Kevin Stevens

CBI Insights Innovation Summit Day 1 Recap

Jonathan and I are at the CBI Insights Innovation Summit in Santa Barbara this week. Below are a few quick takeaways from yesterday's panels and discussions.  Enjoy. As can be expected, voice and text will be the biggest winners at the intersection of UI and...

Kevin Stevens

Non-Tech Firms Changing Startup Business Models

A few days ago Hunter Walk (quickly becoming one of my favorite VC blogs to read) posted a blog on the new reality that is non-tech firms being more frequent acquirers of startups than tech companies. Yesterday, CB Insights did the same putting the spotlight on several...

Kevin Stevens

The Apps I’ll Be Using More Of in 2017

A few days ago I read M.G. Siegler's Medium post on his 2016 Homescreen which provoked me to think about the apps I use on a daily basis.  Siegler does a really great job explaining not only how his workflows have changed but how the changes...

Kevin Stevens

Culture and Success, A Chicken and Egg Problem

This past week, our CRO John Tough provoked a conversation over email about our success at Choose Energy and he’d noted a change in our culture over the last few months. Culture is something which had always been top of mind for us, but lately something...

Kevin Stevens

America the Beautiful

This year, I've attended two weddings and both were of mixed religion. First, I was lucky enough to attend a wedding between a Jewish bride and one of my best friends. Their ceremony incorporated both traditions and combined two families of different religious backgrounds into...

Kevin Stevens

Saving Time with the Smart Home

Recently on the "This Week in Startups" podcast Silicon Valley investor and CEO of Vayner Media, Gary Vaynerchuk was the featured guest and one of his insights added a unique dimension to the way I think about product development.  Gary asserted that all great products are...