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The Cloud Computing Battle

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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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How Much Should A Startup Founder/CEO Pay Herself?

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

The 7 Business Slides for Startups

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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.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

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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

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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. 

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.

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

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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

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. 

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

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Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

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Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

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

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

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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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Formlabs $35 Million Financing

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We just led a $35 million financing at Formlabs. In case you were wondering, lasers are super cool. In the fall of 2012, Formlabs did a $2.95

Your Truth vs. The Truth

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

Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

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I thought this was outrageously brilliant. Thanks to Andrew Hyde for sending it to me. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder.

The 2% Change

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Here’s something actionable for you on a Monday morning. If you want to improve your business, in addition to all the other things you are doing, focus on changing thing by 2%. For example, raise your prices 2%. Eliminate 2% of your variable costs. Focus on the bottom 2% of your team and ask yourself if you really want them on your team.

The Fight Between The Future And The Past

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At dinner last night with Amy and friends we ended up in a long conversation about what’s going on in the world right now.

Understanding VCs

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I saw Joe Fernandez ‘ tweet a few days ago and thought “he is making an important point.” ” too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc’s like they’re heroes and their blog posts are scripture. — Joe Fernandez (@JoeFernandez) August 19, 2016. VCs are not heroes. We are just one part of the startup ecosystem.

Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

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The post is aimed at CEOs of startups who have at least 15 employees. If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. While it’s trendy to outsource your accounting to a third party, once you hit a certain size it’s dangerous.

Framework Benchmarks

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Best Seed Pitch Ever

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I read yesterday evening that our portfolio company Twilio , which priced its IPO last night, is going to live code from the NYSE this morning. That brought a powerful flashback to the first time I met Jeff Lawson , founder and CEO of Twilio. It was 2008 in our old offices on the 14th floor of the building we still work in. VC & Technology

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Glowforge’s $22 Million Financing

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We just led a $22 million financing in Glowforge. I’ll start with the punchline – lasers are super cool. Oh, and lasers are super cool.

In Defense Of Bubbles

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is nothing the tech media and the broader press likes to ask me about more than bubbles. “Is Snapchat a bubble?” ” “Is Uber a bubble?” ” “Is Facebook a bubble?” ” “Is seed investing a bubble?” ” “Is growth investing a bubble?” ” And on and on and on.

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.

A Typical Example of #GiveFirst

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We are investors and Jason is on her board. Later that day, Krista sent me the full story, which follows, in an email. Krista’s words follow.

A Startup Visa – The International Entrepreneurs Rule – Form I-941

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On Friday, the USCIS proposed The International Entrepreneurs Rule. We finally will have a startup visa! talked about the Startup Visa at conferences.

Work Hard. Be Kind.

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His message is simple: Work Hard. Be Kind. Having worked with Chris for many years, it’s a great summary of how he lives his life. Be Kind.

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Global Venture Capital Distribution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. London and Beijing crack the top ten.

What Happened In 2015

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last year in my What Just Happened post, I said: the social media phase of the Internet ended. But it is not yet clear what that thing is.

Unscramble Your Biases

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And, as you read though the list below of my experiences / viewpoints, you’ll quickly see how the biases can create a chaotic mind-mess.

FullContact Continues Its Journey To Solve The Contact Management Problem

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When we invested in FullContact in 2012, they were a small team with a big vision to create  One Address Book To Rule Them All.