I am surprised by how not-adopted the video reply has been. What keeps other people from doing it, I think, is that they think a video comes across as ’I’m cool, look at how many e-mails I get.’ That perception doesn’t scare me, because I know who I am.


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Okay, let’s talk about cartoon labels for half a second - some people think anything with a dog or a car or a colorful alien is garbage, which is not true. Look at Big Moose Red. It’s, like, a $6 wine with a cheesy label, and it’s actually a solid wine.


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I’m a big fan of Mashable and TechCrunch and other outlets like that, but TechMeme obviously does an amazing job of aggregating.


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IQ is a commodity, data is a commodity. I’m far more interested in watching people interact at a restaurant with their smartphone. We can all read ’Tech Crunch,’ ’Ad Age.’ I would rather be living in the trenches. I would rather be going to Whole Foods in Columbus Circle to watch people shop with their smartphones.


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From age 16, I lived and breathed wine. I read every magazine and book about wine.


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People who build family businesses are not classically trained. They have to deal with an enormous amount of politics. You think corporate politics are tough? Go work for your dad or your mom.


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My dad is like a cactus - introverted and tough. I’m a people person, like my mom, but I got my competitiveness from my dad. He came to this country from Belarus with nothing and built a real business. He’s my hero for giving me that need to run a business and for having enormous confidence in me.


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Brands mature over time, like a marriage. The bond you feel with your spouse is different than when you first met each other. Excitement and discovery are replaced by comfort and depth.


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People are more comfortable learning about wine because now they can just Google, you know, ’Soave,’ and say, ’Oh, O.K., cool.’


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Even though I’m a hype man myself, I like the practicality of it all. People who understand how to turn a profit. At the end of the day, this is still business so I’m looking for real practical knowledge of how to actually make money, not necessarily raise it.


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I’m not afraid to call a wine that tastes like Skittles or green peppers mixed with orange marmalade. I’ll say, ’It tastes like chicken.’ I mean, that’s not what people think of when they think of wine, but that’s what it tastes like to me and it hits home.


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People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you’re going to lose. You’re just going to. Even if you get the money, you’re not going to be happy.


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