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The Real Reasons Adults Love To Give Kids Sugar

The world rains sugar on my children. The bus driver offers my child bubble gum. The teachers offer a cupcake for every birthday party. The school vending machine is full of junk food; so is the one at the Y. At camp, the counselors offer candy and a freeze pop at the end of the day..and [...continue reading]

Guaranteed Process: How to Get Married This Year

I’m giving a talk this weekend at Limmud NY and then in a month at Limmud FSU on "Investment Banking in the Marriage Market: Find Your Dream Spouse without the Drama". In this presentation,  I take the same standard process that works for sales, raising capital, and sourcing deals, and apply it to [...continue reading]

Surprise gift for your spouse or partner

  As part of joining ff, I’ve moved as much of my personal technology stack over to our portfolio companies as possible.  I switched from Phonetag.com to Phone.com for managing my personal telephony. One of the useful features of Phone.com is that I can customize an unlimited number of [...continue reading]

Bubble Sort for Dating

  HBO is now producing TV shows about sleazy VC dating habits, and the New York Times, clearly responding to the internet’s desire for quality journalism, just ran a piece on Silicon Valley’s most eligible bachelors (although 3 are already paired up, according to Betabeat). Given how the [...continue reading]

Online Dating is the Future of Your Business

I gave a talk today as part of TEDx Silicon Valley on "Online Dating is the Future of Your Business". Here's the video and an expanded version of the slide deck. In the talk I discuss how some of the successful online dating startups are models for new businesses, many of which in various ways [...continue reading]

Looks Do Matter

Daniel Akst has a fascinating piece on how much, and how, Looks do matter. The best observation: Although looks in mating still matter much more to men than to women, the importance of appearance appears to be rising on both sides of the gender divide. In a fascinating cross-generational study of [...continue reading]

Five Rules for Balancing Business and Friendship

From RLI Corp. Vice President, Executive Products Group, A. Q. "Skip" Orza: 1. Never renege on your handshake. Multimillion-dollar, complex deals are sealed by handshakes or verbal agreements on the phone, and you live by them. If you don't honor them on paper afterward, you'll lose longstanding [...continue reading]

What's love worth? Try $100k

Money Magazine reports that a happy marriage is worth $100k /year.After 2 years of marriage, I can only say this is a ridiculously low estimate of the value of a spouse.Happy Valentine's Day! [...continue reading]