Yesterday was one of those rare days when you are told by the universe — how fortunate you are to be alive and do what you do. I participated (well mostly attended and took notes) at the True Atoms summit, where we (aka True Ventures) brought in some of the pioneers of hardware and physical goods business to talk about the opportunities, challenges and inflection points in our world. True first invested in hardware in 2008 — Fitbit — and it is really exciting to see so much energy around hardware innovations. The off-the-record, day long event was all about shared learnings and lessons.
Most importantly I re-connected with my old friend Marian Naficy, talked about the good old days of the web. But then I got to hear and see Jared Ficklin cofounder and chief creative technologist at Argo Design give a magical talk. (Thanks for making the flight from Austin, Jared.)
Somewhere during this busy day, I managed to meet my good pal, Michael Eisenberg, who is just such a smart guy (and a VC) and a constant reminder that I need to visit Israel again to reconnect with so many old friends. And if that was not enough, I had a phone chat with Rob Garza, one-half of Thievery Corporation, who have just released their new album, Saudade. You should really check it out.
Photo of Jared Ficklin courtesy of Chris Michel.