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I'm a strong believer that you can build great companies in time of both greed and fear. But you have to be paying attention and operating under the right assumptions. You don't have to believe history repeats itself, but you should accept that history rhymes.
While I live a busy life, the pace ebbs and flows.
My optimism holds that the good guys eventually come out on top.
Technology doesn't address everything - for example, air travel still sucks.
If you are feeling some December blues, or even depression, don't fight it. Instead, do something for yourself. Be reflective. Let the emotions exist. And be encouraged that, like me, you can get to a better place, but it can take time.
It's much easier to get a reception from someone if there is an introduction versus randomly trying to get in front of people.
Ultimately, the goal is to use acquisitions to compress time on product development and get people on the team, especially in senior roles, who can help build out areas of the company they have experience in.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm a strong advocate for diversity across all dimensions.
What I'm looking for in my interaction is critical thinking on the part of the person pitching to me.
I believe that all men and women are created equal, but it took our country until 1920 to acknowledge this for women. And then it took until 1964, the year before I was born, to outlaw discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. And same-sex marriage became the law of the land in 2015.
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While it's trendy to outsource your accounting to a third party, once you hit a certain size, it's dangerous.
I'm hugely intrinsically motivated and have always believed that I'm fueled and motivated by learning.
Repeat after me: 'There is a very limited amount of easy money.'
On a daily basis, I pay almost no attention to the macro.
Some Sundays, I read it quickly - other Sundays, I savor it. I generally spend most of my time in 'The New York Times Book Review,' 'Sunday Business,' 'Sunday Review,' and 'The New York Times Magazine.' I turn all the other pages, only stopping when I find a headline that interests me.
I was afraid people wouldn't take me seriously, or would stop respecting me, if I talked about how bad I was feeling. The only people I talked openly about it with was my business partner, Dave Jilk, and my girlfriend - now wife - Amy Batchelor. They were amazingly supportive, but even then, I was deeply ashamed about my weaknesses.
While the line between stress, deep anxiety, and depression often blurs, most entrepreneurs struggle with broad mental health issues at various points in their lives.
As a teenager, my dad taught me about the idea of unintended consequences, and I've had the experience, and how to deal with it, pounded into my soul over the years.
I can't tell you the number of people who pitched something and have no idea whom they are pitching it to. They don't know the background of the investor.
I love dreams.
When the entrepreneur is obsessed with the product and the company has organized all of its activities around that, it's very powerful.
One of my core values is diversity of everything.
Think about it for a brief moment. Suspend disbelief. Wind the clock forward 100 years. Do you think, as a species, we will still be struggling with the things that vex us today? Will we still be arguing about the same stuff? We will still be eating Cocoa Puffs? We are at the end of the beginning.
Don't be afraid to have a big vision, but make sure it's a clear one.
Taking a great new idea with an entrepreneurial team that wants to create something significant and trying to build a real company is what is interesting.
One of the consistent characteristics of the tech industry is an endless labelling of technology and approaches.
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