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

  • 23 April 2015

    Values in an Organization

    Culture is one of the core elements that startups consistently underestimate. Yet, experienced entrepreneurs identify culture as instrumental to their company's success. As such, we are continuing to highlight practical examples of startups that bring Culture to life. Today, I am pleased to introduce Education Resource Strategies (ERS) as a wonderful example of a values-based organization. ERS has a clear and compelling vision to help transform education through smart resourcing. As you’ll read below, Karen and Allison have developed a robust set of core values that they have integrated into their venture, ERS. These entrepreneurs have engrained their values into everything from on-the-job behavior to their weekly standup meetings, bi-weekly coaching, monthly innovation days, and more. This ethos is also an important part of their overall strategy and extends into their partnerships outside ERS. It’s an exciting example of culture at work and for an important cause. Enjoy their story!
  • 10 April 2015

    Don't Buy An Apple Watch - I'll Give You Mine...

    Last night at 12:01 PDT, I bought an Apple watch without trying it. I bought it as an investor, and made a trade for the long term to buy into Apple even further when Apple initially dipped this morning.  But I know I don’t need the watch as a consumer. And, you likely won’t either. So what is my reasoning for buying it and investing further in Apple?
  • 10 March 2015

    From Minimum Viable Product to Maximum Market Leadership

    Over the last couple of weeks in Jeff Bussgang’s class at HBS on Launching Technology Ventures (LTV), we have discussed the challenges of product development from inception to scale and some make or break startup decisions.