Hi, Somerset

Just recently my friends Nick and Chrysta Bilton became the proud parents of Somerset Bilton. As someone who saw their romance blossom, this was the perfect way for the story to continue. The birth of a child is such a magical moment for the parents, a reaffirmation of human continuity. A child is a bridge from our past to the future. When I was younger, we would get baby announcements through snail mail. Then it was over the phone. These days most people announce the arrival of their baby on Facebook or via an email with a handful of photo attachments. Nick and…

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The Last Chapter

Iceland is quite a magical place, and I wanted to take in its natural beauty before sinking myself into the Startup Iceland event later today. I took the backroads, turned off my cell phone, fired up my camera and went photo crazy. I came back to my hotel room last night jet-lagged and dead tired, and I went to sleep without as much as turning on the phone. I woke up this morning to find out that Jony Ive has a new title, Re/code has been sold to Vox Media for an undisclosed amount and the assets of Gigaom have…

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Iceland bound

I had been staying put in San Francisco for a few weeks and enjoying the company of friends, especially those who I work with at True (Ventures.)  It has been board meeting season and last week we had terrific updates from two True family companies — Academia.edu and Narrative — both of which are expecting…

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Sometimes a box isn’t just a box

Yesterday I received a package from Amazon Prime. It had two small items inside: a Gorilla Pod , and a pair of eco-friendly water filters for Soma Water Carafe. There was nothing unique about these items—they were puny in size and yet they arrived in a giant box bursting with air-filled packaging material. And I…

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Conrad and the Steam Plant

Earlier this week Tina Roth Eisenberg, one of my favorite bloggers, blogged this quote from Maya Angelou that has really stuck with me, mostly because it is the lens through which I seek out people I want to spend time with — whether they are startup founders, creators or fashion designers. Those people are almost always interesting conversationalists and end up on the proverbial pages of Pi.co. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off…

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