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Amore Vintage Tokyo

Vintage Shopping in Tokyo

Tokyo is in my top three of world’s best cities for vintage shopping. So after spending a week in Japan for 500’s Kobe Pre-Accelerator, I took the bullet train to Tokyo for a few days of intense vintage shopping.  Tokyo is great for a few things. 90s era streetwear (think old school Polo sweatshirts and […]

The Unsolicited Advice I Gave to an Aspiring VC

The Unsolicited Advice I Gave to an Aspiring VC

If you ever ask me for advice, I’ll probably give you 75% the advice you requested and 25% an opinion that you didn’t really ask me for. That unsolicited advice is the vig for the advice you actually came for.  Several months ago, someone I’ve known for years asked me for some advice.   They were […]

Slides from Kellogg PEVC Conference Keynote

   These are the slides from my keynote at Kellogg’s PEVC conference in Chicago. The audience was Kellogg MBA students as well as investors from both the PE and VC world. They wanted me to talk a bit about my career path and how I became a VC. I always struggle with this because I […]

What am I Doing in Africa?

We’re one part [venture] capitalists, one part social warriors. – Paul Ark, Siam Commercial Bank of Thailand – GOAP Africa I just spent two weeks in Africa with 22 ‘Geeks’ (now amazing friends) representing financial services/fintech, social impact investing, government, and venture capital during 500 Startups’ first Geeks on a Plane to sub-Saharan Africa. We […]