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The DC Region Again Proves its Entreprenuerial Agility

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.24.2016 | DC
Jonathan Aberman

Once again, the capital region is proving that it can pivot. My research team and I spent the past six months deep diving into all sorts of data on i...

We Need to Stop Burning Our Furniture to Keep Warm

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Aberman

Government investment in technology is caught up in the spider web of sequestration and budgetary posturing. It is essential that all of us communicate to our political leaders that we expect them to make intelligent decisions.

Crowd Equity Will Not Measure Up to the Hype

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jonathan Aberman

Allowing people who are not well off to invest up to $5,000 in the stock of a small privately held company is a big change -- it undermines 80+ years of securities laws based upon a simple principle.

The Future Is Messy and We Aren't Even Close to Ready

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Aberman

As I have read the various articles and blogs about Google Glass over the last few weeks, it has led me to marvel at how completely people are missing the point.

A VC's Opinion: Yes You Should Get an Education

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 07.08.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Aberman

Overall, my belief is that an education, of whatever type, provides value to the student if the student applies herself and develops the ability to stand on the shoulders of those that have come before.

Morality, Capitalism and Empathy

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Aberman

When you start to talk about issues of morality and empathy, the default tendency that most of us have these days, is to define the conversation in terms of politics and class. But, then the conversation often breaks down into name calling, shouting, and overall unpleasantness.

Raising Money Isn't Like Dating -- It's More Difficult!

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business
Jonathan Aberman

Before you look for capital, you need to be ready for rejection. A high percentage of rejection, and much higher than the rejection (hopefully) you have experienced at any other time of your life, including dating.