The relationship between the natural and financial worlds is intertwined in subtle but impactful ways.
While fictional, one memorable scene that highlights this relationship is in the first season of Silicon Valley. Peter Gregory, a quirky venture capitalist, notices that a once and two hundred year cicada event will likely drive demand for Indonesian sesame seed crops, a trend that financial markets appeared to be unaware of. In response, Peter buys Indonesian sesame seed futures and scores a huge profit when the real-world prediction hits the financial markets. …
A Moneyball analysis for the NFL’s most boring play.
On the eve of the Presidential election, the Monday Night Football game played out between the Buccaneers and the Giants.
Twice during the game, the Buccaneers punted the ball and for both punts, the Giants lined up in a full-on punt block, despite it not being a desperation situation.
The Buccaneers punter shortened his distance and kicked seemingly normal punts. The whole thing blew over without controversy except for a few observational tweets from the twitter-verse.
This got me thinking though — why did the Giants, with a special teams specialist head coach — decide to punt block in those two situations? Was there something in the data telling them to do so? …
Securing a seed round is an exciting step for your company. You’ve hustled for months and have finally managed to lock down a lead and fill it in with some great follow-on investors.
What you’re facing next might be even harder than you’ve realized though. As venture capital checks have gotten fatter and more infrequent, fewer companies are making it from their Seed to their Series A rounds.
I recently had the opportunity to interview James Conlon from Bullpen Capital about what he calls the “post-seed funding gap.”
As he puts it:
“It’s never been easier to get early-stage funding, but at the same time, it’s never been harder to get to the next level after that.” …
I’m an amateur podcaster. I’ve made a few shows and learned a few things. Here is how you can make a pretty-legit-sounding amateur podcast for free.
Assuming you already have the following:
My brother got me the Blue Snowball iCE last year for Christmas, and it was the best gift I’ve ever received. It didn’t cost him much either. $50 on Amazon, plus it’s Prime. The audio is definitely good enough to take your game to the next level.
If you are really bootstrapping though, forget this step and just use your computer mic to record. …