With the fall equinox only 27 days away (but who’s counting?), making the most of the handful of weekends we have left in summer 2014 should be a priority. And, if you’re like me, a great summer weekend involves good company, a little adventure, and something to tickle your taste buds.   Enter CorkSharing. The world’s first marketplace to book and schedule private wine tasting sessions from personal collectors and wineries offers you exactly that: A place for wine lovers to come together, socialize, and admire some of the finest reds and whites on the market. Read More
  This past weekend delivered a milestone for GetMyBoat. The San Francisco company, whose peer-to-peer watercraft rental platform has been generating much buzz in the boating community, caught the eye of the New York Times. In addition to a mention in a New York Times blog post on Saturday, GetMyBoat was featured in the Travel section of the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Read More
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of Coca-Cola’s latest marketing campaign, Share a Coke. What’s brilliant about the name-on-a-can campaign is that it’s gotten social media users form around the world to market the soft drink themselves. What hasn’t been brilliant about this Share a Coke campaign has been its sales.

When everybody knows your name, a few million likes and shares simply won’t cut it. Read More
  Much is written about the trials and tribulations of venture capitalists as they go about evaluating and working with startups. Take for instance Tomasz Tunguz’s 2013 article The 11 Risks VCs Evaluate. Tunguz, a Venture Capitalist at Redpoint Ventures, lists 11 major risks that VCs need to consider before offering a term sheet to a startup.   Of course, Tunguz is correct in saying that careful due diligence needs to be conducted in order to mitigate a VC’s risk. But what about the entrepreneur? VCs have a voice – a very loud and powerful voice that can force entrepreneurs to bend over backwards. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, are more often than not expected to beg for VC funding and be grateful for whatever terms they’re offered. Read More
A recent post to the Harvard Business Review blog contends that venture capital funding can be bad for startups. In his August 4th entry, John Mullins, associate professor at London Business School, argues that the decades old refrain that has been pounded into the heads of entrepreneurs everywhere – a mantra that praises the importance of securing VC investments – is one that entrepreneurs should quit reciting. Most successful entrepreneurs never take any venture capital. And, often times, the ones that do opt to sign on the dotted line, accept VC funding far too early in their startup’s lifecycle, which, in the end, does more harm than good. Read More