A New Years Greeting in Late Feburary

It’s been a while since many of you have heard from me.  Hello again.

I’m sorry for having a sh*tty back half of 2013.  I missed weddings of dear friends.  I didn’t call people on birthdays.  I fell a bit shorter of some of my earlier commitments.  I’m sorry and I will make it up to all of you.

I’ve been flying not necessarily under the radar, but in and out of coverage.  Sometimes I do this intentionally, to focus and work.  Sometimes, it’s from shame — from problems, from crap decisions I made.  Other times, it’s because I want to enjoy time in my home state of Colorado with people and pets I love exploring the outdoors.  When my business hit a rocky time in September of 2013. I did too.  This is not an excuse or an explanation, more just self recognition that some decisions affected other parts of my life, for way longer than they should have.  I am grateful for all the hard work of our team.  It was a heck of a ride.

2014 is going to be a big year for alot of people.   It’s a big year for both of my brothers Eric and Marc.  A big year for my sister, Rachel – for my girlfriend Margaret.  It’s already been a HUGE year for WhatsApp and my old friend Om Malik (like another planet big year for both).  And well, I’m hoping it’s going to be a big year for me too.

In the next few weeks I, along with the help of Jeffrey Belk and Andy Abramson will be launching Velocity Kick and some other “secret, special stuff.”  We’ll be helping businesses, students, regions across the nation take advantage of the surge of interest around sites like Kickstarter, IndieGogo and my good friend Niel Robertson’s Ramen.  Our first crowdfunding project, Velocity Kick is live.

Have a look.

Already, I feel excited for the opportunities 2014 will bring, the people I’ll get to work alongside and I wish you all the best year yet.







65 million years, a few decades…CNN doesn’t seem to know the difference

If you hadn’t heard, some Australian scientists think they have a new method for “species reintroduction” or bringing a species back from extinction. This story in the New York Times explains how a 25-year old frog is the first target of the method.

CNN covered the story in astonishingly innacurate fashion showing a Tyrannosaurus, which is only off by roughly 65 million years or so. Ooops.

Rand Paul Filibuster: Visualized

Senator Rand Paul‘s speaking filibuster did not beat Strom Thurmond’s filibuster (in terms of length) according to the Washington Examiner.  Nevertheless, it went on for nearly 13 hours.  I’m fascinated when anyone can speak for ~13 hours in a row (to be fair Sen. Paul had a little help).  What do they talk about?  Does anyone really have that much to say?

To find out, I have compiled transcripts from the filibuster from the Senator’s Web Site and turned them into tag clouds using http://www.wordle.net/.

First see the combined first seven hours (the 8-13 hour are not yet available) and see each hour broken down.


Hour One



Hour Two




Hour Three
Hour Four
Hour Five
Hour Six
Hour Seven