If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein

I just spent the last two days deep in the woods, a few hours north of Montreal, at Bitnorth - a small little get-together organized by a friend of mine, Alistair Croll.  On a cold rainy September day on a lake in remote Quebec, our group of about 40 people gave short presentations to each other on our favorite topics - ranging from demonstrating how to make cement, to kitchen knife design, to satellite mission optimization.

Halfway through Saturday, during a break when discussing the presentations over early afternoon beers, one of the other participants reminded me about this great quote from Albert Einstein.  No matter how complex the topic, this is absolutely true.  It applies to physics, philosophy, politics, and even a startup pitch contained within in a 60-second elevator ride.  It’s one of my favorite quotes of all time.

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I've spent the last 18 years driving up and down the length of Interstate 280, which starts in San Francisco and runs the length of Silicon Valley. Also known as the Junipero Serra Highway, the road offers an amazing juxtaposition of a modern, eight-lane superhighway with some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery on earth. Since I love to drive, I've spent a huge chunk of my life on 280 - visiting entrepreneurs, traveling to meet companies, talking on the phone, and heading to Old La Honda to climb the hills on my road bike. I love this highway and everything it represents - it's the secret connecting lifeblood of the Bay Area.


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