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The iconic VC-Backed founders are all White & Asian men. So why invest in diversity?

(co-written with Katherine Boe Heuck, a MBA candidate at MIT Sloan (class of 2022); past intern at Versatile VC; and a current intern at Metaprop NYC.) What can we learn from the best 40 venture capital investments of all time? Well, we learn to invest exclusively in men, preferably white or [...continue reading]

Free Money for Startups

We have added a large new section to the Versatile VC website with some of the best sources of free money for tech-enabled founders. That’s free as in “free beer”, not free as in “free speech”. Free tech accelerators: No equity, no cash Free money and support from the Fortune Global 500 [...continue reading]

How to find the right online communities

The user experience in the big, ungated social networks is getting steadily worse: spam, bots, fake news. There are three main solutions: technology (i.e., anti-bot tools, but that's an endless battle); gating; and/or curation/moderation. One result: I think we’ll see people spending [...continue reading]

Flexible VC, a New Model for Companies Targeting Profitability

(co-written with Jamie Finney, Founding Partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund. His work on VC and small communities can be found at greatercolorado.vc/blog. ) This essay is part of a series on alternative VC: I: Revenue-Based Investing: a new option for founders who care about control II: [...continue reading]

How business leaders can promote wearing masks and stop COVID-19

The overwhelming consensus of medical opinion is that in order to mitigate COVID-19 as effectively as some other countries have, America needs to make mask-wearing normative. How can you help?  Some ideas: Incorporate masks into your visual communications. In your advertising, brochures, [...continue reading]

ESG in Venture Capital: Interview with Blue Future Partners (VC Fund of Funds)

Blue Future Partners, a venture capital fund of funds, recently interviewed me on ESG in venture capital. Here's what I said: In your career in tech and VC, how has your focus on ESG responsibility changed over time? There’s an old line from Victor Hugo: “If a man is not a [liberal] at twenty, it [...continue reading]

Partisan Activism 101 for Investors and Executives

You care passionately about certain political causes. How can you use your professional influence to help create change? When your grandchildren ask you, “What did you do during the craziness of 2020?”, how will you answer them?    Reid Hoffman, cofounder of Linkedin, [...continue reading]

How Non-Partisan Business Leaders Can Help Fix America

10 non-partisan action steps for investors and executives to help fix our broken political process Almost everyone agrees that the American political system is dysfunctional. You love our country, and you want to do something about it.  But, becoming politically active can be a [...continue reading]