Coming Back Up For Air
The last time I posted was May 23rd, three weeks ago.
There was a time when I wrote every day. When I had not yet posted on any day, I felt like something was missing, like I had not yet had my cup of coffee.
Clearly, I have moved on from that need to write every day.
I don’t think I have ever gone three weeks without posting in the almost twenty years I’ve been writing this blog. The 20th anniversary of AVC will be on September 23rd of this year.
So why did I go three weeks without posting?
First and foremost, I did not feel like writing.
There are reasons for that.
The last week of May was completely nuts with a ton of stuff coming at me, some planned like a move out of our family office, some expected like a family medical situation, and some completely unexpected. That week was nuts.
And then on the evening of May 31st, the Gotham Gal and I got on an overnight flight to Paris and took a long-planned two-week vacation in a city we’ve been going to for decades to rest, relax, reconnect, and enjoy Paris and each other.
I’ve always tended to write on vacation but on this vacation, I read.
I may write about what I read this vacation. Or maybe I won’t. But it was not about business, tech, or anything that I tend to write about here. I wanted to get out of that zone and take on some new territory. And I am glad I did.
I worked a bit on vacation. I always do. The VC business is about supporting people, teams, and companies. You can’t really take a vacation from that.
But you can cut back a lot on that and I did.
I also slept a lot. In Eruope, if you try to stay on NYC time, you can go to bed late at night and get up when it is almost noon. There is something decadent about that. Like going back to high school and college when there wasn’t always something waiting for you when you woke up. I also took a lot of naps.
We also walked a lot, rode bikes around town, and spent time wandering around a city we know well and love to explore.
It was a great break, one I needed, and I am mostly happy to be heading home. I am writing this on the flight back.
I don’t know if I will jump right back into writing once or twice a week but I hope so.
I like writing. It brings things out of me that I did not know I had. I don’t know any other way to get those things out of my brain and out into the open.
So hopefully you will see some new stuff from me next week. What it will be I have no clue. But I have never planned out my writing. I like to let it flow out of me in the moment.
In closing, I’d like to address this tweet from Liad, a longtime AVC reader:
I understand that a daily dose of anything is a great thing. I love my daily flat white (cortado in the summer).
But these are not dark times we are in. And I am not writing less because of a lack of excitement for the times we are in.
The combination of computer science advances in machine learning, decentralized systems (blockchains), and new forms of interacting with compute (chat interfaces, heads up displays, voice, etc) presents the most potent cocktail of innovation I have ever seen. We are also seeing amazing scientific advances in areas like renewable/clean energy, health and wellness (biotech), robotics, and many other areas.
These are bright times. As bright as they come.
I will try to write more often and shine a bright light on these things.