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The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or …

Feld Thoughts

In 1999 we filed an S-1 to take Sage Networks public. I was a co-founder and co-chairman. The post The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or … appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Yesterday I read Kara Swisher’s post  What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean? Suddenly the IPO market window closed.

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Federal Reserve to Entrepreneurs: Party Like It's 1999 (While You Still Can)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But this is not 1999. Yes, we''re in bubble territory. And that doesn''t bode well for businesses. What Goes Up.

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Vote: Who's Your Favorite Young Entrepreneur?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Inc.'s 30 Under 30 list includes the founders of Pinterest and Spotify. Vote for your favorite

Introducing America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The 2012 list includes the founders of Pinterest, Spotify, and 28 other awesome, visionary outfits. Who are Inc.'s You gotta meet them

More Advice from Class of 1999 MBA Entrepreneurs

Launching Tech Ventures

Rod shared this advice: Ample low-cost funding can compensate for founders’ weaknesses. Below, I present their advice to current students.

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Tonight We're Going To Party Like It's 1999

Launching Tech Ventures

Tonight We're Going To Party Like It's 1999 If the Customer is King, the Product Manager is Re. But its not a wipe-out, either.

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50 Ways to Find Co-founders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What''s worse than starting a business without a co-founder? Try starting it with the wrong co-founder. Team up with others? Socialize.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company. Normal.

The Forgotten Founder: YouSendIt’s Khalid Shaikh

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In Silicon Valley offices , the framed founder's doodle is as common as jewel-toned furniture and quirky conference-room names. He was wrong.

Let's IPO Like It's 1999


Furthermore, Groupon recently raised a billion dollars in financing and used that cash to pay off its early investors and founders. Some growth.

Tonight We're Going to Party Like It's 1999

Platforms and Networks

From an academic''s perspective, this is a difficult question, and I won''t tackle it here. But it''s not a wipe-out, either. and WebMD. Valuations.

Twitter Co-Founders Aim for Third Hit

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone are back in the game. Anyone with a Twitter account can sign in and view posts now, though.

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The Power of Founder Role Models

Anything's Possible

Every founder that I know points to role models that made that leap possible. Two role models stand out in my mind as people who I related to as peers and gave me the courage to believe in myself as a founder. Todd Krizelman was the founder of Taking the leap to being an entrepreneur is really scary.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital. This is what happened to me. Burger?

Even Larry Page (Google co-founder) did everything he could to extend Google’s runway…

Jeff Hilimire

I’ve been thinking ( and blogging ) a lot lately about the importance of extending the runway for startups. The first thing to go?

What Keeps Dell's Founder Fighting

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here''s why the founder won''t consider it. Founders aren''t like that. But first, let''s recap. They''re not going to walk away.

Snowball, the messaging inbox to rule them all

Google Ventures

Acharya and his co-founder Jeson Patel have spent the past four years at Google, most recently  as EIRs at Google Ventures. At Google.

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Words of Encouragement for European Startups

VC Cafe

The Eurozone is in crisis - GDP numbers point to the worst recession since 1999 and major economies are shrinking.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

If a company has reached a level of success, has been around for a few years and you believe the company has potential to break out into a much bigger company then you should let the founders take money off of the table.  It’s that simple. Founders need to have been in the company for a few years. Only then are you truly aligned.

The Trouble with Paul Graham and Female Founders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As a result of those comments, Graham, the co-founder of the incubator Y Combinator , was accused of sexism. That''s not good for anyone.

Founder of Pandora on lessons from near dot com bust to billion dollar IPO

Redeye VC

So, instead of launching another music website, Westergren decided to build a pure B2B technology company to solve the hard problem of music discovery.

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Looking Forward to 2025

Feld Thoughts

This is dangerous, especially for founders. I was in Boston at the end of May and had three separate experiences in one day. The last was dinner with Alex Rigopulos, the co-founder of Harmonix, which he co-founded with Eran Egozy in 1995, sold in 2007, bought back in 2010, and is still running today. Ponder that for a moment.

How To Sell Your Tech Startup


You could start by following the example of startup founders who have been there, done that. Pyra Labs (A.K.A. bottom-up document. Whiteboards.

Christine: Zappos Shares Secrets of 75% Repeat Business

Christine (.net) net) technology and society Tweets follow me on Twitter Snaps www. Quick Followup: VCTips at Web 2.0 United States License. Be humble.

The Great Coding School Rollup of 2015

Feld Thoughts

When I saw the proposal, I immediately thought of the web consulting rollups of 1999. I just saw my first proposal for a Coding School Rollup. As you are probably aware, 2014 saw the explosion of coding schools all over the US. These are typically four to 12 week programs. Some are full-time, others are part-time. Office supply consolidation?

Playing Startup

Agile VC

My first startup job was as an early employee at PayPal, where I took a job at the end of ‘1999 and started a few months later in 2000.

Playing Startup

View from Seed

My first startup job was as an early employee at PayPal, where I took a job at the end of ‘1999 and started a few months later in 2000.

Back In The Filtering Game: Entrepreneur Drawn by The Siren Call Of The Startup


by Shane Kenny, founder of Filtersnap. In 1999, my brother Aaron and I started Some have been spectacular failures.

No Vision All Drive

Feld Thoughts

Brown was one of the four co-founders of Techstars (with Cohen, me, and Jared Polis). I love origin stories.

Rover Cuddles Up to $12 Million

Feld Thoughts

We invested in the company in 1999 during the ascension of the Internet bubble. We loved the two founders, Michael Beaudoin and Rodney Rice, but knew very little about marketplace businesses or the home improvement category. Today, Rover announced that Menlo Ventures has led a new $12m round of financing. Some get it; many don’t.

Do Founder/Users Expand Moore's Chasm?

Launching Tech Ventures

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Do Founder/Users Expand Moores Chasm? However, some founders seem to, unknowingly, make it bigger.

Investing in and Joining the Board of

Feld Thoughts

Seth and I worked together on ServiceMagic in the 1999 – 2004 time frame (IAC acquired it in 2004 for $180m) so we had a deep understanding of how a heavily metric-based buy/sell marketplace worked. Last summer, Jason mentored the founders of PivotDesk as they went through TechStars Boulder.

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule.

How Went Bust And Then Bust And Then Became A Super Unicorn


Brilliance from Bloomberg - On March 30, 1999, an 11-month-old, money-losing Internet company called went public, to the great excitement of investors. For the next year or so, was one of the most-cited examples of, depending on one’s inclination, either the import or insanity of the Internet boom. Full Article.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

The collapse of the Internet bubble was not kind to us and by 2005 it was clear that our second fund – raised in 1999 – was a disaster, and our third fund – raised in 2000 – was off to a very rocky start. I know many entrepreneurs who feel that VCs have played them, gamed them, deceived them, or bullshitted them.

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Scaling is Hard, Case Study: Akamai

Seeing Both Sides

The first year of revenue (1999) was $4 million – a remarkable achievement.  After all, scaling is hard.  Really hard. Akamai:  The Present.

Startup CEO Online Class with Kauffman Fellows Academy

Feld Thoughts

While I didn’t work with him at Twitter, I was on the board of FeedBurner and worked with him and his three founders (Eric Lunt, Steve Olechowski, and Matt Shobe), who are all still close friends. Another great CEO I’ve had the honor to work with is Matt Blumberg who has led Return Path since founding the company in 1999.

Why product now trumps distribution – a framework

The Equity Kicker

Back in 1999 when I got my first job in the venture industry I remember having a debate with my boss about the relative importance of product and distribution for startups. Returning to my 1999 debate – product now wins over sales. Takeaways for founders. He was right. rice (how much the product is sold for).


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But the most interesting part of the discussion on wednesday night for me was when Giff asked me about a comment I had made that "you need more than a lean methodology, you need a lean culture." To me, lean is a state of mind that a founder and his/her team needs to have across all aspects of the business. Dorsey runs the office.

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A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

Jack Tankersley, a long time mentor of mine, co-founder of Centennial Funds, and co-founder of Meritage Funds, wrote me a very long response. For many years preceding 1999, the 1982 vintage was known as the industry’s worst vintage year. However, there were some things in it that didn’t ring true for me. Total. 3,040,000.