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Taking dumb money may only pull you down with those sinking offices. Founders beware.

Taking dumb money may only pull you down with those sinking offices. Founders beware.

Incubatees and investees are often surprised by how many terminals I run at each of my desks. At my desk, even at the BPO, I keep terminals up—not to feel like Gordon Gekko, but because when you see story-stacks and news-wire stacks as a collection, sometimes patterns distill. And this is important.

I hold invite-only office hours among startups that are applying for funding, so that we can meet, whiteboard, flesh out ideas, and generally work together on their business—business planning, even setting up their web presences (Angel.co, Linkedin, etc.).

I do this before I even I put any chips down because it’s a way of test driving. And honestly, it’s more of me helping them than me checking them out. It’s a way for me to see if we’ll work well together.