Learning to Share

As an entrepreneur of 20+ years, turned venture capitalist for the last decade+, I’m passionate about investing to accelerate innovation and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Yet the older I get the more I realize I have to learn.  And because one of the best ways to learn is to teach, I am developing classes and workshops such as Startup Secrets for institutions like Harvard, that are shared here.

So my goals on this site are to:  

Provide frameworks like Startup Secrets to empower Entrepreneurs, including Videos, Slideshows and Articles

Bring these to life with an expanding library of real world Case Examples.

Seek out thought leadership in industry areas where I invest such as 

Foster collaboration and sharing of best practice among the terrific entrepreneurs and executives who I'm lucky enough to work with and invest in as well as connect with and support the next generation of founders.

What can you do in return? 

  1. Subscribe to the RSS feed anonymously to get updated posts
  2. Sign up for information on new classes and workshops and to let us know who you are  
  3. Give feedback here and throughout the site on whatever other areas you would find useful

I hope you enjoy the site and I look forward to collaborating with you to accelerate innovation and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs!

Best, Michael

News

  • 25 July 2015

    6 Simple Ideas To Jumpstart Your Career

    Last week we had the privilege of joining a TechGen session for many of Boston’s adventurous interns. As usual, the interns asked fantastic questions ranging from developing an idea and who to validate it with to how to find a great job. On this last point, it was clear there's too much pressure associated with finding the perfect job when starting out in life. So we discussed a framework for how to think of it as a journey of self discovery to enjoy, while building things like transferable skills to help build toward a fulfilling career. Read on to hear the framework and some tips to find alignment between your passion and work, as well as traps to avoid, like chasing money or confusing hobbies and work.
  • 30 May 2015

    Acquia’s Growth and Gravitational Pull, Lands Us Right Back Where We Started!

    Not long ago, it was my privilege to host Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson as they founded a company -- the company we now know as Acquia. Today we've come 360 degrees as my team is working on our investment and not for profit startup out of Acquia's office space. This full circle is Boston at its best. Creating value, and then reinvesting for the next generation, thanks to the bold minds and generous spirits of founders like these and great executives like Acquia's CEO Tom Erickson and his team who invited us to co-locate with them. It's been a fun journey since they started pondering the future of the web and how enterprises would need to unite their communities, content, and commerce.
  • 1 May 2015

    Failure is Underrated and Overburdened. Don’t fear it - use it!

    Most advice you're going to hear on failure will be trite. Statements like “fail fast” or “learn from it”. That's obvious and useless without a framework for learning. And if you fear failure, chances are it’s because of the unknown. So I’ll tackle both head on in this article and give you 7 ways to utilize it to your advantage.