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I was invited to testify at a Senate hearing tomorrow in front of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. I was born and have lived in the Boston area almost all my life. I went to school here, met my wife and married her here, built a family and pursued my career here. I gave a talk at Harvard Law School this week to a VC and Entrepreneurship class on raising your first round of financing. My first time jumping into the start-up world was as a freshly minted Harvard MBA in 1995. As my classmates were rushing off to high-paying, high-powered jobs on Wall Street, I joined a Series A start-up with 30 employees as. In classic economics, deflation - a downward trend in prices - is a dangerous force that leads to recessions (see: Japan, economic disaster - a case study). All the focus on the Pope's departure from the Vatican has got me thinking about the meaning of religion. Despite being a Wharton and MIT guy, my friend Fred Wilson has been kind enough to attend my class at HBS for the last few years. Living the startup life is a hard roller coaster. One day you think you're on the verge of building a billion-dollar company, the next you wake up in a cold sweat, paranoid that you are about to run out of. I was in synagogue last weekend for a cousin's bat mitzvah and was struck by the entrepreneurial lessons from the weekly Torah portion. The short answer is no, but perhaps there’s hope. The day after President Obama was inaugurated for a second term, I was invited to speak at the (MUCH smaller) inaugural meeting of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Innovation and. Today's post is brought to you by my friend, Paul Blumenfeld, a recruiter who is one of the most thoughtful people I know when it comes to hiring processes. grit /grit/ Noun Small, loose particles of stone or sand. Verb Clench (the teeth), esp. in order to keep one's resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty. A question I often get asked by entrepreneurs is what is Flybridge’s investment philosophy – do we make our investment decisions based on people or on themes? The glib answer is both, but as I’ve thought more about this question. I continue to be fascinated with the changing art of product management. This week, I taught a class at Intelligent. "I can't wait to get back to work. This fundraising is a real drag on my day job." - Startup CEO raising capital We have a number of portfolio companies that are raising money.