Let's start this article with one fact: I do think venture capital has value. I think angel investor dollars have value and can do a lot. But as someone who has now looked at thousands, if not tens of thousands of deals in his career, it's very clear to me that it is becoming the default for young entrepreneurs.
There are very few people that amaze me by their unique brilliance and charm, but Chris Beauchamp of Monster Media is one of them. Having worked with a variety of brands from Target to JetBlue, Chris is one of the creative geniuses behind a company that has grown into an unstoppable force in the retail digital marketing space.
When it comes to the latest marketing trends or figuring out which designer decided flared pants should make a come back, Google always delivers. When it comes to solving my most frustrating career challenges, not so much. This is why I decided to take a more "old school" approach -- I asked a real life person, whose career and personal choices I admire and value for their advice.
Nirav Tolia, the CEO of neighborhood social networking site Nextdoor, has always been passionate about community. In fact, he said he has always sought it offline and online, believing that that it is always more powerful to be part of a group: "We can all achieve greater things as part of a collective," he said.