I’m a fuck up

I did a monster post on the CB Insights blog about my 54 failures as a startup CEO.
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Turning 41

I turned 41 today. Last year at this time, I was in Vegas with my crew from Penn acting like an idiot. This is the crew that this blog takes it’s name from (we lived together at 4044 Walnut).
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Theft or public interest?

Aaron Sorkin penned an op-ed in the NY Times talking about the hack of Sony and the subsequent publishing of info that the hackers stole. In it, he writes:

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Vanity is Powerful

Twitter has been great for CB Insights, but I’ve honestly not taken to it personally as well as I probably should have. I don’t think I get it. I follow people who I think are interesting but actually tweeting is something I kind of suck at.

But there is an element to Twitter that is very powerful to me and that is vanity.

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Public email

I gotta say, I feel bad for Sony. The hacking was, of course, probably inevitable given what seems like very lax security procedures but now we are seeing the leaked emails.
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Equity crowd funding

The thing that had startups hot & bothered about in 2012 & 2013 is going to wait a bit longer with new SEC discussions and delays.

I do wonder what this does to crowd funding platforms which have cropped up?
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Hacking Culture

We held an internal demo day at CB Insights a few weeks ago where folks presesented experimental ideas they spent 3 days working on. It was as I mentioned before a highlight for me of my time working at CB Insights.  Mike on our team did a great blog post about the Pitch & Demo day and its impacts on our culture.

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Kids Just Want Venture Capital

I really like Chris Dixon’s ideas. In fact, his bowling pin strategy post is one of my favorites of all time (I know the idea is not his but I learned it by reading his blog so he gets credit in my book).

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50,000+ Newsletter Subscribers

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Today, the CB Insights newsletter hit 50,000+ subscribers. I’m super proud of our research & data team for churning out killer content that serves as the engine to grow our newsletter and attract new subscribers. More importantly, these people stick around as they trust us to not abuse their inboxes or to send them shitty content and data.  We agonize over every newsletter quite a bit so that we don’t disappoint.

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Private Bubble

I was at dinner a few weeks ago with some old Penn friends who are all quite successful.  I was the lone startup guy. The others were a hedge fund guy, a private equity guy, two VCs and one semi-professional poker player.

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