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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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Founder Fights in Boulder

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The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. Carrie and Jerry did a great Reboot.io

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.”)

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Retrade

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The retrades have begun. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve experienced four retrades – two early stage, one growth, and one late stage – and I’ve heard of a number of others. And, in case you were wondering, it’s always to make the terms worse, not better. This lack of retrades, however, is not the historical norm.

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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Help Me Understand The Value of Slack Instead of an Email List

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Before you have an allergic reaction to the title of the post and respond with “you are stupid”, bear with me for a second as I set up the problem. I’ve been a heavy Slack user for at least six months (probably closer to nine). This hit me in the face over the weekend when I was invited to a new Slack group by someone well-known.

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A User Manual To Working With Me

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Jon Hallett , a prolific angel investor and successful entrepreneur who I’ve gotten to know over the past few years, dropped a major knowledge bomb on me yesterday afternoon when he sent me a post from  David Politis titled   This is How You Revolutionize the Way Your Team Works Together… And All It Takes is 15 Minutes.

Fear Is In The Air

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Or at least on the blogs and in the mainstream media. know the early presidential campaign is impacting this. know it shouldn’t, but it does.

Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors

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This was challenging to do, as the topic of boards can be boring. We completed it early this year – the teaser follows.

The Endless Struggle That Boulder Has With Itself

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I’ve now lived in Boulder for 19 years. They’re insular. They’re driving up housing prices. “We are women and men. We are parents.

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