I moved to Boulder, CO in 2002 from SF. The dot-com era had come to a screeching halt and it was time for a change. I didn’t move to Boulder because of the vibrant startup community (there wasn’t one), and it wasn’t until 2006 that things started to build momentum. Looking back at that time and thinking about where we are as a community now is truly inspiring. So many people have contributed substantial time and energy to turn the Boulder/Denver tech community into the powerful hub it now.

I feel a deep sense of gratitude for our community. This…


I’ve been a fan of Eliot Peper’s writing since the beginning of his work when he mashed together with the world of startups and the techno-thriller novel into a wild ride. This was the Uncommon Series, three gripping novels about an intrepid entrepreneur named Mara Winkel. Perhaps it was the oh-so-close-to-home aspect (Mara lived in Boulder, CO, and was running a deep-tech company), or how relevant to my own life some of the elements of the story felt (ok, only a few).

analog series

I’m not here to talk about the Uncommon Series, but I certainly would recommend putting it on your…


Back in late 2000, I was running Network Operations for Volera, which was a nascent joint venture spinout created by Novell, Nortel, and Accenture. Novell had acquired JustOn, a file-sharing and cloud applications company I was a co-founder of.

(More on that side of the story in another post….as my inspiration for sharing this one is Cyber Monday and the upcoming consumer-driven holidays.)

Volera was an exciting, and fast-moving Content Distribution Network (CDN) company. We had industry-leading tech and a unique approach vis a vis the other CDNs at the time. We made websites a lot faster, helped them scale…


Wow. It’s been a minute since I’ve written here. My last update was in November of last year. We were on our adventure abroad and I was working to disengage from my tech and venture life while spending quality time with my family in fun and exciting new places. I have so much to share — I’m feeling inspired, excited and glad to be back (mostly). Let’s jump right in!

The Adventure Abroad — in a word, epic. Reflecting on the entire experience, it was full of so many different kinds of experiences and emotions. We had truly amazing ones…


I’ll be honest, I’ve been putting off this post for at least a month. In part because I wanted some time to reflect before writing it. I also have been totally distracted as you’ll read below. I am glad to be sharing this now and am looking ahead!

So, with that out of the way, I have some exciting news to share. After six wonderful and rewarding years at Techstars, the time has come for me to depart. This was a hard decision to make for both of us, as we’ve had a long relationship thus far and my colleagues…


Fred Wilson recently wrote about valuation obsession where companies are trying to raise money at nosebleed valuations in order to obtain the credibility & visibility they they want (or that the press wants to cover). He also talks about concern that valuation has become about checking a box or the number itself vs validation around building a great product and business. …


The CEO of a B2B IoT company reached out to me yesterday asking what I’d want to see from the company in order to want to re-engage around their Series A. They are just wrapping up the seed round now. This is a great mental and planning exercise for any company to do right at the end of a financing so they are thinking about the next phase of the business in terms of milestones, not just cash-management or revenue alone. I thought I’d share my responses here.

This is an imperfect, hastily written list that has gaps. I’d also…


The success of SpaceX’s Facon Heavy launch today was truly inspirational. If you missed the launch event, check it out here. There is something bigger than the launch itself happening here, and it got me thinking….

If you could go to Mars and become a colonist, would you go? Would you give up all of your creature comforts, your families (perhaps), your dog, and go live out the rest of your days on an inhospitable planet that was probably trying to kill you? Would you go be a farmer, a doctor, an engineer, etc in the smallest town ever?

One…


The last 24 hours have been another wild ride in the #crypto world. We have seen FIVE different 30% corrections in Bitcoin in the last year. For some, it was panic, for others…buying opportunities.

credit to @cryptomanran & newsbtc.com

What’s so fascinating is the spectrum of human behavior that shows up and the content that goes with it. It ranges from “Watch out!” to “I told you so”, to “don’t panic!”

I flew to Boston today and was able to read through a bunch of these posts on the flight. Then I got to this NYT article. Probably one of the best written, clearest and…


I’ve decided to spend 2018 only writing here on Medium. I’ve found that my desire to write on Wordpress and deal with cross publishing is waning and its decreased my desire to write at all. In fact, I’m pretty sick of the tech/venture echo chamber I live in and generally don’t feel like contributing to the noise. However…

aah, last summer’s highlight…

I do find that writing helps me think and gives me time to reflect, and I really should do it more often. What I’ve also learned is that I need to be able to get stuff out in short bursts rather than…

Thoughts from the Frontier

Co-Founder and MD @ Massive.vc, Partner @ The Fund Rockies. Prev: Techstars VC, Co-Founder @ Filtrbox (sold to Jive) Co-Founder @ JustOn.com (sold to Novell).

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