It became a rite of passage of sorts soon after a company I incubated and put on the map from zero to a triple million digit exit, under perhaps the most difficult of circumstances.
As a newly minted (part-time) venture partner, I witnessed the kitchen inside Sand Hill Road, and I didn’t like what the chefs cooked up.
For the subpriming on innovation arbitrage, by collusion, deal fragmentation, and risk aversion is fundamentally incompatible with finding outliers. And I detest exploiting human ingenuity to convert into advertising clicks.
I will go back into venture eventually, yet different after I tick-off a more important societal contribution. I love the business of innovation that changes our world for the better. I have been asked. Ask me one too many times.