About ten days ago I caught up with Elad Gil, a Silicon Valley veteran who has written a new book, High Growth Handbook. Even halfway through the book, and I can already tell this is a book that is a valuable asset for those who are running fast-growing companies. It is equally helpful for those of us who aspire to grow fast. Elad has written one of the best books for the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem. Continue reading “Elad Gil on startup advice & his book, High Growth Handbook”
…in the Bay Area — where the nation’s preeminent local food movement overlaps with the nation’s tech elite — egg-laying chickens are now a trendy, eco-conscious humblebrag on par with driving a Tesla.
When reading this article, I was once again reminded that Silicon Valley denizens go over the top in their obsessiveness and turn normal, mundane and sometimes boring aspects of things into an A-B test. It is not just chickens. It is everything – from sous vide, flipping pizzas to make sourdough bread.
What starts out as a way to relax eventually turns into a growth hack, a way to improve efficiencies and obviously talk about it on the social media. This mindset is pervasive. This is who we/they are. There isn’t an off-switch and basically, despite best efforts to relax, there are hardly who know how to relax. The obsessiveness in many ways is what which makes Silicon Valley people successful in their day job.
Do you really think we could have had cars-on-demand if someone wasn’t obsessed with hacking “taxi industry” and “limousines” because they had to wait for a cab too long in Paris?
Right there on the corner of Brannan and Fourth Streets, there is a billboard advertising some marijuana brand, saying “Hello marijuana, goodbye stress.” It got me thinking about stress and what is that is making people stressed out? Also, what does it say about people living in this tech town — are we so stressed, because of work? Continue reading “You are stressing me out…. Man!”
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.
After a hectic few weeks of travel, this morning I finally got a chance to get back into the routine of reading and replying to emails, tuning into the ether to get the latest updates on technology news, and most importantly, opening my writing app to jot down a few thoughts. And before I could get too far, I saw the story in The Information about an investor who was using his position of privilege to cross the line and harass female founders.
Continue reading “Practice, don’t preach “
The story, after a few hours actually roared into the social consciousness, becoming a much tweeted topic, though initially amongst female founders and investors. A few hours later predictably, we started to see comments, hot takes and the ensuing talk of diversity emerge from the VC community. There was even a Decency Pledge created. Many signed up – and while it seems like a great idea that as investors (and I am part of that demographic) should treat entrepreneurs, especially female founders with the same standards of ethics and decency as we expect from our founders when it comes to female employees.