As a species, we are still quite primitive. Groups of people still try to find ways to feel superior over their neighbors. This is mostly driven by their own hangups and insecurities. In reality, there is only one race. We all came from the same, dark skinned mothers less than 800 generations ago. As people moved away from the equator, their skin tone evolved differently. That’s it.

I’m not Black and I can’t pretend to fully understand the strife of African-Americans. …


We are in the midst of the largest civil unrest in America in a generation. Though the direct cause is yet another police murder of a black man, much like an airplane crash, the situation spun out of control for a number of combined factors.

As I write this, San Francisco Bay Area is well into week 10 of the shelter in place order. Some parts of the world shut down earlier, some later. …


In the early 70s, the brilliant author and filmmaker Michael Crichton imagined a theme park where patrons could play out their fantasies without guilt or recourse. Though it contained Western, Medieval and Roman themes, the park and film were called, “Westworld.” It was all fun and games until the androids became infected with a computer virus and decided to turn on their abusers.

The powerhouse team of J.J. Abrams, Lisa Joy, and Jonathan Nolan incorporated Crichton’s original vision along with his two lesser known follow ups and relaunched the series on HBO in 2016. The modern special effects–that left little…


As an entrepreneur, much like a first responder, I’m trained to run towards the sounds of gun shots. So, when disaster strikes, the natural instinct is to snap into problem-solving mode. This year is bound to go down in history as an inflection point. Whether it will be a good one or not, is still to be determined. Let me explain…

In mid-March when California went into lockdown mode, I got the same eerie feeling as I did twice before in my adult life and career. Decades later, people report remembering exactly what they were doing when they learned Kennedy…


Vitaly M. Golomb is Managing Partner of GS Capital where he focuses on venture, corporate venture, and M&A across Transportation & Mobility, Industry 4.0, and Software/Internet sectors. He was previously a Founding Partner at HP Tech Ventures and a three-time CEO. He wrote the critically-acclaimed, Accelerated Startup, has advised over a dozen accelerators and venture funds, and keynoted conferences in over 30 countries.

Observe and Report. Directed by Jody Hill. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2009.

Years ago when I was first making the transition from entrepreneur to the other side of the table, I sought career advice from one of my mentors in venture capital. I told him about an opportunity I…


It has only been a few years since I left the entrepreneurial rebel alliance and joined the dark side (venture capital.) There are still many pairs of jeans with worn out knees in my closet from all the fundraising (aka begging for money) I did not long ago. So when founders ask me for advice or connections to investors I try to be helpful and save them from learning all the mistakes firsthand.

Multiple times a week, I find myself giving the “Raising Money 101” mini lecture. It has occurred to me that most entrepreneurs have no idea how the…


Recently I’ve found myself giving the same bit of non-obvious advice to a dozen foreign startup founders. On an average day, over 100 international flights land at SFO. It’s a good bet that each one brings a dozen sparkly-eyed startup founders from far away lands. All filed with hope (and hype) to meet venture capitalists who will fund their companies (at Silicon Valley valuations) and make their dreams (and growth projections) come true. My advice… get ready to be disappointed.

Silicon Valley is the Olympics of startups. Over $84B was invested by US VCs in 2017 with ~40% of that…


Since 1971, heads of state and industry have been gathering for five cold, January days in the Swiss mountain town of Davos for the World Economic Forum. The event has provided a powerful platform for discussing anything from trade deals to economic policy to challenges affecting the entire planet.

For the past few years, a bustling community of “unDavos” has also blossomed along side the official event. It attracts tech leaders and investors to mingle with the official invited attendees. While the official event hosts approximately 3,000 delegates, unDavos has swollen to several times that. The days are filled with…


This article originally appeared in June 2017 issue of BOSS Magazine

From Silicon Valley’s perspective, Brexit, President Trump, and populist revolts around the world are incongruous to what is really going on. Large numbers of workers are getting left behind in the wake of automation and artificial intelligence and most governments are not nearly nimble enough to react.

Most people have a skewed perception of their role in a situation, as well as others’ motives. The majority will happily take credit for positive outcomes, while often feeling victimized by negative ones. …


On any given day, plane loads of executives and government agency officials from around the globe land at San Francisco International Airport. Their hope is to learn by osmosis and replicate some of that Silicon Valley magic to drive growth of their enterprises and economies. Though it is impossible to replicate the confluence of events that made Silicon Valley the capital of world innovation, its mindset — driven largely by startups — is being institutionalized. …

Vitaly M. Golomb ✈

Partner at Drake Star Partners, Silicon Valley | Future Mobility Expert | Speaker| Host of “Accelerated” Podcast | Best-selling Author of “Accelerated Startup”

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