Scott Poniewaz

Entrepreneur, globetrotter, foodie, and the Silicon Alley Roundup

Silicon Alley Roundup: Running Down Dreams

I talked about the Facebook IPO being a stimulus package.  That lasted for just a few minutes and I won’t even mention the mess that has come up over the last week.  I’m sure you’ve read plenty, and I’m tired of hearing and talking about it, so I’ll spare you.

Great weather for the beach, dangerous heat for 26.2 miles of running.

Another Friday and another trip out of NYC.  Memorial Day weekend has most people heading to sunny beaches, but I’m flying to Madison and Chicago for the weekend to do the Madison Marathon and spend time with my family.  However, it is now expected to be 95 degrees, which means, the chances are it will be canceled.  All of those hours spent training and committing to a goal, only to be let go by things outside of your control.  I think that is a good lesson in many aspects of life.  No matter how much work you put into something, how many hours and years you have sacrificed, sometimes, it just will never be enough and outside factors will keep  you from achieving something you have worked so hard for.


Roundup Reads for the Week:

•This is just awesome.  No words can explain how cool the next generation of space travel will develop to become, but Elon Musk’s SpaceX Dragon making the first hookup with the International Space Station today is groundbreaking.  You can see more about it on MSNBC here: “Cosmic Log – SpaceX’s Dragon craft makes historic hookup with space station” (bonus is this BusinessInsider piece on why Musk is the most inspiring entrepreneur in the world)


•There has been quite a bit of talk lately about the boom in accelerator programs (full disclosure, I’m an ERA 2012 grad).  The big thing, is knowing what you’re getting into before you make the leap and understanding it isn’t an end-all-be-all fast track for success.  Paul Graham, the founder of YCombinator, has a couple pieces of advice: “Beware the Artificial Accelerator” (and check out my Dibsie co-founder’s piece in VentureBeat on the subject here)

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Explore. Dream. Discover. (and Innovate).

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn’t do than
by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
[Mark Twain]


Every time you move, you end up finding things you have forgotten about.  In this digital age, it often happens as you clean out your hard drive.  While I haven’t forgotten India, I often find it difficult to explain what my life consisted of for four years.


It is often the journey, not the destination that brings you the furthest.  I made this about 2 years ago after my last stint spent working abroad in India.  I spent about 4 years there. Nearly two years ago, I left that job and started my own company.  I think it is about time to reflect on that time.  Expect a post on that soon.

India and Ladakh


FYI: Featured in the video are a few of my favorite places in India.  Bangla Sahib, the primary Sikh temple in Delhi, India.  Then several Buddhist festivals in the high Himalayan state, and former Buddhist kingdom, of Ladakh, India.  Perched on the plateau at 11,000 feet with peaks reaching in excess of 20,000 feet, this is a truly spectacular destination.  


2012 New Years Resolutions for an Entrepreneur

Oh boy, here we go again.  I’m not generally one for making resolutions, mostly because I like to challenge myself throughout the year in different ways, however this year I feel a bit differently.  Most resolutions, like rules, are made to be broken.


Lisa and I for my first pilgrimmage to Lambeau Field

After starting off the year with my first pilgrimage to Lambeau Field on New Years Day, I feel like I’m off to a productive and successful year and feel the momentum that I can ride that wave into 2013.  As Warren Miller always says at the beginning of his films, “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll only be one year older when you do.”


Here are a few things I hope to achieve in the coming year:  Continue reading