Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. – John F. Kennedy

TheDOT is written by Nate Laurell and edited by Kris McCoy.

Nate is the founder of NewFrontier Holdings, a general partner in R^2 (a full-service real estate firm), and general partner in GreatPoint Ventures (a venture capital fund). He has been an entrepreneur since forming TECHnacity (a company that built software prototypes) while in college.

Nate holds a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been recognized by the Council on Global Affairs as an emerging leader and by Crain’s 40 Under 40. He is a partner and member of the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a patient-capital fund based in New York.

Nate lives in Chicago and San Francisco (weather depending) with his wife, Kris, and their two nutty rescue dogs (Sinna and Logan). You can contact him at or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.