Those Crazy Americans

Recently, Ukraine and Crimea reminded me that I am still a Russian.  Wisely, I think, staying away from political opinions I’m not qualified to give, I thought I’d write about some memories resurfaced while watching Cold War news broadcasting this week.  Perhaps there’s some wisdom there. I…

Pecunia olet... a bit

Trouble in paradise?  Unless you’ve sat in cave for six months, Bitcoin’s all the rage.  Anonymous currency, cleverly designed, but not yet perfect, attracted a throng of fanboys and almost $100M in venture capital investment.  The idea that I can buy stuff in an untraceable, safe, and 100%…

Is your VC from THIS century?

The 21st Century, in its teens, is not even a new.  The Y2K hoopla is far behind us (what a letdown), and we’ve gotten comfortable with iPhones and 4G LTE networks  which didn’t exist just a few years ago. The ascent of SaaS and AWS, the descent of…

Be a deckless wonder

In 2013, my life devolved; seriously devolved.  Too often, I sat in listless, darkened rooms, watching slides go by,  slides explaining why I should part with money and why that money should find a way into some startup’s coffers.  At times, I fought off sleep with afternoon coffee.  At…

Traction, shmacktion

I first heard the term “traction” in 2010 when I returned to New York City and stepped into the city’s VC world.  For me, it was a new concept.  Perhaps because English is my second language, I naively defined  the word along the lines of OED’s first entry:…