[Transcript] With Recent Passage of Regulation A of the JOBS Act, startups can raise up to $50m from the public… Where is this heading @jason? #AskJason

For those of you that know me well, you know I love ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis.  He’s one of the industry’s best interviewers and his podcasts are always engaging. A couple weeks back I was invited to submit an #AskJason question where I could ask him any question regarding startups or angel investing. For my […]

Why Anonymous Social Networks Will Never Become Billion Dollar Businesses

Much of what I theorize below I learned from @JimScheinman of Maven Ventures.  To be clear, these words are mine only and I do not speak for Jim.  That said, he taught me a lot and I wouldn’t be able to write this post without our many lengthy conversations about consumer startups. Anonymous Social Networks Earlier this […]

How I saved hundreds of clicks by reverting my Google Chrome User Profile switcher to its original settings

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This is one of the stranger posts I’ve written. Not because it covers a nuanced issue. But because it covers a very large pain point that all of my friends complain about but none bother to fix. At first I thought they were too lazy to fix it but after asking around, it turns out they didn’t know how. […]

What if You Could Create Artwork in Virtual Reality then Print it with a 3D Printer?!

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I had a very inspirational conversation with my friend Eric.  We are both really into VR.  He is also an artist.  Last week we chatted about future technologies and the amazement of possibilities.  While thinking outload, he blurted, ‘what if you could design something in VR then later print it in 3D!‘ ** I thought […]

AngelList Syndicates Explained for Real Estate Investors

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My friend asked me to explain to him what AngelList syndicates are. He invests in commercial real estate.  The principles of investing in real estate and startups are almost polar opposites.  I am proud of him for wanting to learn. Instead of emailing the answer, I figured I’d share my answer here. If anything below […]

5 Products I Hope Come to Fruition in 2015

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Over the past couple of weeks I created a list of products I’d like to see in the world. These ideas come from my own daily pain points, reflective business chats I’ve had with friends over coffee, or sometimes even dreams that I still remember in the morning.  I was going to save this post for later but I […]

My Experience at Burning Man 2014: French Manila Air will be Boarding in 10 Minutes

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It’s been about a week since returning from Burning Man (BM), an annual art festival in the Nevada desert, and my brain is still trying to digest what exactly happened. To say that my reality was rocked would be an understatement.  I’ll do my best to sum up what I learned from the event while […]

Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part II – The Overview Reports

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This post was originally published on Inman Next and is the second post I wrote on Google Analytics (GA) for real estate professionals. In this post you will learn how to read and interpret the Google Analytics reports, as well as understand which metrics are most important for helping you grow your online business. In Part I […]

Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part I — The Setup

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This post was originally published on Inman Next and is the first post I wrote on Google Analytics (GA) for real estate professionals. In this post you will learn how to set up, install and configure your GA account properly so that we can be sure the data you receive is accurate. In the posts that follow, […]

4 Lessons Learned from GrowthHacker Meetup with Gagan Biyani

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I recently helped host the third GrowthHackers Meetup in San Francisco, featuring Gagan Biyani of Udemy, Lyft, GrowthHackers Conference, and now Sprig. Below is a summary of lessons I learned. Remove Ego, Focus on Working Hard Gagan started his talk by explaining that the trick with early-stage startups is to eliminate your ego as much as possible. […]