Eater and the last decade of food
My first investment, in 2007, was in Curbed Media. I was watching this platform grow daily and I knew Lockhart Steele was raising capital. We lunched, I committed. I jumped in as a first-time investor and from that experience, I figured out how to be an angel investor. I also learned how long it takes to build a business and how much capital it takes to get the size that Curbed Media is now. Curbed Media merged with by Vox in 2013.
Curbed Media merged with Vox in 2013. I look at the Eater video above and it just makes me smile. We had conversations around video and definitely around becoming a global brand many years ago. Now all of that exists.
I took this ride over the past decade as an investor. I have watched the original group at Curbed grow in different directions. Ten years is a long time to watch a group of people’s career and personal life grow from marriages to children to grandchildren. I am and have always been impressed with the original group at Curbed and that includes the board. They have gone onto be influences in my life and people I still spend time with. That is special.
There are times when I see the trenches they are all in vs being an investor. Although I felt part of their journey, it is way different being an investor than being the one who is full on in it 24/7. In a different time, I would have relished being in those trenches. I am in a different trench and there are just some days I pine for being in the building of the one thing trench particularly the food industry although Curbed was much much more.