The Emergence of “Pre-Seed” Capital

Notation Capital, founded by former Betaworks folks, is a new pre-seed investment fund launched a couple of months ago.  Notation Capital is attempting to institutionalize the round of funding that’s usually done by “Friends and Family”. With just an idea and a co-founder, one could actually raise up to $500K in exchange for 5% to… Continue reading The Emergence of “Pre-Seed” Capital

Six Things Technology Has Made Insanely Cheap

I believe that technology and democratization goes hand-in-hand. If you examine the now-commoditized products listed in this article (PC, software, TV, trading commissions, camera, cell phone plan), you can also follow how such technologies became much more widespread and accessible to the masses as prices dropped.The subtitle of the article boldly proclaims, “behold the power… Continue reading Six Things Technology Has Made Insanely Cheap

Silicon Valley’s Youth “Problem”: A Rebuttal

By now Yiren Lu’s “Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem” has made it way around both my personal and professional circles. As a young person living and working in Silicon Valley, I felt a strong sense of resentment after reading the article. The author focused on specific and superficial examples to build a case against many of the talented founders and engineers I… Continue reading Silicon Valley’s Youth “Problem”: A Rebuttal

New Numbers Reveal Asian Wage Gap in Tech – NBC News

Researchers at the American Institute for Economic Research found that Asian tech workers on average made $8,146 less each year than white workers in 2012, $3,656 less than Black employees, and $6,907 less than those who identified as “other.” Women, as a group on average, earn $6,358 less than men each year. The article points… Continue reading New Numbers Reveal Asian Wage Gap in Tech – NBC News

Marriage Success Rate as a J Curve?

Khazan: What about people who say that there is a paralysis of choice—that online dating makes us non-committal because we can always go on a date with somebody else? Yagan: I think that means you end up in a better relationship. When you decide to stop going on OkCupid dates, it means you’re happy with… Continue reading Marriage Success Rate as a J Curve?

Free Ventures at Berkeley

I was recently invited to judge at Free Ventures, student-run incubator for UC Berkeley entrepreneurs. The program just completed its first semester of workshops and mentorship, with 5 student teams accepted out of a pool of ~40. This past Monday was their Demo day, which allowed each group to present to a panel of judges… Continue reading Free Ventures at Berkeley