Picking.You can pick your fruit at Vons, you can pick your nose (in private) and you can pick which company to invest in. Making a choice is hard. Sometimes, you miss it and leave the ripest avocados in the bin.A couple of weeks ago, Howard Morgan — one of the most famous venture capitalists came to town for a fireside chat. Morgan is the founder of First Round Capital. He is 73 and he has done it all (easy to find his background on the web). The topics were wide ranging, but he spent some serious time on two — hiring people and picking investments. First Round sees 5,000 submissions over the course of a year and by the end of the year they invest in 40. The dilemma Morgan describes is this, “If I could start the year with all 5,000 at the top of the funnel and then, with all of them still available, picking the best ideas and the best teams would be much easier.” But, my dear readers, it doesn’t work that way. You only get to see what you get to see when … [Read more...] about How to pick a winner in life and venture cap?
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Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd as she presents her anticipated memoir “Becoming” during her book tour stop in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, gestures at her aching feet in high heels as she is accompanied by former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, right, speaking to the audience as she presents her anticipated memoir “Becoming” during her book tour stop in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 17: Former First Lady Michelle Obama discusses her new book “Becoming” at Capital One Arena on November 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images) Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, accompanied by former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, right, speaks to the crowd as she presents her anticipated memoir “Becoming” during her … [Read more...] about At ‘Becoming’ book tour, you can snag merch and get to know the real Michelle Obama
Confused on where we are? I’m taking this moment while my travels are grounded to catch up on my black hole of un-blogged content. Here, I’m picking up on my trip to Bali in March 2017. My apologies for any confusion with the timeline, and thanks for sticking with me. Though it would have been almost impossible to admit at the time, I can now look back and confess simply that I kicked off 2017 in a bit of a slump. I had gotten bogged down in the sadness of the election, of worrying about my family and internalizing their problems, of taking friend drama deeply personally, and of feeling like, well, I was stuck on an island that maybe, after eight years, I had started to grow out of. So when February rolled around, I was ready for a reboot. I attended an incredible, Burning Man-esque festival in Thailand with a big group of friends, I spent a few days falling for Penang with my boyfriend, and then I set off for Bali, just me, just what I needed. I’d had a rush of … [Read more...] about How Bali Blissed Me Out and Brought Me Back to Life • Alex in Wanderland
The French government and its President Emmanuel Macron is adamant that the spending power (pouvoir d'achat) of ordinary folk will increase under its administration. "This month, the French will be able to see from the beginning that our policies pay," Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. Darmanin points to the cut in the annual council tax bills (taxe d'habitaton) that many in France have seen in October as well as the second cut in social security contributions that should see a rise, albeit a slight one, in the take-home amount on people's payslips this month. But the Journal du Dimanche newspaper has come up with some data that suggests the spending power of French people has been hit hard over recent months mainly due to the rising costs of certain products and services. For example, the steep hike in the price of vehicle fuel has angered many in France and led to calls for drivers to block roads in protest on November 17th. READ ALSO: As … [Read more...] about How living in France is getting a lot more expensive
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Updated 7:08 am PDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 Debra Jones61, consultingWhere do you live now?SacramentoHow long did you live in the Bay Area?36 yearsHow long has it been since you left?26 yearsWhat made you leave the Bay Area?I initially left for a career opportunity, but I also had two young kids and couldn't afford to buy a house in the city.Are you better off now than when you were living in the Bay Area?Yes! I have 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a pool and a huge lot! I could NEVER afford that in the Bay Area! Plus, my children got excellent educations.Do you have plans of ever moving back to the Bay Area?I do not have "plans," I have dreams. San Francisco is my home. It's where I was born and raised. I am a graduate of SFUSD, SF State and UC Berkeley. I bleed blue and gold. I rep the Warriors, Raiders, even though my heart belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I ache for another 49er championship. I miss Muni, BART, flaming hot days in … [Read more...] about Report: Where the rich and the poor move when they leave the Bay Area