This will be very brief, but I wanted to share this write-up I did on SweatWorking, a Chicago startup creating a fitness and wellness platform. It's a great example of consumer tech in the city, and it was a ton of fun speaking with Nikki Desai, their Head of Product. Give it a read, and … Continue reading SweatWorking – Profiling a Chicago Startup
To me, a sense of gratitude has always seemed like one of the strongest indicators that a person is someone I’d like to be around. I love the idea of a holiday that reminds us to be grateful, especially because it’s so commonly a time to reconnect with family and friends that remind us of … Continue reading Gratitude
Imagine for a second that it’s 2016 and you’re the owner of an NBA team. Imagine still that you’re in an alternate reality and Steph Curry is not only considering leaving Golden State after his record-breaking year, he wants to join your team. You negotiate a contract and though you had to trade your firstborn … Continue reading The Underestimated Volatility of eSports
This past week I attended Devol’s Dance - a technology conference hosted by Drive Capital out of Columbus, OH. If you’re a Midwest VC cheerleader (guilty as charged), Drive Capital should be on your radar – they’re a great demonstration of what can happen when Silicon Valley thinking is applied outside of its birthplace. Chris … Continue reading Devol’s Dance: A Day in Columbus
It seems reasonable to start with a post about why I’m doing this in the first place: how I became interested in startups, and why I want to continue exploring that interest. Here’s the short version. A Bit of Background I started my career at Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations division. It seemed … Continue reading Why VC?
And today I’m turning 28. That’s not entirely relevant to the content of this blog, but birthdays are a natural check-in point and it seems an appropriate time to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – create a space to capture and share my perspective on startups, technology, and the trends … Continue reading Hi, It’s Blake