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TORII HUNTER
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What does a baseball player like Torii Hunter do when he wants to start investing in tech? He finds the people in tech who have accomplished in tech as much as he has in baseball. Torii Hunter was a five-time...
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BIBLE STUDY
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In bible study today I reflected on what I’ve learned about successful engineers, founders, and executives. Here is one thing I learned that I hope helps someone. The things we focus on will manifest one way or another. Jesus said...
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CASPER
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When I told my investors we were investing in Casper they laughed at me. Literally. In the first month, they destroyed sales forecast and were on a 12m run rate. What I learned from Casper is disruption is scary AND...
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ROBINHOOD
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One of my favorite things about investing in tech is being able to beta test technology before its released to the public. When I invested in Robinhood in 2014 I was able to beta test it and use my wall...
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RING
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In March 2014 we invested in Doorbot which is now called Ring. Four years later it was acquired by Amazon for $1 billion. That’s a 9,900% ROI! This is why people invest in tech and why founders start tech companies....
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ICE CUBE
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@icecube should be studied by writers like #jimcollins who wrote #goodtogreat & #builttolast because he epitomizes those findings. “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't is a management book that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and...
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RAY LEWIS
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Ice Cube used to be Amerikkka’s most wanted. 50 Cent was a street thug that robbed other rappers. You don’t have to finish the way you began. If you don’t know Ray Lewis personally, forget the Hall of Famer and...
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HOW VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS WORK
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Not all VC firms are alike! Some are raising their 10th fund with billions under management while others are investing out of their first fund with $5-10m under Mgmt. Some focus on early stage companies, while others focus on growth...
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THE IDEA MAZE
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Within 10 minutes of speaking to founders, I can tell if they made it through the “idea maze” or not. The founders that haven’t typically aren’t ready to take money from investors yet. “It has become popular in the startup...
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HOW TO VALUE YOUR BUSINESS
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“There is no such thing as a bad investment, just bad prices.” The breakdown of how much your company is worth boils down to 2 factors: risk & competitiveness. RISK: How many points of failure/uncertainty does my business have between...
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