I was in Denver not too long ago when I walked past a herculean sized billboard in front of a mom & pop that screamed “Amazon… Shmamazon. Buy Local.” It got me thinking: as Amazon crosses $650B in market cap and is entering virtually every product and service category, including…

Kanye West & Ben Horowitz

I’m writing this post as I’m traveling between LA and San Diego just as the train kisses the Pacific Ocean around the OC. I’ve made this journey at least 30 times in the past 4 years, and it still never gets old. Plus or minus a few delays and the…

Lessons I learned in working in VC and running a startup

I came across this old business joke on LinkedIn the other day, it went something like this:

“CFO asks CEO, ‘What happens if we invest in our people and they leave”, the CEO responds, ‘What happens if we don’t…

Perspectives behind LAs industry leading CEOs

2 years ago I was driving down to San Diego with Nithin, my older cousin. Nithin is an interesting character. He is obsessed with Android, has the latest Pixel, and has Google themed pillow toys and coffee mugs (even though he hates coffee). Why am I telling you all this…

5 reasons you need it, 5 ways to get it. In startups and life this is everything

A common question interviewers like asking candidates is, “What fictional character do you want to be and why?” To me, the answer has always been the same: James Bond, and his unflinching loyalty.

Take a second to read the image below, headlined on Snap’s website.

I don’t believe it at all.

Snap Inc. is not a camera company, it’s the worlds largest augmented reality company in disguise.


I was in high school when Snapchat was first released. The app had a shiny…

Image: Lonely Planet

2 years ago I walked into a smoke filled apartment in downtown LA. As I peeked across the kitchen I saw an unfamiliar person lying face-down, expressionless, on a couch, with a cigarette dangling between her fingers. …

Kanye West & Ben Horowitz

When I was 15 years old my father asked me if I wanted to join an entrepreneur program for high school students in San Diego, my hometown. At the time, all I had on my mind was tennis, the prom, and my algebra grade. Spending 4 hours every Sunday morning…

Nihar Neelakanti

Currently @kauffmanfellows previously @correlationvc and @USC Trojan. At the intersection of startups, culture, and art.

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