Former Director of Investments in San Francisco for Matter Ventures.
Open Matter Phase I: Complete
At CUNY: the first of four class photos.To say this year started with a bang for Matter is an understatement. Just two days into the New Year, I learned that: 1. We were moving ahead with our local news innovation bootcamps with the support of Google News Initiative [https:
Meet the teams of Open Matter Berkeley and Open Matter Georgia!
Participants in last month’s Open Matter MizzouAfter a brief interlude for a little thing called Matter Demo Days, we’re back next week with the final two installments of the first Open Matter bootcamp program [https://www.matter.vc/a-lot-more-experiments-open-matter]. They’re happening on opposite coasts on the same
Meet the teams of Open Matter Mizzou!
Open Matter [https://www.matter.vc/a-lot-more-experiments-open-matter] rolls on! Our series of four design thinking and business model innovation bootcamps kicks off in earnest [https://www.matter.vc/announcing-the-open-matter-nyc-teams] at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Monday, and we’re buzzing in anticipation to connect with and coach the
Announcing the Open Matter NYC Teams
Less than two months ago, we had the tremendous privilege to announce Open Matter, a series of four design thinking and business model innovation bootcamps at leading journalism schools [https://www.matter.vc/a-lot-more-experiments-open-matter] offered to for-profit news organizations. In partnership with Google News Lab [https://www.blog.google/topics/
What Open Matter will equip you to do.
Top highlight This spring, we’re launching Open Matter: Local News Bootcamps, in partnership with Google News Lab, News Media Alliance, and 4 Top J. schools. You can read more about the program and opportunities for local, for-profit news organizations here [https://www.matter.vc/a-lot-more-experiments-open-matter]. The live application is
The Prodigal’s Return
Lecturing to our entrepreneurs in Matter SevenTwelve years ago, I left full-time journalism because I realized couldn’t do anything about the challenges I saw all around me. The Internet was eating everything. I could write, edit, and design a newspaper, but I couldn’t make a newspaper have healthier
Sharing Our Demo Day
Demo Day is the culmination of every Matter program. Matter Seven was no different. On two coasts, all 12 of the teams making up our current cohort pitched their hearts out, told their stories, and shared a collective vision of a more informed, inclusive, and empathetic society. Fortunately, for anyone
Matter 2017: The Year of the Rebelpreneur, Realized.
From the very start, Matter has been guided by a mission bigger than any one of us as individuals: Change Media for Good, supporting early stage media entrepreneurs and established media institutions who are helping to create a more informed, empathetic, and inclusive society. This year, we learned what it
Rules for Rebelpreneurs
Top highlight Journalists are under threat in our country — people don’t trust the news, fake publications and “alternative facts” make it an increasingly burdensome task to identify the truth, and multiple figures in the White House, including the president, have declared the media to be the “Enemy of the
In search of human entrepreneurs
Top highlight The myth of the Great Jerk rules over Silicon Valley. Since Steve Jobs ran roughshod over friends, colleagues, and enemies alike, and he was an incredible success, many in the tech world feel it is acceptable and even expected for startup founders to behave in similarly tyrannical fashion.
What Matters Next: Creativity is Just Connecting Things
It’s cliche to look to Steve Jobs for inspiration in the tech and investing worlds. This inspiration typically shows up in turtleneck-rich wardrobes, unconfirmed fealty to design, and, way too often, being cruel to subordinates. This has made my own predilection to draw lessons from Jobs increasingly difficult to
The Real Value of Acceleration
Top highlight The signals are everywhere — press, macroeconomic indicators, and investment activity itself — that a new crunch is coming: raising a Series A round is already difficult [http://firstround.com/review/what-the-seed-funding-boom-means-for-raising-a-series-a/] and is about to be even more difficult for the vast majority of early-stage startups. Even those with
“No one is more important than the team, no coach is more important than the team. The team, the team, the team!” — Bo Schembechler, slightly paraphrased. In many ways, joining Matter will be a convergence of all my past experiences and interests. As an English and Journalism double major at