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The Walk Away Move

The Gotham Gal and I are watching Succession after being told by so many friends and family members that we had to see it. We are in season two and last night we watched an episode where Logan Roy tries to acquire a family-owned media business. The selling family, led by the mother, tells him they will do the deal if he names his daughter Shiv as his successor. Logan explains that is not how he does things and that he will name his successor on his time and terms. The mother explains it is a req...
Tags: Trends, Life Lessons, Logan, Shiv, Gotham Gal, Logan Roy, NYC Logan

Grit, Resilience and Determination

I am returning to a topic that I have talked a lot about on this blog. A number of years ago at our annual CEO Summit, we had Angela Duckworth speak to our portfolio about Grit, the topic of her excellent book on the subject. In Angela’s research, she determined that the single greatest determinant of success was not talent. It was grit. I was reminded of that last night as I watched Derek Rose lead the New York Knicks to a must win in game two of their series against the Atlanta Hawks. T...
Tags: Trends, USV, Life Lessons, Nba, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Knicks, Angela, John Buttrick, Angela Duckworth, Derek Rose, Atlanta Hawks The Knicks

Winning at Fifty

I was rooting for Phil Mickelson all weekend to win the PGA at age 50. I’ve watched Phil for thirty years and I’ve seen all of the highs and lows and there have been many. He plays the game of golf with a level of creativity that can often lead to problems. He is a risk-taker which isn’t always the best way to approach a golf course. But this weekend at the PGA, he was simply better than anyone else. He hit the ball as far as players thirty years younger than he is. And he showed off his incr...
Tags: Trends, USV, Pga, Phil Mickelson, Life Lessons, Phil

Leadership Matters

Last night I watched the NY Knicks win their fourth straight game on the road in New Orleans. They are now 29-27 and have a fighting chance of being a .500 team this season with only 16 regular season games left. This is essentially the same team that went 21-45 last year. Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Taj Gibson, and Reggie Bullock were all on that 21-45 team. What changed? The coach is what changed. Tom Thibodeau came in and has instilled an entirely di...
Tags: Garden, Sports, Trends, Life Lessons, New Orleans, Knicks, Tom Thibodeau, NY Knicks, Reggie Bullock, Albert Wenger, This Knicks


I do a lot of “bulk emailing” but I hate sending bulk emails. I prefer to personalize emails and send them one by one so that the recipient understands that the email came from me. What that has meant is that I take google sheets full of email addresses and I cut and paste a message into my gmail for each and every email address. That is incredibly slow, dull, repetitive, and painful. About a year ago, we started using Hubspot for our family’s philanthropic efforts and it was a revelation ...
Tags: Trends, Life Lessons, HubSpot, Hanel Baveja Apr

Mental Toughness

Your mental toughness and the way in which you organize your mind are the two biggest determinants of everything that happens to you and whether or not you attain your full potential. Mental... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Featured, Careers, Life Lessons

Staying Positive

One of the gifts that I got was the ability to stay positive. I am grateful to my parents, my wife, and my genes (and anyone else responsible too). It is such a superpower. I don’t just mean optimism. I mean saying nice things about people. I mean keeping a smile on your face. I mean positivity in all things. I do have my moments of negativity, but they come infrequently and go away quickly. I saw Magic Johnson say something nice about the Lakers last night and I texted my son that I app...
Tags: Trends, Bitcoin, Life Lessons, Tumblr, Biden, Magic Johnson, David Karp, Lakers, Trump, Knicks, Celtics, Albert Wenger, CrisisNick Grossman


The last two months have been challenging in NYC. It has been cold, rainy, and snowy. There has not been a lot of sun. And the pandemic has things locked down. I know so many people who have found the last few months very challenging. At the same time, more and more friends and loved ones are getting vaccinated. I hope to be able to do that soon myself. So there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in the tunnel. The other thing about the pandemic is it feels like we work al...
Tags: Trends, USV, Life Lessons

Putting Yourself Out There and Your Heart, Body and Soul

You must desire success in whatever you are doing, and make sure that desire matches who you are and want to be. Put your heart into what you are doing, and be behind it 100%. When you go out into... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Featured, Careers, Life Lessons, How to Succeed

Walnut Shells and an Important Life Lesson

COVID has been deadly and disruptive. One of the reasons we’re having so much trouble with it is that we’re not used to dealing with diseases we don’t know much about. Medical science has made such great strides that we believe that there’s a pill, potion, or procedure for any physical ailment. That wasn’t true in 1952 when I was six years old. Kids I knew died from the measles. That vaccine was still a couple of years away. Kids I knew got polio. Some took the Sister Kenny treatments. 1952 was ...
Tags: Leadership, Learning, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, Life Lessons, Personal Development, Kenny, New Skills, John Wadsworth, Rod Santomassimo, Walnut Shells

A Nice Zoom Hack – Take Two

I wrote yesterday about a couple of Zoom tricks I learned last week. Unfortunately, I messed up that post and conflated two different features and confused everyone. So I am going to try this again. If you are tired of looking at yourself on the endless Zoom meetings we are all doing all day long, you can click on the three little blue dots on the upper right of your own “box” in Zoom and select “Hide Self View.” Everyone else will continue to see you on their screens, but you will no longer ...
Tags: Trends, USV, Life Lessons, Andy Weissman

A Nice Zoom Hack

After almost a year of being on Zoom all day, I am sick and tired of looking at myself on the screen. But I don’t love going off video and then everyone seeing a black box with a profile picture of me. So I learned a new Zoom trick in a board meeting last week. If you check the box in the Zoom video settings called “hide non-video participants”, then you can turn your video off and nobody will see your profile hanging out there with video off. When you turn video back on, you will be se...
Tags: Trends, Life Lessons, Andy Weissman

Learning From Your Mistakes

Show me a successful person and I will show you someone who has made a ton of mistakes. That’s how things go. You can’t really learn from your successes. You can try to replicate the wins and sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. But mistakes – those are powerful learning moments. I have made my share of mistakes over the years and continue to do so, particularly in new areas where I am not experienced. It’s always a bummer when the mistake comes home to roost and you have losses, egg on...
Tags: Trends, USV, Life Lessons, Andy Weissman

Can you describe in Polish what pandemic has taught you?

During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and changed not just the way we live and work, but also how we think and behave. Every part of the world has been affected, and every aspect of life has been impacted. Perhaps there are some life lessons to take away from this pandemic. I’m sure we all learned something…I have asked my friends to tell me one thing they have learned during the time when the whole world was fighting this deadly virus. I have gotten many ...
Tags: Health, Family, Linguistics, Life Lessons, Countries, Nie, Phrases, Polish Language, Pandemic, Current News, COVID-19

Allow People around You to Feel and Believe Whatever They Want

The people we meet come from all different backgrounds; they live their lives according to facts that may not make sense or appear to be true. People are unlikely to change each other’s minds about... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Featured, Careers, Selling, Life Lessons, Job Search, Law Firms, Gas Station, Practicing Law

Controlling Your Destiny

I am returning to a theme that I feel quite strongly about. I blog on WordPress using a host that I have selected and can move from at any time. WordPress is open source software and I can download it and run it on my own machines if I want to. I don’t. But being able to do that is key. Medium and Substack and Clubhouse and Twitter, etc, etc are fantastic. They make it drop dead simple for anyone to share their thoughts with the world. But they are controlled by someone else. You can ge...
Tags: Trends, USV, Weblogs, Life Lessons

Introducing The New CEO

When a CEO has been removed for failed leadership, it is best to have a new CEO waiting in the wings to take over. I have been in the middle of this transition many times and have often been the person announcing the change to the company and introducing the new CEO. I have seen this done well and I have seen this done poorly. That first all-hands meeting is a critical moment for the new CEO. He/she needs to connect with the team, tell them who they are, what they care about, and, most impor...
Tags: Trends, United States, Life Lessons, Biden, Company


Look at any successful person; Angela Merkel, LeBron James, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, and you will see someone who has benefitted tremendously from one or more mentors in their life. Nobody gets somewhere on their own. Everyone has help. I was reminded of this when I read this touching remembrance that my friend Brad Feld wrote about his mentor Len Fassler yesterday. I first met Brad a few years after Len bought Brad’s first company and a few years before Brad and Len went through hell with ...
Tags: Trends, USV, Bliss, Life Lessons, Brad Feld, Brad, Milton, Len, University Club, Joanne, Wharton, Albert Wenger, Interliant, Len Fassler, Bliss McCrum, Milton Pappas

Current Events and Math

Watching the election returns last night made me think about all of the math we are learning in the last year. Now that our elections include different kinds of votes that have different demographics associated with them (mail-in votes, early votes, same-day votes), the absolute numbers move all around as the votes are being counted and reported. The networks are doing a pretty good job of trying to explain all of this math to us while it is happening and it is a real teaching/learning mo...
Tags: Trends, Life Lessons, Wilson, My dad

What Is Going To Happen In 2021

Hi Everyone. Happy 2021. Today, as is my custom on the first day of the new year, I am going to take a stab at what the year ahead will bring. I find it useful to think about what we are in for. It helps me invest and advise the companies we are invested in. Like our investing, I will get some of these right and some wrong. But having a point of view is very helpful when operating in a world that is full of uncertainty. Let’s start with the elephant in the room. The Covid Pandemic will end...
Tags: Cdc, Entrepreneurship, La, US, Trends, Economics, USV, Current Affairs, Life Lessons, Crypto, Miami, VC & Technology, Climate Crisis, Uniswap

How I Learned to Stop Being So Jealous and Finally Get on with My Life

Jealousy and envy are two of the most common—yet negative and useless—emotions many of us have. For a long time, I let both of these destructive feelings overwhelm and poison me. Here’s how I finally gained control over them.Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Mind Hacks, Life Lessons, Lifehacks

Christmas Presents

I remember when I was a kid and my parents would put presents under a tree and for weeks we would wait excitedly for the moment when we would get to open them. It was a great tradition that ended when we grew up, moved out, and started families of our own. Our family did the Christmas present thing for a while when our kids were young, but the tradition stopped when we started doing big family trips over the year-end holidays when our kids got old enough to do two-week trips halfway around th...
Tags: Trends, Life Lessons, TCO, NYC DOB

Looking for a Gift or Stocking Stuffers? Here’s a Few Worth Checking Out!

  Last-Minute Gifts and/Or  Stocking Stuffer Ideas We’re all in a race to the holiday finish line and if you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift or a stocking stuffer, we have a few ideas that may suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for something a little sweet, to get your sweat on, or fun […] The post Looking for a Gift or Stocking Stuffers? Here’s a Few Worth Checking Out! first appeared on
Tags: Featured, Celebrity, Women, Christmas, Lifestyle, Holiday, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Marketing Strategy, Art and design, Viral, Innovation, Life Lessons

Covid-19 Has Closed Many Restaurants in So. CA. Here’s a Way to Help Those Out of Work!

  For the holiday season, non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage is partnering with Accountability PAC to solicit donations to purchase gifts for laid of or furloughed restaurant employees and their families for the holidays. Accountability PAC   was recently involved in a  march in Belmont Shore about the closure of restaurants’ outdoor dining.   Please […] The post Covid-19 Has Closed Many Restaurants in So. CA. Here's a Way to Help Those Out of Work! first appeared on ...
Tags: Photos, Family, Featured, California, Restaurants, Women, Charity, Lifestyle, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Marketing Strategy, Art and design

Check Out This New Poem from DB Leighton! Loving “Nothing But Time”!

From my good friend, DB Leighton, here is  another poem. I LOVE this one. It’s definitely one relevant poem.. given the current climate of  Covid 19 and quarantine.. and yet it fits many other situations and “times” of our lives when things either move far too quickly or is moving as slow as molasses in […] The post Check Out This New Poem from DB Leighton! Loving "Nothing But Time"! first appeared on
Tags: Photos, Featured, Relationships, Poetry, Lifestyle, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Author, Art and design, Innovation, Life Lessons, Insight, Men, Expert

We Will Miss You Arnold

I learned yesterday of the passing of Arnold Waldstein. Arnold was as regular a reader of this blog as there ever was or ever will be. His warmth is what I will remember most. He cared about people. Arnold was a born and bred NYer who went to Silicon Valley and built a career in marketing. He was an early employee at a number of well-known tech companies. Sometime in the 2000s, he relocated back to NYC and found his way to this blog where he became a regular commenter on tech, NYC, and pretty...
Tags: NYC, Trends, Life Lessons, Silicon Valley, Arnold, Arnold Waldstein Arnold

Change Your Perception of the World and You Will Change Your Life

   [LSD] is “one of the two or three most important things I’ve done in my life” – Steve Jobs Steve Jobs once faulted Bill Gates for not taking LSD when younger: He’d be a broader guy if he had... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Featured, Steve Jobs, Careers, Bill Gates, Life Lessons, Lsd, Steve Jobs Steve Jobs, Getting Ahead, How to Succeed, Perceptions Work, Acid, A. Harrison Barnes, Perception Of Fact

Some Thoughts On The Pandemic

When I go back and read my Jan 1st post on what would happen in the 2020s, I am reminded how hard it is to predict the future. The Covid Pandemic changed everything in 2020 and likely for years to come. And yet it was not one of my predictions, even though Covid was already spreading in China at the time I wrote it. We are nine months into the pandemic in the US and there is light at the end of the tunnel. We have two vaccines that have reported fantastic results and will soon be approved for...
Tags: Asia, China, US, Trends, Current Affairs, Life Lessons, Fda, Albert Wenger, COVID

From SoulCycle to the office: 10 brand-building lessons

When it comes to drive, resilience and brand power, there's a lot agents can learn from the fitness world. Here, two SoulCycle master instructors share their top tips for tapping into the athlete mindset.
Tags: Productivity, Motivation, Fitness, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Life Lessons, Agent, Soulcycle, Athlete, Brokerage, Select, Athlete mindset, Tamara Bakir


When I was 18-years old I started an asphalt sealing business. My second asphalt sealing job was for the Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 100 company. He lived on a giant hill in a tony suburb... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Featured, Careers, Life Lessons, Getting Ahead