Transgender people, those whose internal gender identity differs from the sex that was assigned to them at birth, make up about 1.4 million adults in the United States. They are our friends, neighbors, loved ones and co-workers. The best way to be supportive isn't always clear. Even recently, my partner and I were discussing our… Continue reading The Transition Forward Project
A little more than a year ago I remember talking to Steph about an idea. After a whole bunch of people contributed to make it real we ended up with something pretty special. Now that we are on the cusp of the second Monetery event I thought it was worth sharing a bit about why… Continue reading The Monetery Thesis
Someone asked me this week about what I look out for during an interview. This also came around the time I've been working with my coach on things that drain me emotionally. I've even found myself talking about my Prana. What I realized in trying to answer this question is the things I look out… Continue reading The enemies of progress
For years I've wanted to design a chess set. It's universal language has always been an attraction for me. I started doodling around Thanksgiving and creating my first parts over Christmas break. I finally finished the set a few weeks ago. The initial designs were all done in Sketchup and that's where the images below were… Continue reading Just because
The Dwolla team is introducing investor meetings at Monetery this year to connect early stage companies with investors they might not otherwise meet. These meetings are structured as sit down introductions between the VC and company. They are low stress and are simply a way for people to get to know one another. Which is… Continue reading Helping you raise capital
We had a nice ribbon cutting this week at Dwolla and during the event I received a question that surprised me a little bit. While I'll get the exact words wrong, the gist of it was: Doesn't it bother you that Apple talks about 50 jobs and they get $200 million in incentives. But you… Continue reading Incentive Inequality
When talking to local entrepreneurs, my feedback is always different than talking to people who live on the coasts. The coasts, for reference are really US West & US East. More and more the coast type feedback could also apply to those in Boulder. I'm going to start saying no-coast instead of the midwest because… Continue reading Out of sight & out of mind. The no-coast startup.
Raising capital is harder than it should be in emerging startup communities largely in part to a lack of established processes and shared terms. Everything is new and that's not really a good thing when it comes to term sheets and deal terms. I've suggested the idea multiple times that communities could have a community… Continue reading The One Page Term Sheet
It's hard to be a great lawyer. It's often thought generically that engineers manage code and lawyers manage words. The complexity of words is quite difficult to grasp especially when testing ones work is subject to interpretation and emotions. Great lawyers and great engineers appear to share some traits, they speak and act with specificity.… Continue reading Great Lawyering
In a Technology Association of Iowa board meeting many weeks ago, the topic of talent emerged. I always think this is an interesting topic. The specific discussion led to, "why do students leave Iowa who study here?" The outcome of the TAI board meeting was to come up with something to present that covered: How… Continue reading Why do well educated young people leave Iowa?