Current Startup Market Emotional Biases
APRIL 21, 2016
“Many Unicorn founders and CEOs have never experienced a difficult fundraising environment — they have only known success. The “Many Unicorn founders …” quote is the first of four emotional biases that Bill calls out. Entrepreneurship founder gurley unicorn VC wilsonBut why? Period.
Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is the founder of Desiparty.com. Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned. About.
Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?
Both Sides of the Table
JULY 22, 2010
Investors own 25%, the founders own 75%. Those were the dog days of entrepreneurship. Back then VentureHacks didn’t exist. Normal.
The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.
AUGUST 26, 2014
Drupal was launched in 2001, and Acquia started in 2007. When Angel Investor Drupal founder PHP Revenue Growth SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO venture Cash Flow CEOing leadership scalability tom nora venture capital link]. There’s a lot of buzz about the Amazon acquisition of TWITCH this week. Acquia, Inc. tomnora.
My story and support for the Founders Visa
SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
In the past few days there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of a Founders Visa. The credit for starting this fire goes to Paul Graham from Y Combinator , who wrote a great essay titled The Founders Visa in April 2009. As an immigrant founder, this is a topic that I can relate to and care about. formed SneakerLabs, Inc.
Bringing Depression Out of The Shadows In Startups
APRIL 8, 2015
They were amazingly supportive, but even then I was deeply ashamed about my weaknesses. Q: When did you start to be so open about it? A: After I became depressed for the second time, in my mid-30s — in 2001 just after Sept. 11, 2001. It was part of a more extensive series on Depression, entrepreneurs and startups. program].
Jens Nylander, Swedish Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Automile, has Succeeded Through Failure
JULY 22, 2014
Some businesses fail, others flourish, but mostly they fail. But you can’t win unless you try. It’s for free after all
The Rise of DevOps
JANUARY 20, 2015
In 2001, a group of developers met to debate and discuss a new set of “lightweight” methods for software development, and the Agile Manifesto was born. Rahul is the epitome of one of our most important criteria — founder/market fit. Andreessen Horowitz Entrepreneurship SaaS cloud Distelli founders Onward!
Interviewing Lucy Sanders at Entrepreneurs Unplugged on 1/28/15
JANUARY 22, 2015
Lucy Sanders, the founder/CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is a remarkable person. I’ve worked with Lucy since 2005 and she’s done more advancing the cause of engaging women in IT, computer science, and entrepreneurship than anyone I know. promise you that it will be a special one.
a16z Podcast: Scaling Companies… and Culture
MARCH 25, 2016
In this episode of the a16z Podcast sharing more founder stories, Ben Horowitz interviews a16z partner Lars Dalgaard about SuccessFactors, one of the earlier software-as-a-service companies. (It was founded on 2001, IPO’d in 2008, and was acquired by SAP in … talent management
Try On The Decision For 30 Days
MAY 17, 2016
My whole world blew up in 2001. felt a deep obligation to all the various people involved – the founders we had invested in, our LPs, and all the people who were still working for Mobius. I’ve made a lot of major decisions in my life – both personal and professional. Here’s an example. There was no joy anywhere.
1985: Oil Prices Will Go Up Forever
JULY 23, 2015
We had grown from three people (the two founder + me) when I started to over 20 people. The company shrunk back down to the two founders who then started the first CD music store in Dallas, repurposing their software for the CD business, just like David P. This is not a post about a bubble, real or imagined. via chartsbin.com.
Hot Seat by Dan Shapiro: A Book Every Startup CEO Should Read
JUNE 1, 2015
On Saturday, I polished off Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook. It was excellent and is now on my “all startup CEOs must read” list.
7 Attributes of An Entrepreneur's Startup Dream Team
Startup Professionals Musings
JUNE 20, 2016
There is a common belief in the angel and venture capital community that you put your money on the best team, rather than the best idea.
Peter Bauer, CEO & Founder of Mimecast, Founding principles vs Scaling principles
Business of Software Blog
JUNE 15, 2013
This is a talk about some of the big challenges founders face when their ideas take off. Peter Bauer is the founder and CEO of Mimecast, a cloud-based enterprise email management system. This year will be the 7th Business of Software, a three day conference for founders who want to build sustainable, profitable software businesses.
Launching new businesses from the ashes of failure « Lightspeed.
AUGUST 31, 2009
By 2001, eHow had created thousands of articles. In 2001, IdeaExchange.com bought eHow out of bankruptcy with the hope of charging eHow’s readers to access how-to instructions. As Wikipedia notes: eHow.com was founded in March 1999. Says Josh : “When I told people what I was doing, they thought I was crazy. says Josh. Reply 2.
We Will Never Need Another Financing
JANUARY 25, 2015
But even if you, as the founder, believe it, you are still probably deluding yourself. Ask one of your friends who was a CEO of an Internet company in 2001.). I hear some version of this one all the time. “We will never need another financing.” ” “This financing will get us to cash flow breakeven.”
Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 35: Jessica Mah and Peggy Burke
JULY 11, 2016
How founders cope with startup challenges was the focus of today’s Entrepreneurs are Everywhere radio show. What happened? Jessica Mah.
Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million
MAY 28, 2015
Tim Miller (CEO) and Ryan Martens (CTO, founder) have been working together from the start of the journey. Ryan continues to head up EFCO and is co-founder of Pledge 1%, which is the effort to take EFCO international. For example, from a post in 2008 about Rally’s $16.85m financing , I riffed on the origins of the company.
Episode 47: Growing A Colossal Business with Donna Leyens
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Also Available On. Show Summary. Donna Leyens joins us for Episode 47 of the Profit First Podcast! Our Guest. About Donna Leyens. Show Quotes .
Mattermark – An Example of How We Decide to Invest
DECEMBER 23, 2014
” With Mattermark , I remember the moment clearly – I was at The Kitchen in Boulder with the founders (Danielle Morrill, Kevin Morrill, and Andy Sparks) and my partner Seth. I had just put a garlic french fry in my mouth (if you’ve never had them at The Kitchen, they are epic) and looked over at Seth. And that was it.
Technical Co-Founders Are A Myth
MARCH 8, 2012
Technical Co-Founders Are A Myth. learned something: technical co-founders are a myth. Technical Co-Founders Are A Myth. stage.
The Trap of Relative Value
OCTOBER 30, 2014
He had just read my post on being uncomfortable with the phase of the current cycle and told me an anecdote from the great Internet bubble of 2001 that I hadn’t heard. A guy came up to me and said “I just sold my dog for $12 million.” ” I responded, “WTF – who would ever buy a dog for $12 million?
In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control
JULY 11, 2012
One of its champions includes Jason Goldberg, the co-founder and CEO of online design retailer Fab.com Inc., Tech Founders Push for Control.
Entrepreneurs are Everywhere – Show No. 16: Wayne Sutton and Dave Kashen
JANUARY 17, 2016
Joining me this week at the Stanford University studio were: Wayne Sutton , co-founder of BUILDUP VC. ” This was around 2001.
Who's the Top Entrepreneur? Your Call.
Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog
MARCH 19, 2012
Meet the Entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos Founder, Amazon.com. Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group. Steve Case Co-Founder, America Online.
Surprise Is One Of The Most Powerful Small Business Marketing Tools
JUNE 18, 2013
It has always been difficult to stand-out in a crowded market. Smart companies surprise their customers when customers least expect surprises.
Gordon Gekko 2.0: Flipping is GOOD. (aka Memo to Jason Fried.
OCTOBER 4, 2009
Bottom line, most founders and startups are better off bootstrapping and positioning for an early exit than chasing VCs. Part II! er, Dorsey.
Exploring the Social Impact of Graphic Design
JULY 20, 2016
When it comes to crowdsourcing design needs, the projects that come to mind are pretty specific to branding. There’s That just makes sense.
Pre-Order Startup CEO, The Newest Startup Revolution Book
JULY 9, 2013
The founders knew each other well and were in a brutal competition in a market that didn’t yet exist. George Bilbrey, one of the Veripost founders, is the President. Pre-orders for the new book Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business by Matt Blumberg, CEO of Return Path, are available now on Amazon.
A VC : Venture Capital and Technology
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
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.
Scaling is Hard, Case Study: Akamai
Seeing Both Sides
AUGUST 3, 2012
Despite the Internet bubble bursting, the company was able to generate over $160 million in revenue in 2001. After all, scaling is hard. 163.2.
10 Self-Made Billionaires Who Remain Grounded and Humble
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
FEBRUARY 11, 2014
Amancio Ortega ––The founder of Zara is doing quite well with a net worth of $57.5 Tony Hsieh ––CEO of Zappos. billion. ” . billion.
Bet On People Prematurely
APRIL 11, 2014
First, how excited we are about the founders we’ve backed and how easy that makes working hard on their behalf. For example, David Hornik who I *think* was the first VC I encountered post-graduate school in 2001 when he was poking around my employer Second Life. We back plenty of first time founders.
Meet Arbor Brewing Company: How Do You Grow A Local Business Brand?
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Most recently, I met up with one of the founders of the Arbor Brewing company, Rene Greff. Our microbrewery began in 2001.
4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay
Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog
FEBRUARY 15, 2012
I've been collecting data about startups and compensation since 2001. The big difference is in equity: Startup CEOs who are not founders get 6.2
What Should All Entrepreneurs Know Before Starting Their Very First Business?
Up and Running
JULY 7, 2014
Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He’s also the founder and former CEO of iSuppli Corporation. Do it.
Why Everyone Wants To Be Agile
MARCH 5, 2015
by Rob Bellenfant, founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice. He is the founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice , a Nashville, Tenn.-based
Tonight We're Going To Party Like It's 1999
Launching Tech Ventures
MARCH 27, 2011
The firms had an aggregate market value of $99 billion at the end of 2001, and they had raised $85 billion of capital. and WebMD. Valuations.
The next big thing is sitting right in front of you
JULY 2, 2011
When I started grad school in 2001, every student was given an online “classcard. ended up co-founding an online marketing company during school and then after school co-founding other companies ( SiteAdvisor , Hunch , Founder Collective ). Classcards were kind of a hybrid of modern-day LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. startup