Silicon Alley Roundup: DC Marathon and Co-founder breakup’s edition

With my company entering the ERA incubator January 1, I had decided my two year streak for the DC Marathon was coming to a close. However, a couple friends, a few beers, and me inspiring a couple others that if they really wanted to do one, they could, I suddenly was also roped in. Unfortunately, the others have backed out or down to half marathons, but I’m still going for it.


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Not going to lie, last year was rough. I ended up with stomach issues and vomiting off the bridge at mile 20, and running on a completely empty tank during the part of your marathon where your mind needs to take over and shut down what your body is trying to say. The 5 am (sometimes even 4:30 am) mornings, 20 mile weekend runs, and balancing work and life, the new years resolution is reaching step 1 of 2. My training has been much more regimented, so I am ready. DC this weekend and I’ll do Madison over Memorial Day weekend. DC bound shortly, but ready to run tomorrow. Wish me luck, here comes the three-peat.


Roundup Reads for the Week:

•Being a co-founder is a lot like a marriage goes the old adage.  When the news of Dennis and Naveen of Foursquare going their separate ways made its way across the tech gossip news blogs, the rumors started to fly.  Betabeat/New York Observer dove into it a little deeper this week about what happened.  Or at least what they suspect happened: How to Avoid Being Pushed Out of the Company You Founded


•Speaking of gossip in the tech world, I feel I successfully avoided all the hoopla around SXSW this past week.  The one big announcement I did get excited about though, is that Instagram is FINALLY coming to Android.  Get me on the beta please! Mashable reports here: Instagram Announces Android Version.  Maybe now I can start hanging out with @bridif and @stephenthorpey for their InstagramNYC meetups.

•This is a random, geeky story, but I’m including it anyway.  I’ve always thought of dry cleaning as this modern miracle, but learned in India, what the facts are behind it.  Kerosene.  I was going for a meeting with the American Embassy and my legal team in India, so I needed to wear my suit.  I pulled it out of my bag and it was in desperate need of a press/cleaning, so I sent it away.  It came back smelling like gasoline.  Perfect for going into the high security fortress of the American Embassy in Delhi.  I guess it is a normal thing, they just cover it up better in America.  Here is the lowdown: How does dry cleaning really work?


•I have contributed a piece to Under30CEO, and have been meaning to do another one.  One of the ideas was this one, which discusses, in a 3-part series, why to go do things, rather than spend the time and money just studying them.  I couldn’t agree more.  If you haven’t seen it, check out the three part series by Marc Brodeur:

Why I chose starting a business over grad school, part 1

Why I chose starting a business over grad school, part 2

Why I chose starting a business over grad school, part 3


Quote of the Week:

Fred Wilson stopped into ERA this week and talked about giving investors the view and the vision from the top of the mountain (A big thanks for stopping in).  As someone that has spent a lot of time living in and playing in the mountains from the Rocky’s to the Himalaya of the Tibetan plateau.  It reminded me of a quote one of my mountaineering instructors shared during my NOLS semester in Alaska:
You cannot stay on the mountain forever. You have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.
-Rene Daumel, Mont Analogue
Videos that inspire:


•As I mentioned earlier, I’m heading to DC this weekend to run my third DC Marathon. The name has changed from the National Marathon to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, but the course is the same. I’ve never been as stressed going into a race, but I know the adrenaline will start going when I hit DC. It is only fitting that I share the trailer for “Spirit of the Marathon”:


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