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The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out?

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The 7 Business Slides for Startups

Early Stage Adventures

You’re an early stage entrepreneur building a Web-based subscription business. You have your board meeting coming up soon, or you’re sitting down with your close advisors. What information should you provide? How should you focus the discussion? I’d suggest 7 business slides to help frame the conversation. The 7 slides: 1. trial ? Sales/marketing.

How Much Should A Startup Founder/CEO Pay Herself?

Early Stage Adventures

This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog –  OnStartups. The lower the CEO salary, the more likely it is to succeed. million.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

The seed market for tech startups — particularly digital media, social, local, and mobile — is very active. Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. From angels only to micro VC with angels to multiple VCs and all the blends in between. Have a lead investor.  Multiple VCs. Boston NYC Startup

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston.   Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment.  Please let me know if I am missing anyone! Applications. Jason Jacobs.  Jamie Hall, Justin Siegel. 

Corporate Development 101: What Every Startup Should Know

Early Stage Adventures

This was orginally posted at OnStartups. What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development.  Our Our charter was simple: add significant market cap value through acquisitions, investments, and partnerships.   Specifically our

Clovr at Finnovate

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Good overview by Tom and Doug explaining the Clovr platform at Finnovate: Boston Digital media Investments Portfolio Startups

Yieldbot = intent data for publishers

Early Stage Adventures

Jonathan Mendez wrote a great post on Yieldbot’s product which is just about to come out of beta: click here.  I saw the demo last week and was impressed. Visitor intent is something Publishers have not understood or monetized for far too long. Digital media Investments NYC Portfolio

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

Early Stage Adventures

Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

Early Stage Adventures

Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr at Finnovate

Early Stage Adventures

Good overview by Tom and Doug explaining the Clovr platform at Finnovate: Boston Digital media Investments Portfolio Startups

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

Early Stage Adventures

This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. wear two hats one as a general partner of a couple of seed stage VC funds, the other as an occasional angel investor. Wearing my angel-investing hat, I wanted to highlight an issue that I encourage founders to be careful about when pitching. What do you think?

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

Early Stage Adventures

This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. wear two hats one as a general partner of a couple of seed stage VC funds, the other as an occasional angel investor. Wearing my angel-investing hat, I wanted to highlight an issue that I encourage founders to be careful about when pitching. What do you think?

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston.   Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment.  Please let me know if I am missing anyone! Applications. Jason Jacobs.  Jamie Hall, Justin Siegel. 

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

The seed market for tech startups — particularly digital media, social, local, and mobile — is very active. Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. From angels only to micro VC with angels to multiple VCs and all the blends in between. Have a lead investor.  Multiple VCs. Boston NYC Startup

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

Early Stage Adventures

Nick Francis, CEO Help Scout, did a terrific write up on the team’s experience in the Boston Tech Star program.  If you are thinking about the Tech Stars program, its a must read. full post here ). Angel investing Boston Startups Tech Stars

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

Early Stage Adventures

Nick Francis, CEO Help Scout, did a terrific write up on the team’s experience in the Boston Tech Star program.  If you are thinking about the Tech Stars program, its a must read. full post here ). Angel investing Boston Startups Tech Stars

Yieldbot = intent data for publishers

Early Stage Adventures

Jonathan Mendez wrote a great post on Yieldbot’s product which is just about to come out of beta: click here.  I saw the demo last week and was impressed. Visitor intent is something Publishers have not understood or monetized for far too long. Digital media Investments NYC Portfolio

Practically Green on ABC News

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A very nice ABC tv segment on Practically Green: Boston Digital media Portfolio

Practically Green on ABC News

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A very nice ABC tv segment on Practically Green: Boston Digital media Portfolio

Great Opportunity at Carbonite

Early Stage Adventures

Carbonite is looking for a social media specialist who will run the day to day social media operations. See: [link]. Great company and awesome job. Boston Investments Portfolio

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past , today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains.

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What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward. As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016. thought AR/VR and wearables would disappoint in 2016. They did. We re-learned an old lesson: PC v. ISO; VHS v.

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Reserves

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Reserves is the term VCs use to describe funds they “reserve” for follow-on financings of their portfolio companies. This is not true for angel investors, seed funds, growth funds, and strategic investors.  I don’t mean to be disparaging of these other sources of capital. They all are important at various stages of development.

The Three Machines

Feld Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. But it might.

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I’m a VC and the Worst of Times

Feld Thoughts

It’s Sunday and it’s -8 degrees in Boulder. Egads. As a special bonus, check out my singing and dance movies. Foundry Group humor video

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Framework Benchmarks

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About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Results.

Empty Out Your Junk Drawer

Feld Thoughts

Everyone has a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. One of mine is to the left. So does every company. Both of these are foundational issues.

The Dangers Of Being Too Early

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have been reading Whiplash , a book I recommended here last week. It starts with the story of the Lumiere brothers , who are credited with the invention of “the moving picture.” ” As told in Whiplash, the Lumiere brothers started showing films to audiences in 1895 using their patented cinematograph.

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#GivingThanks: David Cohen and the Techstars Foundation

Feld Thoughts

Today’s #GivingThanks is to David Cohen , one of the founders and co-CEO of Techstars. When I looked up, David gave me a little more background.

Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country.

Understanding Privilege – My Experience in Prison

Feld Thoughts

It was a top 10 peak life experience for me – easily one of the most profound things I’ve experienced to date. We then got the rules.

December Depression

Feld Thoughts

December is a tough time of year for a lot of people. While the holidays are awesome for some, they are really hard for others. Be reflective.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand.

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It sure feels like the long awaited headwinds have arrived and the tailwinds are behind us for now. friend sent me this chart today.

Managing New User Satisfaction On A Daily Basis

Feld Thoughts

As we get to the end of 2016, I’m in many conversations about 2016 performance and 2017 budgets. While 2016 isn’t over yet, most SaaS companies know how things are going to end up within a few percentage points. Since there are plenty of variables, the conversations are generally quantitative. On day three, another attribute is measured.

Your Truth vs. The Truth

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking about what “truth” means lately. It started me down a path where I began separating types of truth.

Board Seat For Sale

Feld Thoughts

I had lunch recently with a founder. We were talking about current and future board configuration for his company and he said “Up until this point, all my board seats were simply for sale. Whenever a new investor showed up, they wanted – and got – a board seat.” ” I loved the phrase “board seat for sale.”

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Is 2017 The Year Of Flat Headcount?

Feld Thoughts

If you are growing at a rate of less than 50% year over year, you should consider viewing 2017 as  the year of flat headcount. As budgets are settling down and getting approved for many of the companies I’m on the board of, I’m seeing a general trend of much less headcount growth in 2017 than in 2016. agree that it’s a feature.

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