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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.

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.

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 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.

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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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.

Looking Forward to 2025

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If we fund an early stage startup company today and it’s hugely successful, it’ll be coming into its own in 2025. Ponder that for a moment. That’s how our business – and entrepreneurship – really works. The first was with a company started in 2011 that is now a real business. From the epic Inc.

Dedupe Your Processes

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The phrase “dedupe your processes” was created at a board meeting I was at last week. If you know our portfolio, you probably can figure out which board meeting it was based on the use of the word dedupe. But it’s so f **g hard. If you disagree, do a quick reality check. Skype, Hangouts, Bluejeans. Asana, Trello, Basecamp.

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Computer Science For All

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This morning, President Obama and the White House made an awesome announcement of a new initiative called Computer Science for All. NCWIT, U.S.

What Is Machine Learning Anyway?

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One of the consistent characteristics of the tech industry is an endless labelling of technology and approaches. Some of it is foundational resulting from some entirely new. Much of it is re-categorizing something, either because it is suddenly trendy again or because a set of ideas have been organized in a new way. It’ll be microscopic data.

Budget: First Half, Second Half

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If you are the CEO of a VC or angel backed company, will need to raise more money in the future, are doing more than $100,000 of revenue a month, and are growing more than 25% a year, then this post if for you. In January, you finalized your budget. Assuming things were on track, you made March and declared victory on Q1. It’s June 7th.

Unicorpse

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The current usage of the word unicorn makes me tired. I could rant about it for a while, but that would make me tired of myself ranting about it.

Don’t Waste A Crisis

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This cliche, which has uncertain attribution  (Winston Churchill, Rahm Emmanuel, M. F. Weiner) is a priceless line that gets tossed out periodically, especially in the middle of a crisis. Over the years I’ve been involved in many business crises. But they are still crises. Most of the time I’m a board member or investor.

The Responsibility Glitch

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On Tuesday, Jerry Colonna and I had a fireside chat hosted by the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network titled  Making Mental Health a Priority. We did it at DU in partnership with Project X-ITE  and had a powerful afternoon. Last night I had dinner with a CEO I like a lot where we talked about some of the things he was struggling with. I program.

Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

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read it again this morning when I woke up. And I expect I’ll read it at least one more time. just saw Peter Kafka’s summary of at at Re/Code ( We read Bill Gurley’s big warning about Silicon Valley’s big money troubles so you don’t have to ) and I don’t agree. Go read the original post in its entirety. But why? Period.

When Greed Turns To Fear

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There is a cliche in the financial world that has been around forever. ” Recently, the fear seems to be sticking around. But it lingers.

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Why Teleportation Will Be Awesome

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During this contemplative moment, I’m fantasizing about teleportation. Then I’d be able to sleep in my bed tonight. It just happens.

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.

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

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On Saturday I went to two films at the Boulder International Film Festival  –  Code: Debugging the Gender Gap  and A Good American.

Something New Is F *d Up In My World Every Day

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This is one of my favorite lines to use to explain the business life I live. It’s simple. Something new is f *d up in my world every day.

Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation

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Yesterday Hillary Clinton announced her Initiative on Technology & Innovation  at Galvanize in Denver. skimmed it quickly and was pleased with how substantive it was. pondered what Trump’s equivalent would be and decided it is likely to be a tweet that says “Technology loves me.” Building the Tech Economy on Main Street.

That Didn’t Need To Take An Hour

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Have you ever finished something and thought to yourself, “That didn’t need to take an hour?” Here are a few of them. 60 minutes.

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Explaining Net Neutrality to My Dad

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It’s late Saturday night after an awesome day in Las Vegas with my dad. ” We have a lot of fun and learn a ton from each other.

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A Scaling Magic Trick

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By definition, as a company scales rapidly, it adds people quickly. There are many things about this that are difficult, but a vexing one has to do with the leadership team. Often times, the wrong people are in senior positions. The faster a company grows, or the less experienced the CEO is (e.g. “A CEO does only three things.

Is History A Guide In Business?

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I was at a fascinating dinner with a bunch of founders and investors last night. Until I was 35, I was often the youngest guy in the room.

How to Find the Time to Accomplish Anything

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Guest Post By William Hertling – williamhertling.com  (Author). Apocalypse. Maybe you want to write an app or a book. Enter the Craziness.

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Making Space for Moms

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knew that Tami was a great speaker because of my interactions with her at Return Path, but she just totally blew me away with this talk.

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Try On The Decision For 30 Days

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I’ve made a lot of major decisions in my life – both personal and professional. For the professional ones, I’ve come up with an approach that I now use consistently. I try on the decision for a period of time – the more significant the decision, the longer the period of time. Here’s an example.

The Deep, Dark, Emotional Challenges of Being a Leader

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I got to spend a lot of time with my close friend Rand Fishkin the past few days. Go read it now – I’ll wait. ” Whatever.

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What Is Your Hardware Business Gross Margin?

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I’m seeing an endless stream of hardware-related companies these days. In our world, we are focused on software wrapped in plastic , a line I think I first used some time in 2012. If you understand our themes, it fits squarely within human computer interaction for us. Suddenly, hardware related startups are all the rage.

Book: Where The Jobs Are

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A few weeks ago I had lunch with John Dearie  to discuss a new non-profit he has started called The Center for American Entrepreneurship. When I know, work with, and respect more than 50% of the board of a new non-profit, I pay attention. I’m glad I did – the conversation with John was stimulating. Oh, and inertia. They follow.

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Life Is Messy For Everyone

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I love today’s post from Nick Grossman at USV. Let me explain. read several biographies on our trip. It’s all messy.

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Founder Suicides

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I know this post is going to be a downer but I think there is a lot more to be talked about regarding depression, mental health, and entrepreneurship.

First Seven Jobs

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I’m going to play follow the leader this morning and blog my #firstsevenjobs on the back of Fred Wilson’s  Fun Friday: First Seven Jobs  post. I saw this meme go around last week while I was doubled up in the bathroom in Australia and thought it was cute but had no energy to participate. As a bonus, we occasionally washed windows.

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Why Aren’t We Talking About The Divorced Entrepreneur?

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continued to run my company until we sold it when I was 27. But the struggle, stigma, and pain of the divorce lingered in the background for a long time. Fortunately, I ended up in a relationship with my now-wife Amy (I used to refer to her as my “current wife” – now she’s definitely the “last wife I’ll ever have.”)

What’s Happening Today That No One Sees?

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Amy and I watched The Big Short  on Tuesday with my partner Jason and his wife Jenn. like some time to pass before I look at history.

Building Long Term Companies

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Any CEO I’ve ever worked with has heard me say “build the company and make decisions as though you’ll be running it forever” many times. While forever is a very long time and so far the idea of running a company forever hasn’t happened, it’s a great frame of reference for a CEO to operate from.

Do You Regret Failed Investments?

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This weekend I’m co-hosting the Reboot.io VC Bootcamp  at my house in Boulder. It starts tonight and goes through mid-day Sunday. It’s an experiment with Jerry Colonna and about 15 other VCs to see if the Reboot.io It’s either going to be valuable to this group or not. We’ll know more on Monday. Brad Feld. Fred Wilson.

Apply For Grants From The Techstars Foundation

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The current grant cycle for the Techstars Foundation is now open. Apply here. Philanthropy techstars foundation

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