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Incremental Innovation

Early this summer I walked into my parking garage and saw that they had installed two Chargepoint electric vehicle charging stations. I turned around, walked back to our apartment building, and went upstairs and told the Gotham Gal that the moment I had been waiting for had come and I wanted to get a Tesla. That weekend we took a trip up to the Tesla showroom in the art gallery section of Chelsea and bought one. It came last week and we are enjoying driving a car built by software people. We may be late to this party but we are happy to be at it now.

This past week Tesla announced a software upgrade that offers Autopilot features. I’ve been wondering for a while now how self driving technology would come to market. Google has been working on this technology for close to a decade and I’ve seen driverless cars on 280 heading from San Francisco to Palo Alto. But who wants to get into the back seat of the first self driving car and let the car do its thing? Not me.

On the other hand if self driving technology comes to market feature by feature, the way Tesla seems to be approaching things, we can get used to it bit by bit and someday we will happily get into that back seat without thinking twice about it.

It sounds like it will start with things like highway lane changes and parallel parking (if there ever was a thing that machines can do better than humans that would be it). And over time we will get more and more autopilot features. And at some point the car will be driving itself and we will be fine with that.

This makes a ton of sense to me. Sometimes incremental innovation is better than doing the whole thing at once. When you want to change behavior on something as game changing as driverless cars, I think the incremental approach makes a ton of sense.

Fifty Three

Another year, another birthday.

For the past fifteen years, I’ve been spending my birthday on the beach with my family. That seems like the ideal way to do it. I hope that tradition lasts as long as I do.

The weather has been spectacular on the east end of long island this week and we spent most of yesterday afternoon on a boat in Sag Harbor.

Today, I plan to do some yoga, play some golf with my son, and have a family dinner tonight.

I don’t really enjoy receiving presents. The best present for me is to be somewhere awesome surrounded by my family. I’ve already received that present.

But if you feel that you must send me something, please make a small donation to CSNYC here. I would appreciate that very much.

Going For A Bike Ride

I don’t have much to say today. It’s been a gorgeous weekend in NYC and I’m headed out for a bike ride in Brooklyn with my daughter.

Speaking of biking, here’s an awesome bike project on Kickstarter that William shared with me last week.

Happy Mothers Day

One of the many things that got my attention last week was the speech Kevin Durant gave accepting his MVP award. His remarks about his mom were very touching. He said “when something good happens to you, I tend to look back to what brought me here.” And, of course, at the top of the list of “what brought me here” is our mothers.

Like most of us, I have two Mothers in my life.

My Mother, Peg Wilson, who gave me birth and put up with all the crap that I dished out as a kid. I was a difficult child. I always wanted things my way and drove most of the people around me crazy. At the top of the list of people I drove crazy was my Mom.

The other Mother in my life is the Gotham Gal. Not only has she been an incredible mother to our three children, she took over from my Mom around the year we met and finished off the job of shaping who I am. The Gotham Gal is my harshest critic and always has been. There is nobody who can put me in my place quite like her. I don’t appreciate that in the moment, but I appreciate it after the fact.

I guess that is the ultimate thing about Moms. They shape who we are. They are demanding, loving, and giving. Thank god I have two mothers in my life. I love both of them very much.

Feature Friday: Tablet Stand

I like to read the news on my Nexus 7 while sitting at the bar in our kitchen. The Gotham Gal sits next to me reading the paper. I like the juxtaposition of that.

I don’t like reading on the Nexus 7 when it is lying flat on the bar. I want it at an angle for easier reading.

So I purchased this tablet stand on Etsy recently.

tablet stand

It gets the job done, but it’s a bit flimsy. So I am looking for something a bit more substantial.

Does anyone use a tablet stand for reading on a Mac Mini or Nexus 7? And if so, what do you use? I am all ears.

Fun Friday: Hangover Cures

Once a year we host the leadership of our entire portfolio for a one day CEO Summit at USV’s offices. There is always a fun evening event. Last night we went to The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (the Gotham Gal is an investor there). And then afterwards, in what has become a tradition, I take anyone who wants to go out to a night on the town. It is a lot of fun.

I got home at 2am last night and need to be at the USV offices for another annual event at 8am. I’m up and I’m in pain.

My trusted technique is a lot of water, Advil, a hot shower, and an espresso.

I’m curious to hear some other approaches.

Fun Friday: The Missing Plane

While this is not exactly a “fun” topic, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity for a comment driven day at AVC. Last night at dinner, our friend Ben asked me if I had an opinion on the missing Malaysian Airlines plane (#MH370 on Twitter).

I told him I thought it was a hijacking and after that I had no idea. He went on to explain to me that the flight had continued for four or five hours after the communications systems were turned off. To me that suggests even more that this was an act of foul play and that the plane may have been landed somewhere with all the passengers now hostages. Of course, that’s just speculation on my part. What is shocking is given all the satellites and other systems designed to track things such as this, we don’t yet have any public information on the whereabouts of the plane.

So with that, let’s go to the comments and see what you all think. What happened to MH370 and where is it now?

Unresolved

My friend John asked me yesterday what my New Year's resolutions were. I thought about it for a bit and then told him that I have none this year.

Of course like most everyone I want to eat healthier and exercise more (which for me means mostly yoga and cycling). I want to be a better husband, father, business partner. But these are ongoing efforts that I have been working on for years.

I also have some very specific things like finding a new doctor and shopping for some new pants, shirts, and jackets (some of which the Gotham Gal has already started doing for me).

But unlike years in the past, I can't find a thing or two that I really want to work on or change right now. So I am unresolved this new years day and totally fine with that.

Fun Friday: Year End Lists

It's been a month since we've done a fun friday around here. Getting much too serious it seems. So let's do one today. It's year end and time for year end lists. Here are some that I saw and liked:

The New Yorker's Best Books of 2013, Part 1

The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2013

The New Yorker Best Movies of 2013

Cliff Chenfeld's Music Picks for 2013

Kirk Love's Top 10 Albums and Songs for 2013

works in progress:

my songs of the year (i will publish this at some point in the next week)

Brian's best of 2013

Ok, that's enough from me. Please share your favorite year end lists in the comments.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I love the John Hughes film starring John Candy and Steve Martin in which the two of them go to great effort to get home from NYC to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner. I might put it on this morning while the Gotham Gal is cooking in the kitchen.

I thought of that film yesterday as I was coming out of the subway and person after person was coming down the subway stairs with their luggage. On most days you don't see people dragging their luggage into the subway. But the day before thanksgiving is different. Thanksgiving is a day you spend with your family. And so people get on planes, trains, and automobiles and get to their loved ones.

I saw this photo on tumblr this morning.

Airplanes

That was sometime yesterday. Not sure when. Those planes were filled with people heading to family for Thanksgiving.

Fortunately the Gotham Gal's family decided to fly to NYC this year so we are not on planes, trains, and automobiles this weekend. But we will be with family and have been all week. It's a great thing and one of the many reasons why Thanksgiving is a great holiday.

Have a great one with your family today.