Category Archives: Innovation

Top 10 Life Lessons from Navy Seal Training

I was lucky enough to live on Coronado beach in San Diego and saw the NAVY SEALs training every morning at the break of dawn.  These top 10 lessons are courtesy of Admiral Will McRaven’s commencement address at UT Austin. … Continue reading

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My Interview at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit

I was delighted to Chair the Executive Session featuring CEOs and CTOs of innovating mobile companies at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit held at beautiful Cavallo Point Resort in San Francisco.  My co-chair was Scott Davis, CTO of End User Computing at VMWare.  Noted journalist Dylan Tweney interviewed … Continue reading

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IEEE Big Data VC – Certificate of Appreciation

This week I’d like to thank my friends at the IEEE Computer Society for recognizing me as a “Big Data VC” and presenting me with the IEEE Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service at the IEEE Cloud/BigData 2013 Plenary Session … Continue reading

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Judging the Plug & Play Tech Center Spring Expo

I was pleased to participate as a VIP Judge at the Plug and Play TechCenter’s Spring Expo. Other judges included folks from LightSpeed, Menlo Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Doll Capital Management, Norwest Venture Partners, and NEA.  I was impressed with the … Continue reading

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Healthcare Technologies: Trends and Opportunities

On February 28, 2013 I was honored to be a Panelist at an event organized by VC Taskforce on the Trends and Opportunities in Healthcare Technologies. VC Taskforce is a leading organization that seeks to foster greater connectivity and networking … Continue reading

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Panel at Venture Summit West

On February 13, 2013 I spoke at the “Fundable Deals: Making VCs Sit Up and Take Notice” panel at Venture Summit West at the venerable Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  Venture Summit West is a premier industry gathering connecting … Continue reading

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In Ecommerce – Revenues are Ego, Profit is Intellect

When it comes to ecommerce or retail, Revenues are Ego, Margin is Intellect.  I owe this key insight to my former partner Tom Stemberg, who founded Staples and built it from scratch to a $17B company.  Ecommerce businesses, by and … Continue reading

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