So, you want to be a startup mentor

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge From Silicon Alley to Silicon Wadi to Silicon Mountain (!), the world is full of both established and would-be technology hubs, trying to be or become the local alternative to the SF…

Managing Chaos around the Tech Founders

I recently came across this Blitzscaling session in which LinkedIn’s own Reid Hoffman interviews Eric Schmidt. I found it to be ridiculously full of leadership insight, so wanted to share how it resonated with me. I’m certainly not alone in being a fan of Schmidt as a tech business leader – but my personal angle is specifically…

Thoughts on Gartner’s latest Iaas Magic Quadrant

Spring is here and ’tis the season for research firm Gartner to publish its annual Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant. This year’s grid came out last month, but still I thought I’d contribute a few points that I found interesting, following up on my previous post. The big three: no, I’m not referring to Lebron-Kyrie-Kevin. AWS continues to…

Surviving in the Public IaaS Market

If we look at market growth rates and the concentration of power within a handful of providers, using the terminology coined by Geoffrey Moore, it could easily be argued that the public IaaS cloud market is in the tornado and approaching Main Street. Despite a lack of publicly available market share data, for many in the…

Mad Men: 7 Musings for 7 Seasons

(Minor spoiler alert if you haven’t finished watching the series) I’m sure other, better-qualified people have touched on some of these points, but nonetheless I had an urge to put my own thoughts out there. The white man’s pain. A film critic I admire (yes, that emotion is possible towards a film critic) once claimed that…

Make your own mosaic

Getting and benefiting from advice is a bit like putting together a mosaic. Somehow, you need to take all those small pieces, in different colors, that seemingly have no connection to each other, figure out which ones are relevant for you, and the create a self-expressive, coherent piece that by aggregating those little pieces in…