and given enough time to get momentum, I think the Lively vision of bringing the experience from a concert home with people is a home run for music lovers. Granted, I don’t know the music industry at all, so I have no idea what it would take to reach critical mass. Just goes to show, even startups with really great ideas don’t always make it.

Posted In: Technology

Mass Automation and the Lack of Human Interaction

I wrote about Fatdoor’s recent announcement they are relaunching social networks for neighborhoods, with shared robots as a part of the offering. Since then, I’ve engaged in a 45 minute talk with a high school friend, some Skype debate with Will Moyer, and a 20 minute conversation over coffee yesterday with a fellow entrepreneur in the real estate vertical. The topic: what are the long term implications of mass automation? There are two big ones, in my opinion. De-humanization of day to day life, and economic. We all know that Uber is going to put self driving cars on their transportation grid. I’m not sure Lyft will take that plunge (their tag line is “Your friend … Continue reading

Posted In: Life

Picking Yourself Up After You’ve Been Kicked

Let’s face it. No one operates at 100%, all the time. Everyone, even those that constantly push against greatness, have spurts where they struggle. I’m no different. Today was one of those days. Well, not the whole day, but definitely one 1 hour meeting. I just wasn’t on point. Poor responses. No good data points came to mind. Every possible business model weakness was brought up. Called out for not validating X. I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. What can you do when you have one of those days (or hours)? Pick yourself off the floor and do better next time.

Posted In: Business

Kevin Durant’s MVP Speech

This is good. Watch it.

Posted In: Videos

Responsibility

This TED video with Bill and Melinda Gates is worth watching… And yes, you do have a responsibility to make this world better.

Posted In: Philanthropy, Videos

And….Verticalization of Mobile Starts

If you are in the tech world, and didn’t see the Google Maps – Uber news yesterday, you were under a rock (there is only a WHEEE bit of coverage of it). Semil wrote a bit on what this (could) mean for both Google & Uber. The integration of Uber into Google Maps, is one of the first major mobile distribution deals we’ve seen in the coming verticalization of mobile. I’m betting big, we’re going to see many, many more deals like this in the coming months and years.

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UW’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition Results

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A few weeks ago, just prior to leaving for Medellin, I coached at the 2014 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, put on by UW Foster School of Business. I got introduced to Charlene Balick at UW several months ago, by now Oh Hey World advisor Matt Duncan, as a result of the social tech entrepreneurship opportunity for Seattle post I wrote. As a result of that introduction, I ended up giving pitch feedback at one of the coaching sessions. My overarching takeaway in terms of student pitches versus pitches in the business world, was the lack of storytelling at the collegiate level. Don’t get me wrong. I’m 100% sure I was the same way in college…I didn’t … Continue reading