Request for Startup: Machine Vision for Haircuts

I recently got a haircut and one thing I’m always struck by is the inconsistency of quality. Even if I’m going to the same barber or hairdresser for successive haircuts, I still face a risk of getting a subpar haircut. That realization got me to thinking about whether something could be done to fix haircuts.…

On Team Leaders as Benevolent Dictators

I’ve recently been doing some thinking about what makes a good team in the context of work. To me, a good team (as I’ve previously discussed) is one that can operate efficiently and without bottlenecks. A good team is based on mutual credibility, loyalty, and trust. Each teammate has a discrete task and no work…

Venture Deals – Targeting Specific VC Firms

As someone interested in tech entrepreneurship and venture capital, I decided to start taking the free Venture Deals course offered by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group in partnership with the Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars. The course is based on Feld and Mendelson’s book of the same name, widely considered one of the best…

Request for Restaurant Startup: Mexican Teppanyaki

I’ve been sitting on yet another restaurant idea for quite a while now. I have always been curious about the idea of “dinner theater.” Traditionally, dinner theater combines a restaurant meal with a staged play or musical. Sometimes the play is secondary to the meal or, other times, the play may be a major production with…

Request for Restaurant Startup: Wyrd

I grew up near New Brunswick, the college town that is home to four of Rutgers University’s campuses. And this past week, as I was standing on a street corner there, I thought about going into one of the popular bars in town. But as I stood there, I thought about how sad and awkward…