Showing posts from January, 2020

Patents and Ideas

I have my name on a very large number of patents across multiple nations. I have built from scratch projects, products, teams, and services. So naturally, often I get texts like: Hey Mario... "Hey, I have a startup idea that I want run through you" or "How do I patent something in the cheapest way possible" and more rarely "I am looking for an investor in my idea. Want to hear about it?" Let's start with the last one. I am an angel investor in a few ventures. Usually, I invest between 25K to 100K. It largely depends on how crowded the space is and the risk level based on what has already been done. Typically on 100 "things" I hear about, 10 finally go through informal due diligence, and 1 or 2 ends up in a formal due diligence process. And the survival rate of those 1 or 2 depends on what is discovered that the founders didn't know. In those things, it is paramount the most key quote of every startup-er: you don't know what you do

Biking with joy | Lessons learned

Just a bit over two years ago, as of this writing, I started an activity that has become my passion. Mountain Biking. I learned a few things over this period of time that I want to share away for the next newbie around the root/rock/bush/drop emm... corner. My first bike was a K2 Sport XS. Although it was in nice shape it was clearly 3 times smaller than my 5.7' body requires. I was also 219 pounds so I guess it balanced out the fact that I could barely get from point A to B regardless of the bike's frame. My second bike was a HUGE improvement over the the first. A  SuperFly 100/AL Elite  bought as lightly used by a local teacher. It served as a wonderful intro to understand a lot better what works and what doesn't for me and the trails that I usually ride.   My current bike is a fantastic BMC Speedfox 02 2018 size M with 27.5 wheels size ( specs ). At this point I am far enough in the game of biking to have a few certainties at least for people for the equiv

Breaking down things

A friend (Suveen) asked how do you do that? Break something complicated in meaningful, non tedious and smaller tidbits of knowledge. Well... It's not an exact science my friend, but here's my framework. I shared this on FB since that is where he asked the question. Reposting here for future questions of the same nature. And that is how I do it. But at the end whatever works based on what mess you are dealing with works. It's not science, it is just wisdom and a ton of experience burning your own skin in the game of life. ;mE