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This message is for CEO’s and management teams of organizations, large and small, as well as investors and their portfolio companies.

Many of us and our teams are feeling stress around the Election. And as wise person once told me, “stress is thought without action.”

Here’s a simple action you can take. It’s one we implemented at OpenSpace.

If you like this idea, you can literally just link to this post — or cut n’ paste the below — and send it to your all-company email/slack/whatever (or your portfolio’s CEO list as a suggested action for them). Simple!

As…


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I am proud to announce that OpenSpace has partnered with some of the world’s best and biggest real estate and construction companies, as we close our Series A. Proud, to be sure, but also grateful. First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who decided to take a risk and join the team at OpenSpace. You are the company, quite literally. There is nothing without you. You are why we are here, and why I can write this post.

Thank you to the team at Lux Capital, especially Bilal Zuberi, for welcoming me as Lux’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and for giving…


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I am happy to announce that OpenSpace.ai has come out of stealth!

So…what do we do? It starts here:

Affordable housing crises, outdated infrastructure, aging power grids: these are massive, pressing problems facing our country, and the world. But we’re not facing them down as fast as we should — in part because we haven’t provided the men and women in construction with the same powerful tools to manage their work that office workers take for granted.

It’s time to change that.

At OpenSpace, we’re using cutting-edge technology — think the perception and navigation AI systems you see in self-driving…


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I’ll keep this short and sweet. Philip DeCamp, Michael Fleischman and I are starting a new company. It’s called OpenSpace. We’re doing some neat things with machine vision in the real world. And yes, we’re hiring.

We’re not launched yet, and are generally keeping a low profile. Semi-stealth, you could call it.

I love the technology trends we are betting on. I love the users we intend to serve. And the market looks awesome: early glimmers of being huge, without feeling saturated today. But more than anything, I am excited to work with two highly accomplished friends.

As of last…


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Among other things, Lux has an awesome word mark

I am highly stoked to announce that I will be joining Lux Capital as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). As you all might know, Lux just raised a new $400M fund and Renata Quintini just joined (Renata is awesome, by the way). So I get to ride some pretty sweet coattails. Here’s the Lux announcement on the EIR too.

Q: That’s cool but what is an entrepreneur in residence? Sounds like a made-up job.

You’re right. It is sort of a made-up job. But the non-made-up part is this: Lux lets me spend some time incubating a new idea for a future…


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Much has been written about Amazon’s “working backwards” approach to product management — the basic gist is that the Product Manager (PM) should at the very outset describe the user’s experience of the product from the user’s point of view. It seems obvious to do this, but many PRD’s read more as guide for the engineers to build the product and justifications of why the product will make money.

Amazon’s specific suggestion is that the PM write a “fake” press release for the product: imagine the day the product launches. What will the press release say? Write that on day…


Thanks to Colin Guinn (Hangar), Tian Yu (Yuneec), David Merrill (Lemnos Labs), Lorenz Meier (ETH/PX4) and others for hanging out with me at CES and sparking the thoughts that led to this short post.

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DJI Mavic, all folded up!

I made my annual pilgrimage to CES last week. And for the first time in a long time, I went as a civilian observer with no ties to any specific company — which proved to be awesome. With no back-to-back-to-back meeting schedule, I was able to take the show in at an appropriate distance.

Two observations.

I. There are fewer drone companies this year than last…


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A short post with some pontifications and not a lot of research. You were warned.

Our lives change each time the number of computers per person grows by 10x. In the old days, there were far fewer than 1 computer per person — think the mainframe era. For a while, the ratio was <<<1:1 computer to person. Access to compute was scarce, and mediated by institutions such as universities, governments and large companies.

The PC brought the ratio closer to 1:1 in the 70’s and 80’s, dis-intermediating data, compute and communication. From the 90’s til now, the ratio has grown…


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Loss aversion is dangerous, especially if you are in management. But I don’t mean loss aversion in terms of unwisely fearing downsides for your company: I mean fearing downsides for yourself.

Imagine if you didn’t need the salary you get paid for the position. If the job went away — if you were fired — you’d be fine. You’re not filthy rich, necessarily. You’ve just got more than enough money to go for, say, a year or two without thinking about earning another cent.

Now picture facing a decision that you damn well know means a conflict with your boss…


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Physics without math isn’t physics. A company vision without metrics isn’t actually a company vision.

What follows might seem absurdly obvious to many readers. But it wasn’t obvious to me earlier in my career, and I suspect it isn’t obvious to all technical entrepreneurs. So, here goes.

When I first started Sifteo, my first (and only, so far) startup, I was told that I needed to make a financial model (by Alex Gurevich, a friend and advisor who now is a venture investor at Javelin). Being a technical/idea person by training, I resisted this. Not because I thought the “money…

Jeevan Kalanithi

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