Back in 2014, I found myself in Barcelona to watch the FIBA World Championships. I woke up one morning, realized where I was, and figured that I should probably see if Barca was playing any matches while I was there, since it would be an opportunity to watch Messi play — a religious experience in its own right. I went on to the FC Barcelona website, and as luck would have it, Barca was playing that afternoon. I clicked over to their ticketing section, and for face value, on the day of the match, I was able to purchase a…

Once a decade or so, I try to look back on the things I’ve learned over the course of my life and document them so that I can come back to see how things may have changed as time passes. Some things are obviously deeply personal to me, and others I feel might resonate with everyone. There are no particular themes to these lessons, simply things that I’ve observed across all facets of life.

  1. There’s almost nothing in this world that beats the feeling of a hot shower.
  2. Music can heal everything from a broken heart to insomnia. …

As one of very few Venture Capital firms entirely led by minorities, it is our duty at Courtside Ventures to speak up

It’s important for me to start this off by saying that as an Indian, my experiences with racism and every day life in America are not the experiences of black Americans. Those two things honestly do not even deserve to be in the same conversation, nor should they ever be compared. I do not know what it is like to walk in the shoes of a black man in America on a daily basis, but I do know that all of us need to step up and do our part to use this generational moment to break down this oppressive…

I’m having the same conversation 5 times a day right now with portfolio companies, new companies, reporters, and friends. Everyone wants to know what we’re seeing and how to approach fund raising given the Coronavirus situation is now coupled with a recession. My answer quite simply is this — there is no one size fits all bucket to put companies into right now. It’s not like the world is ending and nobody is going to deploy capital ever again. Smart investors know that tough times are when the best deals are found, and most smart investors are flush with cash…

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the world changed, but with San Francisco and NYC essentially under indefinite lockdown, you can be rest assured that we will be talking about the world as pre and post Coronavirus, the same way we talk about the dot com crash and the financial crisis of 2008. While certainly not nearly as fatal as 2000 to the startup ecosystem, the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 is going to pose a whole new set of challenges for companies and investors to have to think about.

The differences though stark, all have the same outcome — 2000…

Life comes at you fast, huh? A week ago everyone was laughing at Covid-19 memes. Today we *are* the memes. A week ago companies were negotiating contracts with ad agencies, making hiring plans, and ordering components from manufacturers. Today, most companies are trying to figure out whether or not they are going to make it through 2020, and people are trying to figure out if they are going to be employed a week from now. A week ago venture funds were scheduling partner meetings for companies to come in and pitch. Today, partners are trying to figure out how to…

I’ve been shocked and saddened by the number of student suicide storiesI’ve read in the news over the past few years, almost all from big name schools like Penn and Cornell. As of last night, we now have 11 suicides at Penn alone, in the past 3 years. I simply could not fathom how a young person with every opportunity in the world, a soon to be Ivy League graduate, could just end their life. …

How late NBA Commissioner David Stern shaped the life of a basketball-loving VC

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“As my mother would say: You’re going to pay your bills with this?”

This was one of the last things David Stern ever said to me when I was in his office pitching him a new business idea a few months ago. It seems unfathomable that I will no longer be able to text him about the latest NBA news and get a sarcastic response a minute later.

I first met David Stern in 2013 when I snuck into the NBA Tech Summit at the All-Star Weekend in Houston. He was in the buffet line ahead of me, talking to…

Kobe,
Wow. What a way to go out. I feel so stupid thinking that it would end any other way. I picked the Warriors' 73rd game over your finale, and I’ll always be sick to my stomach about that decision. I should have known you would go out on top. Your way. In style. Dropping the mic on your way out.

The love hate relationship I had with you over the years is only comparable to the most volatile affairs I have had with some girls through college. It was definitely more love than hate though. The love was geniune…

I’ve been shocked and saddened by the number of student suicide stories I’ve read in the news over the past few years, almost all from big name schools like Penn and Cornell. As of last night, we now have 11 suicides at Penn alone, in the past 3 years. I simply could not fathom how a young person with every opportunity in the world, a soon to be Ivy League graduate, could just end their life. …

Vasu Kulkarni

Managing Partner @ Courtside VC | Previously Founder @ Krossover | Love the game of Basketball more than life itself | vasukulkarni.com | @vasu

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