Note: For what ever reason, a few people have misconstrued that somehow this means I'm less involved in Picturelife. As I point out below, a primary reason I am doing this is because I live Picturelife 24/7. I don't think I'd be a good investor if I wasn't a fulltime entrepreneur -- and so I always will be. Since 2006, I’ve invested much of my life into startups. Much of that journey has been documented here, on this blog.
A lot has been said since Tuesday night about how "Math" won the election. Whether you're talking about The Church of Nate Silver or The Church of Jim Messina, a lot of people seemingly have found what they feel is the future of our Party. I'm all for this movement to science in campaigns. After all, it was Obama's competency as a campaign organizer in 2008 that convinced many of us he'd be a great president.
[caption id=“” align=“alignnone” width=“612.0”]Learning what an Array is, two years ago.[/caption] I was reminded a few weeks ago that I was upon my second anniversary of learning to code. Yesterday, TechCrunch discovered that Picturelife has raised a $4 million Series A. With these milestones, and along with the honor of speaking at The Flatiron School a few weeks ago, I've been thinking a lot about this journey of learning to code and founding a new company.
Wednesday night I attended VentureBeat's NYC launch party, which coincided with them honoring a few folks they felt have been influential in making NY tech what it's become. As I was one of the folks on their list, they asked me to come and say a few word about NY Tech Meetup and the NY tech community. The venue was full and I knew people wanted to get back to the open bar, so I make my remarks as fast as possible.
I just supported a cool, innovative media project. They've promised to deliver me independent, smart, and investigative news and entertainment on a daily basis, and they've promised to deliver that content on the web, on my phone and even over the air. No, I'm not talking about the latest Kickstarter phenomenon, I'm talking about WNYC -- New York City's public radio station. As technologists, we readily embrace the future, but sometimes can't believe that our finest innovators may be an organization from the past.
Like many progressives, I spent the majority of the last four years feeling disappointed by Obama's presidency. How pathetically amnesic of us. In early September, I finally snapped out of it, due to one line from Obama's nomination acceptance speech which, I am quite sure, was designed, delivered and retired for people just like me. I've embedded the video here, and linked to it here. You see, Obama's right. Four years ago, I was working for David S Rose.
As many of you know, I've been an Advisor to Flybridge Capital Partners for nearly three years. I've been a big fan of Flybridge for many reasons, but I've especially appreciated their commitment to NYC and their early vision to invest here. Their major investments in iconic NY startups like 10Gen (MongoDB), and rising stars like 33Across and tracx, mean a lot to this community and help it continue to blossom as the major tech hub in the world.
There are about 3 of you who still subscribe to my blog. Thank you. I think I stopped writing frequently enough to hold an audience when I started with AnyClip. Mostly it's because I get so pissed reading folks talking about "how to do startups" when they haven't proven anything themselves that I couldn't get into it. Since then, I've been quiet for that and reasons; now, most recently because I spend my creative time writing code instead of writing essays.
(want to skip this post and just vote? go here) At this Spring's SXSW, at 9am on the Sunday morning -- yes, the morning of Daylight Savings, so let's say 8am, and since it was the morning after GaryVee's wine party, let's say 7am -- my friend Vin Vacanti and I held a session called "Learn to Code and Make the Software You Want." Now, given that this was effectively 7am, I would have been surprised to see any conference room at SXSW packed with an overflow line out the door.
I've met over 200 people hosting Ohours over the past 3 years and one of the most common 'types' of people I meet are business savvy people in one industry (not the tech industry) who want to break into the tech industry and don't know where to start. Often, these folks are in business school or working at a financial job, but they really come from all over: some are sales folks at a IT firm, some are HR people at colleges, and some are teachers or lawyers.