Posted on January 9, 2012 by

Tablets for Fourth Graders.

Here’s an idea for a new venture as described in less than 250 words… Fourth grade math in 1992.  I remember my teacher introducing a new topic, writing a question on the board, explaining the answer, and then handing every student the same worksheet of practice questions.  A linear curriculum for a classroom of students Read More

Posted on June 21, 2011 by

Personal Board of Directors.

I was recently asked to join the board of directors…of my friend Sammy.  He calls it his Personal Board of Directors (PBOD) and I am responsible for career guidance.  I love the recruiting space and if I can be helpful to my friends re: resumes, interviews, and introductions, I will.  It is not your standard Read More

Posted on May 10, 2011 by

Get Social. It’s Important.

First Round Capital Associate Position

My friends and family often ask why Twitter and LinkedIn are important.  Admittedly, as I reactively joined Twitter and LinkedIn after I started Dashfire, I am still learning the ropes.  That said, I am convinced it is crucial to be proactive on both and I wrote the below post to respond to their questions.  Let me Read More

Posted on May 5, 2011 by

You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader.

I sat on a panel yesterday at Kellogg that discussed leadership.  The MBAs in the audience were participating in a week long leadership program, and as panelists we were asked to speak about out “finding our leadership voices.”  The moderator had sent us the questions in advance, and Nick and I had a great conversation Read More

Posted on April 28, 2011 by

The More Time You Spend…

Disaster Relief Program Impact

A common problem for start-ups is balancing a timely product launch with creating the perfect product.  Personally, product-storming with our start-up partners is my favorite part of  Dashfire (excluding a company selling for millions of dollars, of course).  But, while the conversations can be enjoyable, the ideating can quickly become interminable and detrimental.  Our mutual Read More

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

Meet ProFounder.


BucketFeet, a Dashfire partner company, raised money for their business through an innovative platform called ProFounder.  ProFounder allows entrepeneurs to access capital from a broad community without much of the standard legal hassles associated with fundraising.  In their words: “We want to see a world in which all people are empowered to pursue their dreams Read More

Posted on February 1, 2011 by


dashfire rick desai

We’ve rebranded FarShore Ventures to “Dashfire”! I suppose it is trendy to combine a couple of high-powered words as your web/tech company name and then retroactively apply a definition.  But Dashfire was the name of FarShore’s internal development server for a few years and our partners have always responded well to the name, so we Read More