I’m writing again. Shhh don’t tell anyone…

Inertia is a powerful thing. You think you’re just taking a little break from writing and then 7 years go by. But, I’m giving it another whirl. In general, I’ll be writing about entrepreneurship and the ideas or tips that I’ve found useful along the way. And, while I’m no longer an active entrepreneur, my companies sometimes refer to me as the “reluctant VC” because I still think of myself as founder first and foremost.

As I was moving over my old posts from “Bnoopy” to this new blog, I realized just how dated some of my old posts felt (yes, they are 7 years old at this point). They are definitely from a certain time and a different startup environment. And while I thought about not including them, I couldn’t bring myself to eliminate stories like meeting Bill Gates at a urinal or how I learned firsthand that persistence is the #1 skill in entrepreneurship.

So, here goes. Bear with me as the rust comes off.


  1. Joseph Smarr says:

    Welcome back! We missed you, but we never gave up hope that someday you’d return (to writing).

  2. Павел (Pavel) says:

    Здравствуйте, уважаемый Google.
    Я спешу Вам рассказать о том, что мы с товарищем собираемся в небольшое путешествие. Данное путешествие будет проходить по России, а еще точнее, по республике Башкортостан. Мы полтора года собирались и вот, наконец решились проплыть на байдарке по реке Белая (Агидель) от города Белорецк до города Уфа за две недели. Маршрут по реке составляет чуть больше 800 километров и на это все у нас отведено 2 недели.
    Зная, что Google запустил проект Панорама в программе GoogleEarth, хотим Вам предложить сделать панораму всего нашего маршрута. Нам будет приятно сотрудничать с google, а google будет приятно, когда в их проекте будут появляться новые неизведанные места;-)
    С Уважением, Наливкин Павел

    P.S.: Пишу Вас сюда, потому что не нашел конкретного адреса, на который можно обратиться по данному вопросу.

  3. while a friend of mine was reading ‘the snowball’ (biography of warren buffet) he realised that warren himself didn’t read any book. moral: when you are doing something more important, something you love, you forget priority 2 stuff. so am sure that past 7 years you were doing something better than writing than blogs 🙂
    i would be all ears for the wisdom that you’ll share with us. thanks.

  4. Luca says:

    Hello there,
    I don’t understand yet how I can contact someone in Google Ventures to submit my business proposal.
    Can you help me?
    Thanks a lot

  5. Ganesh says:


  6. ivan ion ovidiu says:

    hello! I have a great ideea for a program for Android and for Google. I am sure that this is a great project but i don’t know with who I must to negociate. I don’t have the knowledge tot make this and this is the reason that I contact you. it is a project wich can bring hundreds of milions of $ if you use all of my details. I hope you will contact me soon as possible.

  7. Kamal Haria says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I have designed a software for the financial industry that is currently unavailable in the market. The software helps all investors to make sense of their finances in an objective and transparent way. This will be extremely useful for Financial and Tax advisers and can be expanded globally.

    I want Google to help develop the product further and be available to various developed markets.

    I am also working on another model (unrelated to the above) that I feel will be equally useful for Investment Managers.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  8. Ben Booher says:

    How does one submit a proposal to Google Ventures?

  9. lois says:

    Re: Seeking Investments/Venture Capital/IProp transfer/Partner

    Future Offices: UK/US/India

    Investment Title:
    An excellent ROI min 3:1 (17products-cleantech-greentech-energy,plus,etc projects)

  10. GZ says:

    Dear Sir,
    I would appreciate deeply your suggesting me who we should contact to in Google Ventures to submit our technology (new devices for mobile internet and smartphones).
    Thank you in advance,
    Best regards,

  11. We have an alternative energy technology that we would like to submit to Google for potential investment capital. Can you direct me to whom I send our business plan too?

  12. Hayri Bulman says:


    How can I contact Google Ventures?
    I would like to send our Executive Summary.

    Thank you

    H Bulman
    Zurich, Switzerland

  13. Phil Penston says:

    Hello Joe,

    I would like to send you an overview of the WBL, professional team boxing. I am a senior level business consultant with 30 years of experience at KPMG and Grant Thornton and have consulted for fortune 500 companies all over the world. I also have promooted 11 World Title fights around the world. The WBL is the NFL of Boxing. Hope to get a response so I can send the materials. I has a HUGE technology and gaming component.

    Phil Penston

  14. Phil Penston says:

    Hello Joe,

    I would like to submit to you an overview of the WBL, professional team boxing. I am a senior level consultant with 30 years experience at KPMG and Grant Thornton all over the world. I also have promoted 11 world title fights in the world. The WBL has a huge technology and gaming component, it is the NFL of Boxing.


    Phil Penston

  15. Gideon S. Dapaah says:

    I see its so difficult to get in touch with google ventures…. I have a business proposal fully tailored to enhance google services… How do I get my ideas across ?

  16. Kid2Adult says:

    We launched beta version of app to track monitor and benchmark child growth from infancy to adult all at one place.

    Please look at kid2adult.com, I am looking for a opportunity to get this infront of google ventures, any help is highly appreciated.

  17. Matt Tatem says:

    I have a great start up idea and a full business plan now written. I have waited years to be able to finally put all the pieces of this revolutionary new product together. Hopefully I can get it into the hands of the right people who have the foresight like myself to bring this awesome new technology to light.

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  19. khan says:

    here is a startup

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