Brian Watson

I'm an analyst at Union Square Ventures.
I split my time between Brooklyn and the internet.
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Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! Celebrate with her little-known and lovely children’s verses about fear and courage, illustrated by Basquiat.

This is my favorite book of all-time.
In college, I discovered a love for Basquiat, and I went home over the summer and told my mom about it. She was surprised to hear that and brought out this book to remind me that I’ve always had a love for poetry and Basquiat.
I had forgotten about it.
As a little kid, this was my favorite book. My mother and I and used to read it together. Angelou has even said that she wrote it “for all children who whistle in the dark and who refuse to admit that they’re frightened out of their wits” In many ways, I was that kid. It taught me to be confident, be curious, and to just go for it.
When I graduated from college, she gave the book to me as a gift. I have it with me in Brooklyn, and it’s my favorite thing that I’ve ever owned.
Happy birthday, Maya.

explore-blog:

Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! Celebrate with her little-known and lovely children’s verses about fear and courage, illustrated by Basquiat.

This is my favorite book of all-time.

In college, I discovered a love for Basquiat, and I went home over the summer and told my mom about it. She was surprised to hear that and brought out this book to remind me that I’ve always had a love for poetry and Basquiat.

I had forgotten about it.

As a little kid, this was my favorite book. My mother and I and used to read it together. Angelou has even said that she wrote it “for all children who whistle in the dark and who refuse to admit that they’re frightened out of their wits” In many ways, I was that kid. It taught me to be confident, be curious, and to just go for it.

When I graduated from college, she gave the book to me as a gift. I have it with me in Brooklyn, and it’s my favorite thing that I’ve ever owned.

Happy birthday, Maya.

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/music
Made this the other day. It’s an auto-updating collection of my favorite music on SoundCloud. The #nowplaying section is a list of my Likes, and the #rotation section are a collection of songs that I played that month.
If you want the code, just ask. It’s pretty easy to make your own (especially on Tumblr). 
Check it out: http://brianwatson.me/music

/music

Made this the other day. It’s an auto-updating collection of my favorite music on SoundCloud. The #nowplaying section is a list of my Likes, and the #rotation section are a collection of songs that I played that month.

If you want the code, just ask. It’s pretty easy to make your own (especially on Tumblr). 

Check it out: http://brianwatson.me/music

The College Graduate

Getting into college with Kanye West’s Dropout

I wrote my Columbia admission essay on Kanye West’s The College Dropout. I found the original submission, and I thought I’d share it with the world.

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A Trip to Ikea | Brian Watson x VSCO Grid

Experimenting with a photo-journal from the weekend. For the full set, check it out here.

All pictures taken on a Nexus 5 with VSCOcam (Preset F2, to be exact).

Lightweight Likes

I don’t usually add to Fred’s posts, but I just want to reiterate how much I agree with this one.

We need more lightweight likes — in email, in SMS, in healthcare, in iTunes, and everywhere in between.

I need a lightweight like to acknowledge a friend of mine for sending an email that challenges the lack of diversity in technology without making her uncomfortable.

I need a lightweight like to give Isaiah Rashad props for making his Clivia Demo, especially the song “West Savannah.”

These are just a few examples, but let’s add more of these gestures everywhere — we could all use some positive reinforcement.

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