Welcome to The Unicorn Hedge
AUGUST 20, 2016
Yeah, There’s a Bubble… But it Ain’t in Tech Continue reading on 500 Hats
“Plays Well With Others”
JANUARY 23, 2016
Entrepreneurs are pretty f **g arrogant. Continue reading on Medium
Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure
DECEMBER 28, 2012
abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. yeah, it may be hard, but still easier than ever before.
Fear of Flying.
DECEMBER 29, 2012
Failure is hardly the worst thing that can happen to you in Silicon Valley. ” Exactly. for a quarter? every day for a year? Godspeed
Niche 2 Win, Baby.
JULY 15, 2012
Most startups think they have to be AWESOME to succeed. 1 of These Things != The Other. sounds inspirational, i know, but stick with me for a minute.).
Bubble, My Ass: Some Unicorns Might Be Overvalued, But All Dinosaurs Gonna Die.
APRIL 11, 2015
Summary: pundits argue billion-dollar startups are overvalued, but few realize why public company valuations might also be too expensive.
99 VC Problems But a Batch Ain’t 1
MAY 22, 2015
Why Portfolio Size Matters For Returns Continue reading on Medium
What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.
NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Recent articles by the WSJ , Fred Wilson , & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer. If true, this is a huge error … at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds. There is no better time than the present to build cheap & scalable software-based businesses that make money.
Niche to Win, Baby.
DECEMBER 20, 2015
Don’t Go Big or Go Home. Go Small at first, then Iterate, Dominate, & WIN. Continue reading on Medium
late bloomer, not a loser. (I hope)
JULY 7, 2012
most of the time I think of myself as a failure. when I’m optimistic, I think maybe I’m just a late bloomer. know a lot of folks won’t understand this perspective, but when I was growing up I was always the smartest kid around. it was expected that I would do great things, by my mom, by my teachers, and most importantly, by me.
late bloomer, not a loser.
OCTOBER 29, 2015
(this post was originally published on svbtle.com on July 7, 2012) Continue reading on Medium
Your SOLUTION is Not My PROBLEM - Master of 500 Hats
AUGUST 3, 2009
QUICK !!! i'm a VC. you're an entrepreneur. we're in an elevator, and you've got 30 seconds. yeah, i know in an earlier presentation i said "we're X
Fear of Flying.
AUGUST 28, 2015
Failure isn’t the worst thing to happen to you in Silicon Valley. Continue reading on Medium
Congrats SlideShare + LinkedIn -- Best Wishes Rashmi, Jon, & Amit :)
MAY 3, 2012
This is a very special post for me to write, to congratulate some good friends on a job well done.
MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.
JULY 30, 2010
My apologies. this is a long piece (~2500 words). Not for the faint of heart. If you want the short story, read the abstract below
Startup Metrics for Pirates: SeedCamp 2009 (Sept 2009, London.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Same old shit, just a different day (+ 1-2 new slides, not much tho): Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure
Brief Thoughts on Angel List, "Social Proof", "Spray & Pray", & The Network Effects of Large Scale Investing
FEBRUARY 27, 2011
(ok folks, i've gotta take the kids to basketball practice in a few hours, so will try to power through this -- that means limited crazy fonts, profanity, wild pix. sorry little monsters, next time ;). major points i plan to cover in this post: 1) Angel List Fucking Rocks. Period. and while social proof can be abused / misused, so can gasoline.
How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On.
MARCH 21, 2009
Subscriptions are the New BLACK. (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple.
FEBRUARY 1, 2010
I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours. but fuck it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go. note: extremely raw, uneven, long, 1st draft publish & shoot; will revise l8r
The Fail Factory
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
i look kinda scruffy in this Fast Company intvw , but it's mostly on target. Big Ideas, Hot Air Dave, Friends, Family Venture Capital & Startup Finance
This ain't Technology. it's MAGIC. (Word Lens by QuestVisual)
DECEMBER 17, 2010
words cannot express: wow. Big Ideas, Hot Air Geeks, Tech, Startups Marvelous Marketing
Startups to Customers: "I Wanna FIGHT Your Father." (Father = Incumbent Solution)
FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Passion is what being a startup entrepreneur is all about. ").
Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own.
JANUARY 10, 2010
Haven't really gotten on a rant in awhile. guess i've been doing a lot of travel lately, but now that i'm back in California for awhile, there's something i've been meaning to bring up that bothers me. It's kind of a dirty little
Great Entrepreneurs are PASSIONATE about Customers & Products, NOT.
JANUARY 28, 2009
yeah, that's a super long-ass headline, i know. probably plenty of other people have said something similar
Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010.
JANUARY 25, 2010
Latest & Greatest re-arranging of deck chairs on the Lean Startup Titanic: Startup Metrics for Pirates (SF, Jan 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure
AUGUST 28, 2011
i'm not doing much blogging at the moment, as you can probably tell from this site. apologies however i've been kinda busy getting 500 Startups off the ground the past year or two. besides, the commenting system here is crap & i've been overdue on a redesign for about 2-3 years. Dave, Friends, Family
The Faces, the *FACES*. it's *ALL* about the Motherf**king FACES.
MAY 31, 2009
DISCLAIMER: i've never really had any professional training in user interface design. and i'm sure that's obvious from my blog fonts & colors.
How to Take Down Facebook -- Hint: It Ain't Twitter. (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something "wrong" with Facebook, and it's not like I don't spend a shitload of time ego-whoring around on Twitter too. but: Something is Still Missing.
Why NOT to do a Startup -- becuz yer Gonna FAIL. (spend more time with your kids)
SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
slides from my new talk on NOT doing a startup, from Seattle Startup Day: Why NOT To Do a Startup. View more presentations from Dave McClure
Web 2.0 Product Management: Optimizing Metrics & Viral Growth (Dan.
MAY 2, 2008
Dan recently did a terrific presentation on Web 2.0.
Startup Metrics That Matter (FoWA London, Oct 2009) - Master of.
OCTOBER 20, 2009
Video from my Startup Metrics for Pirates / Kill a Feature talk @ FOWA London: Start-up Metrics that Matter by Dave McClure from Carsonified on Vimeo
Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (we.
OCTOBER 10, 2008
Okay folks. i am getting really fucking tired of all your negative shit. yeah, i know it's gonna be tough.
Hey, You. *Watch* This Shit. NOW.
NOVEMBER 23, 2010
Giddyup. INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.
life lessons, by jack handey. er, Dorsey. - Master of 500 Hats
OCTOBER 6, 2010
jack's life lessons Originally uploaded by iluvpeperothink i fail on #1, #5, #10. most of the others, i do ok.
Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly. and Yes, Mike, I Have.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
So i've been debating whether to write this post all day.
The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley story about Innovation, Incubation.
AUGUST 20, 2010
Here are slides from my talk at the GROW conference (Vancouver, August 2010) on changes in the venture capital industry. Story
Marketing, Metrics, & Meaning (4 Pirates, in LA @ BlueGlass.
JULY 19, 2010
slides from my talk on Marketing Metrics at BlueGlassLA: Marketing Metrics 4 Pirates (July 2010) View more presentations from Dave McClure
JULY 7, 2012
after a long blogging hiatus , i hope to get back to more regular writing. one thing different here: there won’t be as much of my former crazy red bold fonts, and I’m trying to ease off the profanity and ranting (altho there will probably still be a good bit of that). you can also find lots of my crazy presentations here. see you aroun
You've Seen This Shit B4. Move Along. - Master of 500 Hats
JULY 6, 2010
It's Classic. It's Timeless. It's Godawful Fucking Ugly (but colorful). And i swear and wave my arms a lot. Startup Metrics 4 Pirates
Resumes are for *Shit*. The 4 Things You Really Need: LinkedIn.
OCTOBER 6, 2008
Robert just penned a pretty good post on how to tune up your resume for the "economic slowdown".