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.
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.
February 14, 2016: This essay on “the big mistake” on Valentine’s Day is not intended for your Significant Other. I haven’t yet launched the Romance Blog that many of you faithful readers have requested.
February 7, 2016: Yes it’s Super Bowl Sunday, but let’s talk hockey. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, you may have seen the news in January when fans voted into the NHL All-Star Game John Scott, an “enforcer” from the Arizona Coyotes whose assigned mission was to hit people and not to score. I’ll leave it to you to read the story if you’re interested.
January 31, 2016: My next great business idea is to use CRISPR-Cas9 to edit your Social Security number into your genome. We’d then be able to recreate your physical appearance and your financial life from your genomic profile. You could remain an active consumer and tax payer on Earth while your soul has gone to the Great Beyond. That’s not a far-fetched concept, but it does beg a lot of ethical questions. However, TechDrawl does not dwell on ethics, so I’ll use that lead-in for other purposes.
January 24, 2016: A recent article in the Huffington Post drew upon a 500-year-old statement by Michel de Montaigne to headline that 85% of what we worry about never happens. That may be generally true, but as entrepreneurs we had better have some worries. You may remember Binkley’s “Closet of Anxieties” in the old Bloom County comic strip. I will admit that I have such a closet.
January 17, 2016: If you watched any football over the Holidays, chances are you heard the term “tempo” many times. Many college and pro teams have adopted up-tempo offenses to keep defenses off balance and less able to position themselves correctly for the next play. Lots more plays get run, and this is physically taxing for both sides. A tempo offense requires proper conditioning and a proper mindset that not every team can handle.
January 10, 2016: A “Tech Grievances” post last week on Medium by an Austin friend Marc Nathan touched a topic that was already on my editorial calendar for 2016. There is a long list of improvements that our technology providers could make to solve our first world inconveniences. I agree with some of Marc’s complaints, but not all, and I’ve decided I’m on the fence between some things new and others retro. Here’s my list:
January 3, 2016: It’s always interesting over the Holidays to see how media editors have ranked the events of the past year and to read the resolutions suggested by their writers for the year ahead. One can’t help but take stock of one’s own choices from a year ago and reflect on how 2016 might be even better. This is not a personal advice column, but I’ll proffer some hard-won business wisdom that perhaps you will find helpful.
December 20, 2015: The discussion this week returns to the ongoing case study of the biomedical startup in which I’m involved. Not meaning to be sacrilegious, but I can’t help but compare this time in our company to Advent. For those of you in the Episcopal tradition, you are accustomed to Advent services each week beginning with the hymn “O come, O come, Emmanuel.” It speaks to the certainty that Emmanuel shall come to Israel. There’s no doubt.