Bijan Sabet

husband, dad, music lover, optimist, venture capitalist, Twitter investor


Real. Honest. Fear.


“I don’t know what I’m doing”

How many times has a founder told that to a board or to his management team?

Rarely, if ever.

How often does a founder feel that way?

Plenty.

(Related: How often does a VC tell his partners that statement? Rarely, if ever, unfortunately.)


So how high was Bob when those three little birds were singing to him?


My oldest daughter has been under the weather for the last month. Started with dizziness, then frequent/daily headaches and fatigue. Mild fever for the past two weeks.

She has had many lab tests followed by a chest xray. Two weeks ago she had a ct scan.


What time will you be home tonight?


I got up at 5:30am today and went for a five mile run.

I came back and saw my son James in the kitchen. He beamed and so did I. I got a big hug even though I was crazy sweaty. I’m sure I didn’t smell great either.

“What time will you be home tonight?” he asked.


It’s more complicated


Our social networks and platforms have given us enormous opportunity — to learn, play, discover, share and connect.

It’s amazing.

I know it’s changed my life. I continue to learn every day. And I’ve met people in real life that started online. I’m grateful for that.


Real. Honest. Fear.


“I don’t know what I’m doing”

How many times has a founder told that to a board or to his management team?

Rarely, if ever.

How often does a founder feel that way?

Plenty.

(Related: How often does a VC tell his partners that statement? Rarely, if ever, unfortunately.)


The emergence of “platform first”


When it comes to platforms, it has been well understood - the best platforms start out as applications.

A platform without a “killer” app, is like a tree falling in the forrest. No one knows and no one cares.

As a result platforms are born with “app first”


Poipu Beach, Kauai


Upside of rejection


This morning I was thinking about rejection.

On my way to the office I happened to pass by a former building owned by NYNEX.

Back in early 1991, just months before I would graduate from college, a number of my classmates were getting jobs at fancy big companies in Boston.


Warren Falls, Vermont