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In the fast-paced sport of basketball a team of five can function in harmony, fetching rebounds, kicking out and setting up ally oops. Pairs can set picks for each other. Players move at varying speeds. A standout individual can be a key ingredient to winning. Personally, I’m more of a football guy. Besides having legs Read more about Basketball Teams or Football?[…]
I really want a driverless car. I’ve never been much of a car guy. I drive a 2006 Honda Accord with 100K+ miles. I’m actually not really sure how many miles it has because I don’t pay that close of attention. See, not a car guy. I just want a reliable and inexpensive way to Read more about Redeeming the drive[…]
A friend and I have been emailing the last few days about the non-profit organizational structure of MatchBOX Coworking Studio. He’s thinking about doing something to impact entrepreneurial communities. It won’t be directly part of his main business but will build off of his success there and could lead indirectly to even more opportunities in Read more about Making money, profit, and impact[…]
A good friend shot me an email asking what was up with my post about not doing VC investment any longer. My friend leads a business. We’ve worked together formally and informally on growing that business. We’ve also discussed starting and jointly owning something new. So of course that email was checking in to make Read more about A letter to a friend[…]
This morning, I was sipping my coffee and enjoying a book entitled Paradigms by Joel Arthur Barker. On the cover is a gentleman who I assume to be the author. He is wearing a suit and looks like the picture was taken in 1992. If the old adage is “you shouldn’t judge a book by Read more about Game Makers, Paradigm Shifters & Disruptors[…]
Part of the edge a small investor innately possesses is the ability to go where others cannot. As assets under management (AUM) increase this becomes increasingly difficult to sustain. Most professional investors day dream about doing big, heavy deals with large enterprise values. They say that, in order to profit more from their time they Read more about Can we stay small?[…]
Little Engine Ventures is out of the startup game. My title when we started was Director of Startups. I was to oversee deal flow and lead the investment decisions in early (seed) stage technology companies that we believed had high potential to grow. From the beginning there was only going to be a small portion Read more about My Year as a VC[…]
Inspired by Daryl’s post, which was inspired by Jefferson: 5 Wake early & read Family 6 Email/Slack Triage and Task list organize. Shower Family 7 Breakfast and catchup with family Commute 8 Coffee meeting – community / mentor focused 9 Project work 10 11 12 Business Lunch Meeting 1 Email/Slack Triage 2 Calls 3 4 Read more about Walk a Day in My Shoes – Berger[…]
The brands or sectors listed in our brand wheel are purists. We believe the most enduring brands are split complementary. They start with a split base and spice it up with an opposite accent, tactically exploited. The next best and most common successful brands are Read more about Brand Promise Wheel[…]
Little Engine Ventures endeavors to lower transaction costs for illiquid investments. We do this by simplifying the sale of private company interests. Many small businesses incur 10% or more of the enterprise value in transaction costs. As an example, a $2M company might spend 5-10% on a broker, and another $20,000 to $100,000 on legal Read more about Lower Transaction Costs[…]