YC for Manufacturing

Factory: Build a public factory to support a new generation of industrialists. Action: Raise $10M+ to build public factory. Fund: Invest $10K-1M+ in new startup manufacturers. Action: Raise $10M+ for accelerator fund. This accelerator will be a factory for new solutions, from commodifying desalination and decarbonization to healthier, abundant food and medicine. We could buildContinue reading “YC for Manufacturing”

Startups vs. Studios

Startup = Growth. No company can grow forever with just one product. The best startups launch, buy, and grow many products. Xerox → PARC Google → X Amazon → Grand Challenge Google → Alphabet Facebook → Meta This generation of founders is starting younger, growing faster, and staying with their companies for longer. Keeping theirContinue reading “Startups vs. Studios”

Founders vs. VCs

If you’re really ambitious in startups, there’s only ever been two paths: founder vs. VC. Founders go deep on one company. VCs get to build a broad portfolio. Startup studios are the best of both sides of the table: Founders should build a portfolio of companies themselves. “The power dynamic between venture capitalists and founders massivelyContinue reading “Founders vs. VCs”

Utopic Studio

Indie = 100% Ownership I’m prioritizing independence in this phase of my career. Individual startups in my portfolio can and will raise outside capital when they’re ready to be independent. But Utopic LLC, the original parent company, will always stay 100% mine. Startup = Anything I Want to Create Any funding: Bootstrapped → VC/PE AnyContinue reading “Utopic Studio”

Fractionalization

Problem: High transaction costs limit public access into finance, real estate, etc. Solution: Fractionalize complex assets using smart contracts and digital mirrors. How many lawyers can we replace with smart contracts? How much of finance is just entities securing each others’ assets? VCs (1-10+ wires) → Angels (10-100+ checks) → Crowdfunding (100-1K+ credit cards) →Continue reading “Fractionalization”

Politics is the Biggest Game

Goalie, St. Louis Blues: 1992-95 Astronaut, NASA: 1995-99 President, USA: 1999-2010 Owner, St. Louis Blues: 2000-Now Help Dad Rebuild His Business: 2010-12 Make Independent Testing Ubiquitous: 2012-2020 Solve the World’s Biggest Problems: 2020-Now That’s me. Give me the world’s hardest jobs and I’ll step up and take my best shot. Put me in Coach. I’mContinue reading “Politics is the Biggest Game”

Personal Capital

Personal Capital > Venture Capital Think: 360 Deals for Creators. Funding is attached to the person, not the project. Investors earn a percentage of future equity and/or revenue streams. I want to raise a fund to support creators directly and let them build whatever they want. See: Founder Accelerator Build your own portfolio of products,Continue reading “Personal Capital”

360 Deals for Creators

In the music industry, a 360 deal is where a record label provides an artist with financial, marketing, and distribution support in exchange for a percentage of future revenue streams. This solves the fundamental misalignment between founders and investors: Founders shouldn’t have to go all-in on each idea. Investors should back founders long-term, not just forContinue reading “360 Deals for Creators”