Deeper than the media

Naomi Osaka turned heads last week after announcing she would not be speaking to the media during the French Open as a way to focus on her mental health.…

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This Picture is Worth +/-1,000 ETH

The innovation of the internet was to make information cheap, accessible and capable of being infinitely duplicated. This construct opened the world to abundant and inexpensive information. Humanity forever changed…

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Yes, And

When asked what’s required to be a great investor, I often suggest a willingness to learn improv. That’s not to suggest that you have to be funny or…

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Go Fight Win!

Factor CEO Mike Apostal signs off his weekly team emails with the phrase: Go Fight Win. It sets the tone and drives a results-oriented culture that he and founder…

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Listen expands investment team with the addition of Kimmie Carey and Shawn Dennis

Chicago – 11/18/20: Listen, a consumer-focused venture capital firm investing in early-stage brands, has welcomed Kimmie Carey (Principal) and Shawn Dennis (Venture Partner) to the team. This powerhouse duo will…

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Voice of the consumer

Startup: “We’re maniacally focused on the consumer.” VC: “Great, how many consumers did you talk to before launching your brand?” Startup: “Oh, we don’t do research. I mean…

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Theraplay

Coming out of our 2018 thematic jammer, we made “therapy” a focus area for new investments. The belief was (and still is) that the concept of exercising your mind was…

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Making safety cool

Maybe it’s the renegade mindset or the invincible nature of humans, but for some reason safety has rarely been culturally cool. Especially when you’re asking people to alter their appearance.…

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Investing in my mind

My first therapy session was when I was six years old. My recently married Indian-immigrant parents knew that most blended families end in divorce and vowed to make it work.…

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