This past weekend my good friend Naveen Selvadurai, who in past life co-founded Foursquare got married to Diana Hardeman, another friend who is well-known for her MilkMade ice cream brand in Manhattan. Naveen and Diana asked me to officiate their wedding, a privilege and an honor. It was a blast! The wedding took me down to San Clemente in Orange County, California. It is a cute little place — perfect setting for a wedding. Wishing the newly weds all the best!
When Sandberg’s book Lean In came out, that same Jenna Jameson–obsessed CEO became a vocal spokesperson for it.
Just one line sums up my personal opposition to the idea of #decencypledge. But this excerpt from Ellen Pao’s book, Reset, is a harsh condemnation of some of the nefarious practices in venture capital in specific and Silicon Valley in general. This piece should be on your #mustreads list.
After a year long hiatus, I am back with a new set of interviews and an expanded mission. But more on that later. Here is the first interview of this new season. Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired magazine, recently announced the publication of his first novel, Change is Good, a collaborative art project with designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann.
Last week, I met Louis and we walked down a memory lane, talking about our publishing lives, disappointments and emotional challenges of breaking up with something you create. We pondered about the state of the media, the emergence of President Trump and why we need to be optimistic about the future. I enjoyed my conversation with Louis, and hopefully you will too.
You must try to make the right decisions for what is best for the Company and if that means being labeled unfriendly to founders, so be it.
Fred Wilson, partner and co-founder of Union Square Ventures weighed on the topic of what is “founder friendly” after all? He was responding to a tweet from Dan Primack, a veteran writer who closely follows venture capital.
RIP “founder friendly” (2010-2017)
“Founder friendly” has gone from being a well meaning understanding of founders and their challenges during growth of the company to becoming a catch phrase for investors, who are happy to condone all or any behavior by the “founders.” It has become nothing more than marketing-speak for investors trying to find an edge!
Mondays are usually the days I am most excited about mostly because I love the idea of going to work. But not today. I had decided to stay low-key this past weekend. Instead of doing any reading or writing, I ended up binge watching Life Below Zero on Netflix. It made me miss a lot of sleep. The show is riveting in a way only reality tv shows can be: just enough hooks to keep glued to the screen. If I don’t get enough sleep I get fidgety and can’t focus and precisely that’s what happened today.