by Zak Kukoff

One man party round. Managing Partner at Dorm Room Fund. Learning at NYU. Previously founded a Techstars company and worked at Stripes Group and the NewSchools Venture Fund’s Reach Fund

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Blog Update

I’ll be studying abroad in Berlin for this spring. If you’re interested in checking out what I’m up to there, or in following what I write in the future, you can follow me on Medium here. I might choose to come back here in the future, but for now the best place to see what I write will be Medium:

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Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs

David Litwak wrote an interesting article arguing that Google is our generation’s version of Bell Labs. For those who don’t know, here’s David’s description of Bell Labs:

Bell Labs was the research division of AT&T and Western Electric Research Laboratories, originally formed in 1925 to work on telephone exchange switches. However, over the next 50 years or so, their research won 7 Nobel Prizes, for things very loosely connected to telephone switches, if at all. Among their inventions are the transistor, the laser, UNIX, radio astronomy and the C and C++ programming languages.
Under various ownership structures and names, Bell Labs spit out truly groundbreaking inventions for 50+ years. They still enjoy a measure of success, but by most opinions their best days are behind them, and many of their ~20 locations have been shuttered.

I won’t argue with much of the article, because I think

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Run Towards Hard

It’s 5:30 am, and the alarm on my phone won’t stop ringing. I’m in Washington DC, and my freezing cold surroundings are a far cry from the beautiful weather I’m accustomed to from living outside LA. I pull the blackout shades open, expecting the pitch black room to light up. Instead, it somehow makes it worse.

I meet up with a few friends and stumble outside of the hotel, desperately squinting at Google Maps on my phone. I have an awful sense of direction (not joking — I’ve gotten lost inside supermarkets), and the trek from my hotel to the hotel the morning jog will be leaving from seems unmanageable. To make matters worse, my friends are following me, and this early it seems every street in DC is more or less the same. After a few minutes of confusion, I finally orient myself and arrive at the hotel of departure.

Why did I feel the need to go jogging at 6am? I’m not at all athletic

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