Last Mile Thinkers

Posted on May 2, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I have a lot of 80% finished ideas. At any given time maybe i have 10 or so, floating around in my brain. When I stall out on an idea, rather than let it die or evaporate, I like to lob it over the fence into other people’s yards to see what comes back. Often, what comes back is a set of blank stares or even dismissal, but occasionally what comes back is the last 20%. I start tons of conversations with “want to hear an unfinished idea?” There are certain, albeit few, people in the world who are open and receptive to incomplete thinking. Not in a brainstormy “let’s get to the answer together” kind of way… rather in a “drop me in the right zipcode and I’ll navigate the last mile” kind of way. I deeply value the ear of last mile thinkers. They tend to be forgiving of blemishes and opportunistic around kernels of truth. I had a brief conversation today where my 80% idea was met with inaction…where I wanted the recipient to just take the beginning and see it through to the end…and he just couldn’t…and it made me stop for a minute and really appreciate the last mile thinkers I’ve worked with in my life…it’s a rare chemistry when you find people who can finish your thoughts.

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    I’m a NYC based investor and entrepreneur. I think there is one metric that can be used to measure the value of a human life and that’s impact. How did you change things? How many people did you touch? How different is the world because you lived in it and how positive was the change that you affected? (p.s. i don’t use spell check…deal with it) You can email me at


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