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Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?” have this “How much should I raise?”

Why Acceptance of Failure is Critical to Startup Success

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I talk about failure a lot because I think it can be tremendously instructive and I think that success without failure often masks underlying lessons.

The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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In modern society we’re all over-worked and over-loaded with information and tasks and to-dos and obligations. That’s why focus is critical.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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When I publicly Tweeted that all companies should be gross margin positive many people pointed out that Amazon wasn’t profitable for many years.

Lead, Follow or Get the F**k Out of the Way

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Lead — It’s hard to be a real leader. Decisions are never black or white, so most people fudge. The straddle middle grounds to keep everybody happy.

Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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Thus begins Snapchat and why you don’t get it. That’s the point. So get over it. But now for the 101 … Main Areas of Snapchat. P.P.S.

Venture Outlook 2016

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There is a lot of uncertainty about the state of the private, high-growth technology markets and the venture capital markets that underpin them.

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

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Kobie joins us from Accel, a firm we deeply respect and have worked closely with over the past few years. Why Kobie? Kobie scored highly on all fronts.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles. blog here ). They enter the industry knowing that they know nothing. Right?

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. In our industry we applaud the efforts for entrepreneurs to have tried and we know that today’s failure can bring the experience for tomorrow’s success. Yet I can’t help thinking there are many predictable failures that come from a lack of basic planning. Market Size.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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…But LPs Have Been Putting Out More Money Than They Are Getting Back. That’s money that fuels our startup ecosystems. Sorry! Summary.

An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You

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$30 million. That’s how much Invoca raised and we’re announcing it today. But the story started more than 6 months ago. FOMO was NOMO.

MakeSpace Raises an Additional $17.5 million and Unveils Strategy to Make Public Storage the Next Blockbuster Video

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MakeSpace , the leading provider of next-generation storage for consumers, today announced an additional $17.5 Strategy. Public Storage does about $2.4

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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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Here is a brief history first to put the changes into context. Rise of Seed. To understand today’s trend it’s worth stepping back a decade or so.

The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

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I was watching my favorite show on TV this morning – GPS (Global Public Square) with Fareed Zakaria. It is a hugely compelling show because Zakaria covers world issues that will affect all of us in ways that are accessible and with frameworks for processing disparate information. But the conversation rang very true for me. Leadership

Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

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Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard. Opening is easier than closing. Step one: Be proactive. Start, sure.

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What Everyone Should Take Away from Twitter’s 8% Staff Reductions

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Today Twitter announced it had laid off around 336 jobs or 8% of its workforce. Nobody should celebrate, cheer or shout, “it’s about time.”

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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” Numero uno. I was nowhere to be found. And that’s a true reflection of just how successful and prolific Greg has been in LA. Earnestly.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

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you’re not following him?). The message of the panel was very clear – “We don’t need your help. And of course he’s right.

Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange. In 2011 I started using Instagram. love it. Stay young.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America. AOL and the like. Enter content.

So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days?

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There is much talk these days that startup valuations have decreased and may continue to do so and that the amount of time it takes to fund raise may take longer. But the hardest question to actually answer is, “What is the right burn rate for your company?” Who are Your Existing Investors? Wouldn’t you rather know where you stand?

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

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It was a nerve racking morning. My favorite Tweet of the morning came from Hunter Walk. And I said so publicly. That’s the thing. Neither do I.

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Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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love to watch networks evolve, see how crowds gather and communicate and curate and share. Twitter became ephemeral. The “half life” was very short.

Why I Don’t Celebrate Income Inequality

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What drives economic inequality in the US? Should we be concerned about the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many? I am not writing about this out of the blue – this seems to be the topic of the day in my social stream based on blogs written, retweets rendered and attaboys handed out. Everybody knows this.

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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I noticed this post today from Ezra Galston titled “ Dear Brad, Fred & Mark: How The Hell Do You Do It? answered. I get asked all the time.

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What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

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Anybody who reads the blog regularly will know that I’m long video. I’ve made 5 investments in the sector and I hope to make 5 more. Sight.

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How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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Let me start the post with three statements. 1. Essentially – it’s just the way your brain is wired. Embrace it. 2. Don’t worry.

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The Long Economic Case for Snapchat

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Yesterday I wrote a primer on how to use Snapchat for my peer group of “over 30” people who don’t yet “get” Snapchat. Today I want to talk briefly about why I believe Snapchat is an important media company. From the business perspective you need to understand a few things about media and video in particular. Reach.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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It was a heavy day, for sure. Both films were must watches for artistry. They are essentially the same story. jordandhudson Very heavy.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. They make a great pair.

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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Any reader of this blog for a period of time will know that I’ve been long YouTube for years. That is YouTube today. But think of this.

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The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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In the comments section a clever question popped up about whether I would have invested in myself before I became an investor. Literally. often say.

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Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Partner Leverage.

The Silent Benefits of PR

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I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly.

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Startup Advice

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I usually tell people that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned by F’ing up at my first company. Continue reading on Medium

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

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Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so. It’s not that I’m anti innovation or a disbeliever in disruption or calling it a full-scale bubble or saying every darling startup is going to fail. None of those. Still. Somebody posted too many party fliers. The uninvited crowds have all turned up.

Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

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I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital. Same with Gaga. He said that.

Stay Focused on Your Goals Not Your Critics

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I came off of a few tough weeks at work. In part that’s why you’ve heard less from me recently. I had some good days and bad days like most of you. I had a very big negative surprise which I’ve mostly worked through but will take time. And I’ve had some good moments, too, for sure. stepped back and realized how true that was.

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Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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Having time to think about “leadership” at most startups feels like a luxury. It feels like something you could turn your attention to once you have tens of millions of dollars and a large staff to run operations and you could step back from it all and think about how to lead. The reality of most startups is about survival. Conviction.