Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

I'm spoiled. About a mile from my house is a wonderful Japanese restaurant called Tokyo Sushi Loha. We call it "Rock and Roll Sushi" because of the loud music pumped in to entertain hordes of college students living in the immediate vicinity. You'd think catering to that clientele it might be a little lower down … Continue reading Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

I’d walk a mile to have a Blue Bottle coffee (or more)

I'm in San Francisco for the PCBC 2014, a conference that focuses on the "Art, Science + Business of Housing." A casual search revealed that there was a Blue Bottle Coffee nearby. Good coffee is hard to come by, sometimes. Right now, I'm sitting at the Mint Plaza location of Blue Bottle Coffee finishing off … Continue reading I’d walk a mile to have a Blue Bottle coffee (or more)

The Ultimate Pivot

I am a big proponent of the Lean Startup approach to building a business. The concept of the pivot as a way of rapidly responding to changing business dynamics is an integral part of the approach. This is a story about a pivot that I just made in my business. As I've written about before, … Continue reading The Ultimate Pivot

How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity

Writing at Harvard Business Review, Google's SVP of People Operations discusses how Google is hacking the serious issue of work-life balance. Google has always been known to rely heavily on analysis for making decisions (sometimes to a fault). The reason that Google offers the amazing perks to employees—from amazing free food to free onsite physicians, … Continue reading How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity

Coffee is the next big thing for Venture Capital? Count me in!

That's the kind of Return On Investment I'm talking about! Slate's Will Oremus: The question investors are asking now is: Can coffee’s “third wave” produce a Starbucks of its own? A group of big-name Bay Area techies—including Kevin Systrom of Instagram, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, and venture capital firms like Google … Continue reading Coffee is the next big thing for Venture Capital? Count me in!