Never Split the Difference

I’ve always been fascinated with the art & science of negotiation.  In some way, shape, or form, we negotiate almost every day.  Within the last week or so, I’ve negotiated with my graduating senior on overcoming senioritis and taking his final AP exams seriously, discussed the terms of a prospective investment, haggled on rates for pressure washing and staining our house, and negotiated the compensation package of an executive at one of our portfolio companies. ... Read more

Happy Money

Following a recent recommendation, I read Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. The book explores the age-old question: can money buy happiness? The answer – in a nutshell – is yes, but it depends on how you spend it. (more…)

Introducing “What Vocap is Reading”

If you are like us, you consume a lot of content (books, blogs, podcasts, etc.) that is directly or indirectly related to personal or professional development, but you find it challenging to consistently internalize the insights to the extent that they guide your behavior in the long term. (more…)

A Few Notes on Priming the Acquisition Pump

We’ve been enjoying listening to Harry Stebbin’s The Twenty Minute VC podcast.  As the name suggests, VC:20 features 20 minute interviews with a variety of prominent thought leaders in the venture capital world.  Past guests include Fred Destin from Accel, Sam Altman from Y Combinator, and Jason Lemkin from SaaSter, among others.  A few weeks back, Harry had Emilie Choi, Head of Corporate Development for LinkedIn, ... Read more