Archive | October, 2012

Pockets of Longevity

24 Oct

Seeking to learn more about the island’s reputation for long-lived residents, I called on Dr. Ilias Leriadis, one of Ikaria’s few physicians, in 2009. On an outdoor patio at his weekend house, he set a table with Kalamata olives, hummus, heavy Ikarian bread and wine. “People stay up late here,” Leriadis said. “We wake up late and always take naps. I don’t even open my office until 11 a.m. because no one comes before then.” He took a sip of his wine. “Have you noticed that no one wears a watch here? No clock is working correctly. When you invite someone to lunch, they might come at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. We simply don’t care about the clock here.”


Ikaria, an island about 30 miles off the western coast of Turkey where people are reaching the age of 90 at two and a half time the rate Americans do, and suffering about a quarter the rate of dementia.



Eureka Moments

24 Oct

“During these periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight to scientific research.”‘

 Fritjof Capra  The Tao Of Physics 


VC Creative?

23 Oct


Going All In

22 Oct

Sometimes you need to move all in to really take advantage of an opportunity- case in point, Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann;

“It wasn’t the right market. It wasn’t the right timing. But actually the only dependent variable was just me. I never actually committed and put myself in the position where I had to commit. For me at least, the act of committing and going out and doing it turned out to be a really important thing.”


Friday Night Fever

19 Oct

It’s Friday night and my goal for the night is chai tea, dark chocolate apricots and saccatea. I am reminded of a story Chris Sacca, of Lowercase Capital, told during a speech he gave in downtown Buffalo. He mentioned being pissed he was home working on a Friday night – he sends a tweet out airing his disdain, asking if anyone else is up late working- long story short he gets a tweet from two founders burning the midnight oil. He’s intrigued and eventually ends up meeting them face to face, investing in their startup and forever changing the course of their lives …you just never know.


Khosla Ventures

18 Oct

Khosla Ventures partner Samir Kaul put it: “The way to make money in venture is very clear. You have to have massive technology disruption in a large market that gives you a long-term differentiated advantage. And you need to have some proprietary deal flow.”

Reactive vs. Proactive

17 Oct

If you’re running a business it’s important to get into a proactive mindset. Go after what YOU want and need for your business. Make a list of the people, organizations, groups you want to work with. They will not seek you out, you have to find them. The people who find you are generally wasting your time. They may fulfill some basic needs, if you’re lucky, but recognize you’re being REACTIVE! You’re being sold, you should be doing the selling!