Author: Yohei

  • Retail & D2C ūüõćūüď¶

    The changing face of retail ūüõć 2020 hit retail hard, and retail is hitting back (with innovation)! Starting with livestream shopping, you have¬†PopShopLive,¬†ShopShop, and¬†NTWRK¬†to name a few.¬†Hero¬†allows¬†e-commerce store owners to video chat with customers on their site.¬†LiveScale¬†and¬†Playback¬†help brands to schedule and host video shopping events.¬†Glamhive¬†is a virtual stylist service that hosts large scale virtual events […]

  • Is it Christmas yet? Let’s talk eCommerce tools

    Honoring the tradition of talking about Christmas too early, I’d like to share some eCommerce tools. In all seriousness, if you’re selling D2C, you should be starting to think about how to take advantage of the first and hopefully last COVID Christmas. Want packaging?¬†Lumi. Need help with ops and fulfillment? Take a look at¬†Airhouse¬†or¬†Outerspace. Then, […]

  • Ayo for Productivity

    Every few months, a new tool increases my productivity so much I can’t wait to share it. It was¬†Superhuman¬†a few months ago, increasing my email speed by more than 2x. This month, I started using¬†Silent Inbox: a simple gmail plug-in that holds all of your newsletters and delivers it once a day. Seems email is […]

  • New & Interesting Startups: September Edition

    For the uninitiated, I like to ramble about interesting startups I’ve come across recently. Sometimes there’s a theme, but other times it’s random. Let’s start with the “unbundling of colleges”, since¬†Lambda School¬†recently raised a $74M C round. You’re starting to see this model across a wide range of skillsets. There’s¬†OnDelta* for marketing,¬†Reforge¬†for growth,¬†ProductSchool¬†for product,¬†Skillfull¬†for strategy […]

  • Voice is Hot

    Likely because of the recent¬†Clubhouse¬†investment, I‚Äôm noticing a lot of activity in the voice space. I‚Äôm seeing more of¬†Chalk, which is similar to Clubhouse but open to all. Clubhouse feels more like a media play, where they focus on courting influencers to become what I‚Äôd call the Twitch for conference calls, where as Chalk feels […]

  • Opening up the Workplace and the Future of Work

    We’re starting to open up the workplace. Are self-reported health symptom tools like¬†Tamarin Health¬†and¬†TeamSense¬†enough? Maybe your workplace won’t reopen and you’ll go full remote. You might negotiate a work-from-home office package through¬†Firstbase, and get better home security through¬†Clario. Maybe use¬†Avvinue¬†to relocate to another country. Now that all the meetings are on Zoom, perhaps you’ll use […]

  • Startups Tackling the Future of Education

    As we look to opening up schools, I’ve spent an increasing amount of time thinking about the future of education. Within 5-10 years, I believe parents will be able to move anywhere in the world and provide world-class education for their kids at any age. We’ll start below with startups supporting more traditional schooling, and […]

  • I’m loving No Code

    I recently migrated a custom CRM from code (MySQL/PHP/HTML/CSS/Javascript) to No Code, so I naturally look at a lot of these tools. For those unfamiliar, there are an increasing number of tools that allow people to create full blown apps without writing a line of code.¬†Webflow¬†is the king¬†today, they provide both front end and back […]

  • Is Shelter in Place Political?

    Following the news cycle, it seems Shelter in Place is driven politically, with conservatives itching to get out and liberals sheltering in place (I’m overgeneralizing). We also know that urban environments help spread the virus, so it would make sense that these people would support shelter in place. Finally, we also know that urban areas […]

  • Four Deltas: a framework for communicating the impact of coronavirus on your business

    I’ve received a lot of communication from founders about the impact of the recent epidemic on their business – some informative, some lackluster. Based on what I’ve seen, I created a rather simple framework to help founders communicate the key pieces of information that an investor (current or prospective) would want to hear. I call […]