Category Archives: FastIgnite

The value of startup anti-patterns

The TechStars Boston spring startups are looking very promising. At the mentors dinner tonight I had conversations with several of the companies and a common question came up: “What makes startups succeed?” My usual answer to this question is along … Continue reading

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The Zen of fundraising

When investing in companies through FastIgnite, I usually sell my super-secret value-add as opposed to just cash. See, cash is not that hard to get if you know how to ask for it and there aren’t any obvious reasons for … Continue reading

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FastStartup

Through FastIgnite I work closely with entrepreneurs as a co-founder, investor and mentor. Today, FastIgnite gets a partner – FastStartup. While FastIgnite is primarily about my work, FastStartup will be more community-oriented. FastStartup will do some events, like the sold out Customer … Continue reading

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Finding the best startup customers

Phil Libin (@plibin, CEO of Evernote), Alexei Erchak (CEO of Luminous Devices) and I did a session with the Boston chapter of the Founder Institute last night. Towards the end of the program we listened to several startup pitches. Every … Continue reading

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Better Advertising backs self-regulation

Better Advertising has a new web site. Check it out. Also, our corporate blog is up. The current post outlines the three pillars of behavioral targeting self-regulation: Education, to empower consumers Transparency, to make clear who is doing what to … Continue reading

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Better Advertising Launches

Exciting day today. Better Advertising just came out of stealth. I’m acting CTO & co-founder, much in the way we started Plinky/Thing Labs last year. In fact, I got to know Better Advertising CEO Scott Meyer though the Plinky diligence … Continue reading

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Joining the MIT E-Center

I’m excited to join the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the MIT E-Center. It’s a new structure for fostering innovation and venture creation pushed forth by Bill Aulet who runs the center now. I’m fortunate to be doing this with great … Continue reading

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Do you backup?

FastIgnite is working with a stealthy startup that’s changing the rules of the game in the backup space. You can help by answering the following short survey.

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FastIgnite is born

Spring time. Time for changes. I’ve moved on from Polaris and I have a new company called FastIgnite. Read about it here, subscribe to my feed and follow me on Twitter to stay informed and, while you are at it, … Continue reading

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