This afternoon, I left the office early to attend the memorial service for my old professor, Ron Rebholz. When I was at Stanford in the early 1990s, Ron was already a legendary teacher, with his Shakespeare course considered one of the top “bucket list” courses at Stanford (along with other legendary classes like ME101 and … Continue reading Lives Well Lived
I’ve often compared Silicon Valley to “Logan’s Run“–once your Lifeclock hits 30, the system encourages you to “renew”. In the movie, this meant death…in Silicon Valley, it means becoming an angel investor or VC (no comment). After all, this is a place where an investor can say with a straight face, “We love older entrepreneurs! … Continue reading The Age of the Aging Entrepreneur
I’ve written before about ageism in Silicon Valley: It’s a well-known fact that VCs prefer to fund young founders. In its summary of a recent Churchill Club talk by Vinod Khosla, Business Insider writes: “[Khosla] explained that the older a person gets, the longer it takes to adjust to change. People over 45, he says, … Continue reading Take Heart, Over-30 Entrepreneurs
My older sister sent this to me via old-school viral marketing: The email forward. Since I couldn’t find a well-formatted version on the Web, I’m sharing it with you on my blog: * * * When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things … Continue reading The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd
Today my friend Ramit showed me an email and asked, “What does this person mean when she writes, ‘Book him, Dano.’” I said, “It’s from Hawaii Five-O.” “What’s Hawaii Five-O?” he asked. At that point, the other two people within earshot who were above the age of 30 burst out laughing and felt incredibly old. … Continue reading Book him, Dano!