Working Out in the Morning is Bad for Business

By now, if you have followed me at all on Instagram, you know that fitness is a huge part of my life. I advocate working out every day, or as close to that as possible, no matter how busy you are. The benefits are mostly obvious, so I won’t go […]

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Venture Capital Isn’t Right for Every Startup

In Silicon Valley (SV), there is one dominant formula for starting a successful business. Someone has an idea, develops an MVP, raises angel funding, launches the product, raises venture capital, grows to some degree, then gets acquired and, in rare cases, goes public. Anything short of acquisition is considered a […]

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Should You Pivot or Stay the Course

I was sitting on the plane yesterday when an entrepreneur asked me, “Should I pivot or keep going.”  It was one of those questions that gave me pause. My first thought was, “This question is impossible to answer without more information.” It’s kind of like asking me, “Should I add […]

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ATO Ventures was Named Long Before it Existed

By now, you know that ATO stands for “Against the Odds,” but do you know where the name came from? It’s an interesting story that goes to the core of my beliefs about entrepreneurs, and I am happy to share it with you. Several years ago, in late 2015, I […]

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Whatever comes to mind… almost!

I haven’t written a blog post in ages. (No,really, it’s been over decade.) Mostly because… well… um… does anyone read blogs anymore? And, even if people do still read blogs, do I really want to repeat the past, where I spent countless hours writing legit articles full of documented research […]

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Why Live Streaming? Why Now?

I’m using live streaming as a way to connect more startups and aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world with investors and experienced entrepreneurs. About two months ago, while at SXSW, I thought of an idea to do a live “show,” similar to Shark Tank, but far more collaborative. It would […]

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