room full of generals and admirals

April 24, 2016:  You’re financially viable to commence operations, either by running leanly or by having achieved an adequate level of funding to execute your plan. Congratulations. Now comes the hard part.

Startups are easy, scaling them is hard, and exiting successfully is even more difficult. But, to claim your battle ribbons (See plenty in the photo above.) as an entrepreneur, you need to achieve the full cycle. Finishing the job is what distinguishes you from the countless actors in Startup Theater in every high-tech town.

baseball laces

April 17, 2016: Time flies, in English or Latin, but time is also power. The latter is the more relevant notion for a startup.

R/C airplane

April 10, 2016: Thanks to all of you who commented on my essay last week about laws and regulations running amuck and running counter to the priorities of our society. Let’s examine this week two unrelated contemporary legal arenas that DO deserve interference by our elected leaders and their operating agencies.

Experimental Medicine

Shirts from author's wardrobe

April 3, 2016: This essay is about the counter productive intrusion of legal and political affairs into our personal lives and our businesses.

One of my favorite annual assignments at The University of Texas at Austin has been giving a talk each summer to a class of rising high school seniors, the best and brightest from across the state. It has been part of the Honors Colloquium, designed to show some love and attention to the instate scholars that are being recruited far and wide.

news room 1941

March 27, 2016: Two of the biggest unveilings just before and during SXSW in Austin were Condé Nast’s news of opening a Digital Innovation Center in the city and Goldman Sachs’ acquisition of Honest Dollar, with a promise of leaving that team in place locally.

questions at University of California lawn forum

March 17, 2016: The SXSW Accelerator pitches used a new tool called to gather questions from the audience, and the emcee of the Sunday finals did a great job of summarizing the audience sentiment as the questions scrolled on her screen.


March 11, 2015: Another year, another badge. It’s SXSW Interactive time again, and I’m guessing this is my 10th appearance, beginning several years before I moved to Austin. Here's an early edition of TechDrawl this week with a bit of inspiration for the days ahead.

General Patton 1943

March 6, 2016: “Physician, heal thyself”(Luke 4:23) is a maxim that most of us have heard throughout our lives.

Boeing 737-800 private jet

February 28, 2016: Two respected local entre- preneurs have recently posted on Medium about their frustrations dealing with resident Austin VC’s, and one of those VC’s has thoughtfully responded with his analysis of the facts. I’ve heard similar stories privately on many occasions from striving entrepreneurs in this town, and that’s been a long-term subject in my current “co-town” Atlanta. Having been on both sides of the table (yes I know Mark Suster seems to own that term), I am compelled to jump into the fray.

Kevin Durant in USA basketball tuneup

February 21, 2016: As I was enjoying this past week some fine dining in the world-famous Varsity and sitting in the ESPN room, I was halfway paying attention to a Sports Center discussion of the impending NBA trade deadline. That’s an interesting multi-way chess match among the various team managers trying to guess which recombination of skills and personalities will result in more wins and keep the total payroll under the salary cap.


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