Why I’m joining Pragli.com as Founding Head of Product

Work will never be the same. We are midway through a dramatic shift from office-first to a flexible and remote-first future. But while we’ve enjoyed some of the work-from-home benefits like increased productivity and flexibility, some key problems have emerged: teams suffer from burnout and loneliness, and they are missing serendipitous collaboration.

I’ve spent years in the future of work — from angel investing in Linear.app and n8n.io and supporting our future of work efforts at Obvious Ventures, to being a former product manager at Dropbox and Uber (where I built productivity tools for engineers). …


Five questions for entrepreneurs to consider before diving in.

For the past five years I’ve been a product manager at FiscalNote, Uber, and Dropbox. In that short time, I witnessed a dramatic transition in productivity tools that our teams used. Tools like Slack, Figma, Zoom, Notion, and Superhuman helped us to communicate, collaborate, and get more done, more quickly. When we couldn’t find the right tool, we built it ourselves.

It is clear that many of these tools share a common origin, popularized through a similar playbook. Most were beta tested and launched within tech companies, many of which share similar problems and use one another’s products. …


Obvious.com

The next big ideas will come from founders with a deep, profound sense of purpose. Whether improving the way people live, driving forward societal good, or changing our earth for the better, the next wave of human advancements will arrive as a consequence of solving hard problems — often times solving ones we don’t know about yet.

These things are easier said than done. It took us several millennia to discover fire, master agriculture, harness electricity, and digitize the world. It took decades to chart the entire globe and take us to space, let alone bring us to the brink…


Analyzing the Enterprise past, the now, & the future.

Over the past decade, enterprise companies have assumed the mantle of the up-and-comers from their consumer-facing brethren. The term “enterprise” covers a wide variety of sectors from cloud and infrastructure products to SAAS (Software-as-a-service) and PAAS (Platform-as-a-service). Companies now need customer relationship management, data science and business intelligence, cloud storage and security options to keep their businesses running.


How we should visualize this and the next decade

I had the chance a few weeks ago (before the WhatsApp $19B craze) to discuss with the Sequoia Capital Scout folks on emerging market trends and what investors should have their eyes peeled out for now and within the next decade. Investors are discovering new, promising markets, many of which are threatening the existence of old, traditional business practices subject to said technological disruptions (Aileen Lee, Partner at KPCB & Founder of Cowboy Ventures, calls this “Life 2.0”). …


An add-on to Aileen Lee’s lionized Billion Dollar TC list

A few months ago, Aileen from KPCB & the Cowboy Ventures team spearheaded a research initiative: “The Unicorn Club” project for TechCrunch on analyzing billion dollar companies within the past decade ‘03-‘13, in what some refer to as the vintage years of web/mobile consumerism & tech innovation.

On this hackpad, people in the online community decided to list other companies they believe should be (or are close to being) admitted into the unicorn club, that were founded sometime within the last decade. I decided to do a high-level analysis compilation of 92 companies (internationals included) listed on…


Because I speak better with pictures.

Chicago, Illinois @Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

Daniel C. Liem

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