I have long been a proponent of remote work. For the past 4 years, I’ve had two bosses that were forward-thinking enough to let me spend significant amounts of time working abroad, and I’ve successfully filled both investing and operational roles from thousands of miles away.

While many were skeptical that it was possible to be efficient so far from home, the COVID crisis has challenged several of the anachronistic assumptions surrounding remote work. The maturation of video conferencing, cloud storage and project management platforms, as well as the advent of communication tools such as Slack and Discord, has caused…

Spend any time researching blockchains, and you’ll be inundated with a host of benefits with the potential to impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Numerous articles highlight the technology’s ability to replace existing financial systems, revolutionize the delivery of content, tokenize physical assets, establish the provenance of digital assets, etc… All told, you’d think that this phenomenon has the potential to create billions (if not trillions) of economic value.

That’s where you’d be wrong.

While the applications being discussed today are compelling, I’d argue that they’ll amount to little more than a rounding error by the end of the…

A Review of General Stanley McChrystal and Chris Fussell’s Management Philosophies

Recently finished reading Leaders: Myth and Reality by General Stanley McChrystal, and it serves as an excellent companion piece to his previous book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, and also to One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams, written by Chris Fussell, McChrystal’s Chief of Staff.

Together, these works answer perhaps the most pressing question facing startups today — how do you manage effectively in a complex, unpredictable and rapidly changing world?

The principles presented by McChrystal and Fussell gel with lessons I’ve learned at West Point, as a corporate strategist working…

When Johannes Gutenberg cast the final piece of the world’s first lead-based typecast, he unleashed a cascade of events that would utterly transform the humanities. The invention of the mechanical printing press democratized information and served as a catalyst for the flourishing of culture throughout the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment.

Similarly, many predicted that the internet would spur an analogous coup. Unfortunately, one has yet to emerge, and there are many reasons to believe that the web is actually hurting the arts.

The Digital Revolution Has Created Numerous Challenges for the Creative Economy…

There’s no denying that the proliferation of…

Source: Harper Collins

Reid Hoffman’s “Blitzscaling” presents a set of processes and frameworks for startups that have successfully achieved traction and are now looking to scale.

I found the book to be a helpful resource as a VC looking to a) invest in Series B+ rounds, b) support the growth of our portfolio companies, c) participate in follow-on rounds and d) understand the potential long-term trajectory of Series A and Seed investments.

Given my previous background at West Point, in the strategy groups of large companies such as Disney and Fox and my experience as the COO of a digital publisher, it’s also…

The Seven Shared Fundamentals of History’s Most Valuable Companies

For much of the 20th century, the American economy was dominated by manufacturing and heavy industry. The dawn of the “Gilded Age” in the 1870s saw the rise of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and Carnegie’s US Steel, and the Post-War era fed the ascendency of IBM, AT&T and General Motors.

This began to change in the late nineties and early aughts. The advent of the information age induced a massive transfer of value from analog to digital, with technology companies eventually becoming the five most valuable properties on Wall Street.

The Most…

Why Venture Capital Has Little to do with Market Cycles
[Originally Published on April 14, 2016 on LinkedIn]

Unicorn Extinction: Much Ado About Nothing?

If you believe the headlines, private investors are in for a rough year. Spurred on by a weak stock market, lackluster IPO performance and technology companies selling for less than paid-in-capital, media outlets are proclaiming a massive extinction of the so-called “unicorns”.

Although markets are known to have a mercurial temperament, I’m constantly amazed by the emotional volatility created by the 24-hour news cycle.

Frankly, a decline in unicorn valuations isn’t all that surprising or concerning.

[Originally Posted on May 16, 2016 on LinkedIn]

When top 3 player Sidecar closed earlier this year and sold its assets to GM, many pronounced the ride-sharing wars over and the prevailing wisdom seemed to suggest that Uber was destined to become a monopoly.

But recent multi-billion dollar investments in Lyft and Didi Chuxing have challenged that perception and caused many to wonder whether this market has room for more than one player…

The Silicon Valley Argument

An article written earlier this year in the New Yorker argues that industries driven by technology can’t support multiple players, and that competition…

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Dollar Shave Club’s recent $1 billion acquisition by Unilever came as a surprise to many, as consumer products companies have long been shunned by the venture community due to high capital requirements, low multiples and margin pressure from online retailers.

While many startups following Dollar Shave Club’s lead are doomed to fail, we believe we have identified a handful that may have the impetus to flourish…

Read the full article on Business Insider.

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The New Yorker once called Stanford “a giant tech incubator with a football team”. Although the publication clearly intended this as an insult, it’s also an ode to the dominance that Harvard and Stanford have held over Silicon Valley in the last few decades. Alumni of these institutions have founded an impressive list of companies including Facebook, Instagram, PayPal, Google, Netflix, LinkedIn and Snapchat.

But does that mean that Harvard and Stanford are the best training ground for entrepreneurs?

Maybe not, because there’s a secret source overseas that’s producing some of the best tech talent in the world…

Read the full article on Business Insider.

Tory Green

Background in finance, strategy and ops; VC partner, tech COO/CFO and#cryptoenthusiast. Ex - Stanford, West Point, Disney, Merrill Lynch, Oaktree

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