Rise of the On-Demand Marketplace

One of the fastest-growing, and most fascinating, type of tech business in the last five years is the on-demand marketplace. Services like Uber (taxis) and Instacart (groceries) take something that was inefficient in the past and make it frictionless. And, all the while, creating jobs and growing the economy. Here are a few trends contributing to the…

One New Insight Per Day

Reflecting on this past week, there were so many insights and takeaways from a number of different conversations. Overall, one theme kept coming back to me: how to get one great new insight per day. Whether it’s an idea on how to do something better, a way to think about a problem, or just how the…

Service Providers as Angel Investors

Continuing with the recent post The Tourist (Investors) are in Town, there’s another element that I’ve seen more lately: service providers as angel investors. Now, lawyers can’t invest due to a conflict of interest, but PR, marketing, commercial real estate, and other types of service providers can, and do, invest. In fact, there’s an angle with a…

The Tourist (Investors) are in Town

Last week I was at a non-tech event where everyone at my table was talking about startups and angel investing. Every single person at the table had written a check, and that wasn’t even related to the purpose of the event. As another investor I know calls it, “the tourists are in town.” Tourists, as…