Happy New Year 2016!

Laila at the Bridge

One of my best friends from growing up, Elissa Mirzaei, is creating this documentary with her husband Gulistan called Laila at the Bridge.  Watch this AMAZING trailer below and please help them complete this film project telling the story of a woman in Afghanistan, Laila Haidari, who owns a restaurant where all of the staff are addicts. In the face of opposition from the Afghan government and without any funding, Laila finances her shelters through her own restaurant, the only one of its kind in the country where recovered addicts are employed as waiters.

Laila at the Bridge campaign from Gulistan Mirzaei on Vimeo.

What is Techstars? ☆

Here’s a new video on What is Techstars?
Techstars is a global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses.  This video is a compilation of footage I’ve shot over several years, a few cities,  New York City, Austin, Boulder, Portland… and a bunch of exciting companies like Occipital, DigitalOcean, Nestio, Simple Energy, Enertiv and more!  Learn more about Techstars here.

Thank you to Siren Video and Sphero for their shots!

3 years at Techstars!

As of today, I’ve been working at Techstars for three years!  It’s been a wonderful opportunity, being surrounded by so many smart, funny, kind people from employees to founders, mentors, a ton of people!  Yes, it can be intimidating.

It all started back in 2008 when I made a short video, StartUP, on Techstars for Current TV.  The next summer David Cohen asked me to come back and make this documentary web series on Techstars, The Founders (there are 3 seasons).  Then three years ago today, I started making videos full-time at Techstars!

Techstars is truly an amazing company, founded for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.  Techstars exists to empower the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing them with a global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners wherever they choose to build their business.

Check out the schedule and apply to Techstars!  Watch videos on Techstars companies, founders and more here.

Trailer on Where Are They Now? – a series on Techstars companies and their growth

How Techstars Works

The Founders – Season 2 Trailer
This video brings back some good & exhausting memories.  I love what Brad Feld says “The most important thing for anyone on this planet is to spend time working on things they think give them meaning”.
Here’s a behind the scenes.

Say What You Wanna Say

Here’s a Saturday Night Live skit that just made me laugh.  I love it, especially at 1:20 with splitting the bill.  How often do we wish we could just say what we’re really thinking?  Sometimes it would actually be more efficient and beneficial but most of the time impolite and not worth it.  Imagine spending one day where every response you gave had no filter.  Of course you would have to take what other people say to you too:) It makes me want to laugh just thinking about it.