Paul Graham recently wrote an excellent essay on independent thinking. A topic I’ve thought a lot about is the key differences between early stage entrepreneurs vs. successful big company managers. They require distinctively different skill sets, the most stark of which is the importance of independent thinking. Having spent 5…

Working from home is great but it has become very clear that there are no boundaries between home and work. As I adjusted to what would become the 2020 routine, I was privileged to manage my work schedule so that I could play with my kids intermittently throughout the day…

D20 Capital leads StructionSite’s $7M Series A financing

The good old days of paper maps and arguing over route selection (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are many aspects of life for which we wonder how we used to get by before technology completely changed the way we do things. Paper maps are a prime example. Even in college, I was driving with a paper map in…

Blacksburg, VA: 44,678

Seoul, Korea: 9,733,509

Urbana-Champaign, IL: 231,891

Seoul, Korea: 9,733,509

New York, NY: 8,398,748

San Francisco, CA: 881,549

San Mateo, CA: 105,025

These are the cities I have lived in, in chronological order, and their respective populations. I grew up in the small college town of Blacksburg in…

John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’

It’s a difficult time to be optimistic. There is a lot of suffering, fear, and despair that is prevalent in the world due to the common enemy that is an invisible virus. For the talking heads, twitter pundits, and even the serious strategists, it’s much easier to riff on scary…

In the world of technology, everything moves at an unbelievable pace. 10 years ago, I speculated that ‘in the future’ we might be watching HD video on our phone while browsing the internet, all on our mobile device…and that we might have mobile devices where one screen unfolds into two…

Beeswax pitch deck slide 1

The typical VC reaction to an ‘ad tech’ deal these days is “sorry, we don’t invest in ad tech.” I almost had the same reaction when I came across Beeswax. But as we dug deeper into the team, company, and industry we learned something: this wasn’t just another adtech company…

Sungjoon Cho

VC Investor at D20 Capital. Formerly at Amasia, Formation 8, McKinsey, Samsung, Columbia Business School, Seoul National University, University of Illinois

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