One VC’s Confession on Thanksgiving


To our founders,

I try to be an open person, especially with all of you, but you might not know this about me. When we started Bloomberg Beta, I had strong feelings about becoming a VC — vaguely gross feelings. There were a (vanishingly) small number of VCs I adored. The rest I thought were, as my daughter would say, blergh.

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Four Pieces of Advice For My 20-Year Old Self


Man, was I ever really that young? Photo snapped from an old UC Berkeley directory circa 1986.

About halfway through the first season of Shift Dialogs, we started asking our guests the same question: “What advice would you give your 20-year old self?”

Below are answers from a diverse group of folks: Nathan Blecharczyk of Airbnb, Debby Hopkins of Citi, Evan Williams of Medium, Marc Pritchard of P&G, and Bruce Aust of Nasdaq.

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A Gap Year Around the World Taught Me to Appreciate Clichés


Elephants roaming in Damaraland, Namibia. Ben Huh

I am writing to remember what I learned in the last 12 months of our life traveling to 37 countries. I originally wrote this letter of stream of thoughts to myself, but I’ll take the risk of publishing it. I hope it’s as helpful to you as it is to me.


The word gratitude seems too small to describe how fortunate and thankful we are for our gap year.


I’ve come to understand clichés.

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