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A Look Back On VC Cafe’s Journey Since 2005

VC Cafe

in this post I cover the journey of starting VC Cafe, the highs and downs along the way, and the path I followed to evolve it from a news reporting blog to a site that provides founders with practical advice. [[ This is a content summary only. VC Cafe turned seven! Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

learned this lesson 127 times between 2000 and 2005. started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. have two simple rules for founders in my head from this experience. Go read it now – I’ll wait. It’s simply not true.

A brief history of founders and co-founders

The Equity Kicker

Having had some success we are looking to rinse and repeat, and that has led us to think about the whole co-founder question in more detail.

allensblog: Some Tough Questions You Should Ask

Allen's Blog

More on "Tough Questions" » July 04, 2005. If you want to raise money from VC’s, here’s a really tough, really important question you ought to ask yourself very early in the process: “ How many co-founders should I have ?” He’s a founder.) In fact, it can actually be worse than this for the continuing founders.

Cap Table Hygiene

Will Price

Too Many Founders A typical Series A sees the following equity ownership distribution: VC syndicate 50%, option pool 20%, founders 30%. Each subsequent financing will see founders diluted by roughly 20% per financing, such that after three rounds the founder shares represent 30%*.8^2, 8^2, or 19.2% of the company.

If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO

Reid Hoffman

And yet, many of the greatest success stories of the internet era involve founder/professional CEO partnerships. Moral Authority. The Web 2.0

Tacking Towards Founder

Agile VC

One of the most common questions I get is “What’s the best career path to becoming a founder someday?”

allensblog: More on "Tough Questions"

Allen's Blog

« Some Tough Questions You Should Ask | Main. | The Problem of the Forgotten Founder » August 14, 2005. In my last post, I advised entrepreneurs seeking VC funding to think carefully about choosing their co-founders. So, how should a founder think about this quandary…….? Smith | Aug 21, 2005 9:18:11 PM.

9 Founders Who Got a Late Start

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 2005, Duffield launched Workday, an SaaS management vendor. For these entrepreneurs, the wait was well worth it. million. But as the U.S.

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Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned

om.co

Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is the founder of Desiparty.com. Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned. About.

Being a solo founder

Spencer Fry

Much has been written about the disadvantages of being a solo founder. Paul Graham was certainly one of the first to write about it publicly in 2006 when he published his article, Startup Mistakes , with “Single Founder” as the first in a long list of mistakes. Bad co-founder fit. Paul says: it’s a vote of “no confidence”.

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.

Why Nobody Seems to Want Non-Technical Co-Founders

VC Cafe

The co-founders that shook the world Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. How to find a co-founder. Guest post by Paul Higgins*.

7 Founders Pushed Out of Their Companies

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

George Zimmer wasn''t the first founder to get axed by the company he''d built. Here are seven other founders who suffered the same fate.

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Allen's Blog: The Problem of the Forgotten Founder

Allen's Blog

Keep the Faith » August 21, 2005. The Problem of the Forgotten Founder. Some more thoughts on carefully choosing your co-founders. Often, the “core” founder does some homework and recruits the founding team. call it the problem of the “forgotten founder,” and here’s how it works. August 21, 2005 | Permalink.

Interview with Jesse Katz, Founder of EF Buys

Growthink Blog

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jesse Katz, entrepreneur and founder of www.efbuys.com. In 2005 I had a similar 6 month trip.

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allensblog: The Problem of the Forgotten Founder

Allen's Blog

Keep the Faith » August 21, 2005. The Problem of the Forgotten Founder. Some more thoughts on carefully choosing your co-founders. Often, the “core” founder does some homework and recruits the founding team. call it the problem of the “forgotten founder,” and here’s how it works. allensblog. Archives. Chris.

Allen's Blog: More on "Tough Questions"

Allen's Blog

« Some Tough Questions You Should Ask | Main. | The Problem of the Forgotten Founder » August 14, 2005. In my last post, I advised entrepreneurs seeking VC funding to think carefully about choosing their co-founders. So, how should a founder think about this quandary…….? August 14, 2005 | Permalink.

First-Time Founder? 9 Things to Know

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

“By 2005 we had grown to $64 million. Two serial entrepreneurs set out to succeed where Pets.com failed. “In 2002 we had $2.1

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Allen's Blog: Some Tough Questions You Should Ask

Allen's Blog

More on "Tough Questions" » July 04, 2005. If you want to raise money from VC’s, here’s a really tough, really important question you ought to ask yourself very early in the process: “ How many co-founders should I have ?” Founders are passionate about their businesses, and will run through brick walls to make them succeed.

Founders and Heat Seeking Missiles

Redeye VC

As a seed-stage investor, First Round Capital typically funds powerpoints.    It doesn't matter where the missile is aimed pre-launch.

Allen's Blog: Commandment #10: Control the Meeting (But Be Smart.

Allen's Blog

« Commandment #9: Be Like Goldilocks | Main. | "Managing" Your Board of Directors » April 03, 2005. April 3, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Josh Watts | Apr 4, 2005 7:45:43 AM. Posted by: WebDude | Apr 5, 2005 12:02:54 PM. Posted by: Saar Drimer | Apr 6, 2005 4:30:24 PM. April 15, 2005 07:29 AM.

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Allen's Blog: Commandment #6: Explain Your New Idea by Analogy.

Allen's Blog

Commandment #7: Limit Yourself to the Bakers Dozen » March 07, 2005. March 7, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Ian Wilson | Mar 8, 2005 5:04:43 PM. Posted by: Parimal | Mar 8, 2005 10:26:38 PM. Posted by: Parimal | Mar 8, 2005 10:27:30 PM. Posted by: anonymous | Mar 10, 2005 7:09:13 PM. Allens Blog. link].

Allen's Blog: Commandment #8: Know What You Don't Know ? and.

Allen's Blog

Commandment #9: Be Like Goldilocks » March 19, 2005. March 19, 2005 | Permalink. As a founder, I can probably add to the discussion about who is smarter and who is not- by sighting (what I think is) an important distinction. Posted by: Danny | Mar 24, 2005 7:05:28 AM. Allens Blog. By and large, it’s true. That’s OK.

Allen's Blog: Intermission

Allen's Blog

Commandment #6: Explain Your New Idea by Analogy To, or Contrast With, Old Ideas » March 06, 2005. March 6, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Charlie ODonnell | Mar 6, 2005 7:57:35 PM. Posted by: Jeff Clavier | Mar 8, 2005 11:59:59 AM. Posted by: Luca | Mar 8, 2005 2:30:08 PM. Allens Blog. Intermission. Comments.

Mark Leslie, VRTS founder, on Sales Life Cycle

Will Price

Per my posts below on forecasting sales, Mark Leslie wrote an interesting article on the subject and the importance of quickly moving down the sales learning curve for start-ups. Many company executives are resigned to this state of affairs, determined to ride out the tough phase of the new product cycle on the path to positive cash flow.

Allen's Blog: Commandment #5: Create the "Aha" Early

Allen's Blog

Intermission » January 16, 2005. January 16, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Ben Smith | Jan 25, 2005 10:10:54 PM. Posted by: Vanilla Chin | Feb 1, 2005 4:37:38 PM. Posted by: Frank Ruscica | Feb 10, 2005 10:27:31 AM. Posted by: Matt | Feb 24, 2005 6:38:41 PM. Posted by: Gator | Apr 23, 2005 1:57:02 PM.

State of the blogosphere

Will Price

David Sifry , Technorati's CEO and founder, just published a series of State of the Blogoshpere posts. billion links in July 2005 The blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 Summary Stats: Technorati was tracking over 14.2 Million weblogs, and over 1.3

the vc in me.: Mobile Infrastructure to Make It Easy

the vc in me

October 17, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. Posted by: Eric Chan | October 24, 2005 at 12:06 AM. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! Archives. Profile. Subscribe. TrackBack. About.

the vc in me.: Cool Vlogging Tool

the vc in me

November 15, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe. TrackBack.

the vc in me.: MMOWs: Massively Multiplayer Online Worlds

the vc in me

November 13, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe. TrackBack.

the vc in me.: User-Generated Content

the vc in me

October 10, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe. TrackBack.

the vc in me.: Consumer Healthcare Search

the vc in me

October 10, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe. TrackBack.

Y Combinator Founder Issues New Warning to Start-ups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to the website, the incubator's prominent founder said: "If you're talking to Google Ventures you may be part of a pattern.

H1-B Aliens and the Myth of Free Labor Markets

Will Price

From professors, to engineers, senior managers, company founders, and venture capitalists, our current success and prosperity is very positively influenced by our ability to attract the best and brightest to work and study in our country. Unfortunately, America, while often a champion of free trade, is not a practioner of free labor markets.

Running on Empty

Will Price

Several years ago, Pete Peterson, the founder of Blackstone and an ex-cabinet secretary, wrote an important and sobering book titled Running on Empty. The hard-hitting book highlights the off-balance sheet, unfunded entitlement program liabilities that will fall due in the coming decades. Why am I writing about this?

PartyGaming

Will Price

All $1.4bn went to the founders, who retain material stakes in the company, and the IPO raised no new money for the company. The IPO's success comes despite the fact that the US government bans on-line gaming, that the founders will be arrested if they ever come back the US, and that the founders previously ran on-line porn businesses.

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The State and Health of the VC Industry - Serendpity or Process

Will Price

The article, written by a founder of Battery Ventures , makes a familiar, yet powerful argument that the venture industry is over-funded, structurally transformed, and doomed to generate returns far lower than what limited partners expect from the asset class and the associated risk profile. Is the industry doomed to low double-digit returns?

Founder Dialogues

Altgate

have to say that Tim Healy, co-founder and CEO of EnerNOC (NASDAQ: ENOC) rocked the house. Bookmark the permalink. → Comments are closed.

Lose Yourself - VCball

VCball

More important to me is the rules other implication: founder-owners, that have an interest in growing their company, hire more competent people than themselves. As a VC now, on a personal level, I am very reluctant to support the termination of a founder at an early stage of a business unnecessarily. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email.