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Building our own video conferencing solution with

Apr 2, 2020
3 min read
During lockdown, I decided to not spend all of my free time playing video games, and catch up on some programming. So a couple weeks ago, in between about 4-5 meetings, I put together a drop-in replacement for Zoom using the [] API. Presenting: Meet []. Pull requests and Issues welcome. I've abstracted away all the Root-specific code, so you can now deploy your own instance of Meet to your own Netlify account with one click from the GitHub...

Welcoming President Gilda Barabino to Olin College

Mar 26, 2020
3 min read
Excited to be able to finally talk about the thing that's taken me to Boston about 6 times in the last 8 months. Dr. Gilda Barabino is the next President of Olin College....
software, vc

Floors and ceilings

Mar 3, 2020
4 min read
One framework I like to think about in large developer tools opportunities is what I'm trying to call lowering the floor and raising the ceiling....
software, vc

What is hard software?

Feb 20, 2020
1 min read
In Hard tech, I talked about the overarching thesis at Root Ventures. But I mentioned that my area is hard software. What do I mean by that? I'm tempted to say, "you know it when you see it," but here's a few heuristics I think about....

If you learn these 3 things, you can make anything

Feb 19, 2020
3 min read
If you want to make something, anything at all, there's only 3 things you need...

Developer tools are enterprise software

Feb 12, 2020
5 min read
Last week I wrote about how developer tools are consumer software, but there are also obvious ways in which they are enterprise software. Since this is more or less the traditional way to think about (and value) developer tools companies, I won’t belabor it, but there are a few interesting points...

Developer tools are consumer software

Feb 8, 2020
2 min read
I’m surprised how many firms put a partner from their enterprise software team on their developer tools thesis area. Don’t get me wrong, many of these investors are truly fantastic...

Hard tech

Feb 6, 2020 — Featured
1 min read
When I left Teespring to start angel investing full-time, the first two people I talked to were former Teespring board members — Keith Rabois and Sam Altman. Keith’s advice, as usual, was highly tactical and proven right over time......