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- [Venture Capital] Technological Revolutions And Financial Capital
Back in 2003, when Brad and I were starting USV, we were struggling to make sense of the bubble and its aftermath, what it meant for technology and what it meant for venture capital. Venture Capital and TechnologyBrad got this book from someone, not sure who, and when he finished it, he said "you have to read this."
- [Venture Capital] 50/50 Cofounders
I've started two venture capital firms. recognize that venture capital firms are different than companies and that a partnership model works better in VC firms than it does in companies. Venture Capital and TechnologyHe makes a ton of great points. would like to provide the counterpoint.
- [Venture Capital] Staying Independent
But there are plenty of entrepreneurs who have built interesting businesses using outside capital - angel, seed, VC, or some other form - and they have a portion of their cap table that is seeking a return on their capital on some reasonable timetable. Let's say a company required $10mm of startup capital to get to breakeven.
- [Venture Capital] Running The Table
Venture Capital and Technology 'I hate it when companies try to run the table on a market. Like Microsoft tried with desktop computing. Like Apple tried with mobile computing. Like Facebook tried with social networking. And like Google is trying with the entire f **g Internet. The good news that the market stops them.
- [Venture Capital] What Do You Look For?
Venture Capital and TechnologyI'm asked this question all the time. Is it team? Is it the idea? Is it product? Is it market? The answer is that it is all of them and most importantly it is the way they all come together in a single company. Why is this the right team to do this? Can they package their idea correctly for the market?
- [Venture Capital] #startupvisa
Over time that will result in the sclerosis of our economy and the decline of america as the locus of capitalism and the american dream. Venture Capital and TechnologySome huge percentage of startup companies in this country are founded by immigrants. Not surprising. It has always been that way in America. Is that good policy?
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
Not everybody agrees that entrepreneurs should take investor meetings outside of “funding season when they’re raising capital. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Startup Advice I obviously don’t speak for all investors. This post was prompted by an email exchange I had with a young entrepreneur. That’s fine.
- [Venture Capital] The Always Logged In Experience
Venture Capital and TechnologyLast week I blogged about mobile notifications which I think is a big game changer. There are a few other aspects of the mobile experience that I think present great opportunity. Another one is the always logged in experience. No log in is required. That in and of itself is a big deal.
- [Venture Capital] Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
It's a textbook on venture capital deals. Part of her job will be doing venture investments for her new employer. She reached out to me and said "I need a quick primer on venture capital investments, how they are structured, negotiated, and documented." Books Venture Capital and Technology
- [Venture Capital] Can The Crowd Be More Patient?
One of the most noticeable changes to the VC business over the past decade is the movement of investment allocation from capital and time intensive sectors like biotech and clean tech to capital efficient and fast moving sectors like internet and mobile. new drug takes $100mm in capital investment to get to market.
- [Venture Capital] Healthcare
Venture Capital and TechnologyA few weeks ago, I met with a VC who has been investing in healthcare for over 30 years. Clearly healthcare is a large market, possibly the largest measured as a percent of GDP. But we haven't seen many large networks of engaged users emerging in healthcare. Then we mostly lost touch.
- [Venture Capital] Mailing It In
Venture Capital and Technology 'We flew down to Williamsburg Virginia yesterday to attend my dad's 85th birthday. He and my mom are in great shape and my brothers and their families were there. It was a great evening. The song Jay-Z "didn't even write" made me think about my Video Of The Week posts. keep grinding away.
- [Venture Capital] Parallel Processing Inside Your Company
Venture Capital and TechnologyI've had the pleasure of serving on a Board with Scott Weiss for the past six years. Scott is one of the best entrepreneurs/executives I know. Sadly, he's given up being a CEO to become a VC. That's the kind of competition I do not need. got around to reading it this morning.
- [Venture Capital] What Is A "Venture Partner" And Why Does It Matter To You?
A reader asked me to blog about the "Venture Partner" role in VC firms. Venture Partner is a person who a VC firm brings on board to help them do investments and manage them, but is not a full and permanent member of the partnership. Venture Partners' compensation varies by firm and by role.
- [Venture Capital] Coming Of Age
But imitation is the finest form of flattery and I do like how Ben rolls on his blog and in the venture capital business. I'd like to talk this morning about how hard it is the come up in the venture capital game. When a young person asked me about getting in the venture capital business, I advise them not to.
- [Venture Capital] Marketing and The Bubble
Venture Capital and TechnologyRand Fishkin has a good post in response to my marketing posts over the past two days. In it he makes this assertion: For the first few years that I was in the "web world," 1997-2001, there was a dangerous and obvious bias in startups toward sales and marketing - and branding in particular.
- [Venture Capital] Convertible Debt
Most experienced venture lawyers have a standard form of "lightweight Seed" or "lightweight Series A" documents that can be signed without negotation on both sides. It's a better, simpler, and massively less complicated way to do venture investing. Venture Capital and TechnologyWe do this all the time.
- [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs Teach VCs to be VCs
It was the first investment we made at Union Square Ventures and we sold that company a few years ago. Venture Capital and TechnologyIsaak Karaev stopped by and left a comment in yesterday's thread. Isaak is one of the first entrepreneurs I backed in my career. backed him again more recently.
- [Venture Capital] There Aren't Many Venture Backed IPOs
As a follow up to yesterday's pos t on this topic, here's another chart from Mark Suster : So using the math I laid out yesterday (roughly 1,000 startups funded each year by VCs), this means that on average between 1% and 3% of venture funded startups get to an IPO. Venture Capital and Technology
- [Venture Capital] Social Proof Is Dangerous
Yesterday my partner Andy and I met with a company that has had a hard time rasing capital. Venture Capital and TechnologyHunter Walk has a post up suggesting that "social proof" is not as helpful of an indicator of startup quality as it once was. have always hated the idea of social proof. It's nonsense.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: Cities, Networks, and Growth Curves
Venture Capital and TechnologyKirk sent me this TED Talk yesterday. It is the Physicist Geoffrey West talking about cities, networks, and growth curves. Regular readers of this blog will recognize a bunch of themes that I am obsessed with in this talk. So check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.
- [Venture Capital] The Second Year
Venture Capital and TechnologyNYC's Mayor Mike Bloomberg visited TechStars NYC on Demo Day this week. He gave a funny and inspiring talk about being an entrepreneur. This is the Mike Bloomberg the NYC tech community needs. He's the most successful tech entrepreneur in NYC and he's also our mayor. The business ramps.
- [Venture Capital] The Power Of Diversification
If you assume that the average startup has a 33% chance of making money for the investors, a 33% chance of returning capital, and a 33% chance of losing everything and that only 10% will make a big return (>10x), then you can model this out. Venture Capital and TechnologyInvesting in startups is risky.
- [Venture Capital] Blogging and Venture Capital
They asked me how blogging has impacted the way we do the venture capital business. They asked me how blogging has impacted the way we do the venture capital business. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology I came across this interview I did at Wharton a few years ago. It is only 3 minutes long.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: Paul Graham in 2005
entrepreneurship Venture Capital and Technology 'There are a lot of awesome people in the startup community, but Paul is among the most awesome.
- [Venture Capital] How Well Do You Take A Punch?
Venture Capital and TechnologyI was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day. was talking to the CEO of a company whose business was negatively impacted by Sandy.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: John Doerr at Pando Monthly
Venture Capital and Technology 'I like what Sarah Lacy is doing with these monthly talks called Pando Monthly. am going to do one on June 13th. Last week Sarah talked with John Doerr , who has been a role model for me for many years and someone I have looked up to for a long time. It''s a long talk, more than two hours.
- [Venture Capital] The Third Way
Venture Capital and TechnologyWhat do you do when you don't want to sell your company and you don't want to go public either? We've been discussing this issue here at AVC for a long time. think back to this post from 2008 , almost five years ago now, as the kickoff of this long running conversation.
- [Venture Capital] Standardized Venture Funding Docs
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ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] Venture Deals: Chapter 8: How Venture Capital Funds Work
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2011
Before we talk about the dynamics of the negotiation of the deal, it’s useful to understand the motivation of the person you’ll be negotiating against, namely the venture capitalist (VC). Venture Deals book venture dealsWe’ve been asked many times to divulge the deep, dark secrets of what makes VCs tick.
- [Venture Capital] A Big Victory For User Generated Content
It was the very threat of copyright litigation that forced YouTube to sell to Google, Tags: Venture Capital and Technology Yesterday, Judge Louis Stanton of the Southern District Court here in NYC issued his opinion in the long standing legal battle between YouTube and Viacom. This is a huge victory for entrepreneurs and the web.
- [Venture Capital] #startupstories
Venture Capital and TechnologyThe NY Tech Meetup has produced a series of short videos talking about some of the key early challenges that startups face. They call this series #startupstories and currently there are three videos up on the web, one about pitching your company, one about building the team, and one about failing.
- [Venture Capital] You Got To Be In It To Win It
They used to be more common twenty five years ago when I entered the venture capital business. Venture Capital and TechnologyThat's how Skype's option plan is described in this piece by Felix Salmon. I've seen option plans that have repurchase rights in them. This is a tricky area.
- [Venture Capital] Startup America
Venture Capital and TechnologyOn Monday , the White House announced Startup America. The CTO of US, Aneesh Chopra, blogged about it on Techcrunch. My friend Brad Feld was there and blogged about it. have no involvement with Startup America, at least yet. Let me explain. It was largely ignored. The city took our calls.
- [Venture Capital] Office Hours
Venture Capital and TechnologyYesterday I did office hours for the second time. We started doing office hours in the fall of last year and try to do them once a quarter. Brad, Albert, Christina, and I all do them. Christina does office hours way more often than the rest of us. But we all do them. Here's how we do them.
- [Venture Capital] Cloning Successful Startups
Venture Capital and TechnologyJeff Leventhal, the CEO of our portfolio company WorkMarket , emailed me yesterday. He said: i would love to see an avc post about copycats like samwer bros. what do u think of this form of entrepreneurs, etc? looked back over my archives and I guess I've never addressed this topic here at AVC.
- [Venture Capital] Startups Get Hit By Shrapnel In The Banking Bill
They are: 1) Changing the definition of a "qualified investor" in angel and venture deals. " Angel and venture financings could be regulated state by state creating a fairly burdensome set of rules and regulations that each financing would need to be subject to. Not just anyone can invest in a startup company.
- [Venture Capital] Ben Horowitz On The Psychology Of Being CEO
" Venture Capital and TechnologyEvery once in a while I come across a blog post that so totally nails something and I am reminded why professionals blogging about their craft is such an important development in the world of media. Yesterday Ben Horowitz posted about the psychology of being CEO. have never been a CEO.
- [Venture Capital] An Evolved View Of The Participating Preferred
believe a preferred stock is critical in venture investing. grew up in the venture capital business in a firm that had the participating feature in its standard term sheet. believe the venture business has changed as the capital required to create significant value in web services companies has fallen dramatically.
- [Venture Capital] Hobbyists
Venture Capital and TechnologyOne of my favorite posts in the past month came from Chris Dixon. It is short and sweet, just the way I like a blog post. In the post Chris lays out three constituencies to the startup economy; business people, engineers, and hobbyists. Being a hobbyist is a great way to live in the future. You should too.
- [Venture Capital] Software vs Hardware
mobile Venture Capital and Technology 'One of the things I am noticing is the trend to try to solve problems with software instead of dedicated hardware. Smartphones make this trend possible because we have a hardware devices on us most of the time. good example of this is the Moves app. But fixing that is only a matter of time.
- [Venture Capital] From The Archives: The Poker Analogy
Early stage venture capital is a lot like poker. Preserve your capital. Venture Capital and TechnologyI've written 5,680 posts according to Typepad. There are a lot of gems in the back catalog here at AVC. I've been playing a lot of poker while on our ski vacation.
FRED DESTIN [Venture Capital] The Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)
| SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012
I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ? And then we have Fred Wilson telling us that should venture capital die, there's always be blogging. an now expecting Chris Dixon to say he is turning to Venture Capital , and then I will be officially confused. The schizophreny of the venture capitalist.
- [Venture Capital] Draw Your Ideas
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- [Venture Capital] Building The Ecosystem
I've always seen the work that my colleauges and I do as more than venture capital investing. There are two primary activities that Union Square Ventures focuses on in addition to our core venture capital activities of backing and then working closely with entrepreneurs and their teams. They just did it.
- [Venture Capital] What Has Changed
there is a large pool of money in the venture capital asset class that is opportunistic, momentum driven, and thesis agnostic. this pool of capital was "all in" on consumer web/social web in the 2009-2011 time frame. That is a tiny fraction of the venture capital market. lot, actually.
- [Venture Capital] Required Reading For The Carlota Perez Interview
Venture Capital and TechnologyI blogged about the interview I'm doing with Carlota Perez tomorrow. I'm super excited about this. The details are in the post behind that link. Instead we will spend the time trying to make sense of where we've been over the past ten years and where we are heading now.
- [Venture Capital] Does Open Conflict With Making Money?
Venture Capital and Technologyasked Zander what he thought about that line and he told me he hadn't thought long and hard enough about it to have a fully formed opinion but it was certainly important to our investment thesis and we ought to have an opinion on it. do have an opinion on it. recall when Etsy first put out an API.
- [Venture Capital] Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs
And venture capitalists will think more than twice about putting $3mm of early stage capital into startups if they know that the vast majority of the funds will go to pay lawyers to defend the companies instead of to hire engineers to create and build product. Politics Venture Capital and TechnologyFast forward to today.
- [Venture Capital] Don't Let Good Friends Hear About It On TechCrunch
Venture Capital and TechnologyA few weeks ago, we were getting ready to close on an investment. asked one of my partners when the news of the financing would be announced. He said, "pretty much right away." " And I said, "we had better let our friends who run XYZ company know." Doing this is tricky.
- [Venture Capital] Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies
The past decade (post Internet bubble, post Sarbox) brought a new normal to the late stage venture capital market. stocks Venture Capital and TechnologyWe have an IPO market for web companies again. These five companies are all trading for north of $1bn market cap. Pandora is at ~$1.5bn. LinkedIn is at ~$6bn. revenues.
- [Venture Capital] Etacts Builds What I Want
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- [Venture Capital] Everyone's A VC
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- [Venture Capital] Brooklyn Beta
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- [Venture Capital] Contaminated Labs
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- [Venture Capital] Some Perspective
stocks Venture Capital and TechnologyI don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land. think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Why governments support venture capital
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
The Canadian government announcement yesterday of a $400m plan to strengthen the Canadian venture capital industry is the latest in a long series of similar announcements and initiatives from governments around the world that put government cash into VC funds alongside private money to make it more attractive for private investors.
- [Venture Capital] Enough Is Enough
" Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI believe that software patents should not exist. They are a tax on innovation. And software is closer to media than it is to hardware. Patenting software is like patenting music. First of all, the idea of a transaction in an application isn't novel. The whole thing is nuts.
- [Venture Capital] If You Have A Half Hour Today, Watch This
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ROB GO [Venture Capital] Deal Selection in Venture Capital
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
You could imagine simple rules like “for X kind of company, we will do 2X more deals and live with 1/2 the ownership because we think it’s harder to pick, but the rewards are bigger when you pick right” It could also be something radically different and systematic like what Correlation Ventures does. 'Source, Select, Win.
- [Venture Capital] Gurley and Om
This morning I saw this in my feed: In conversation w/VC Bill Gurley/Benchmark Capital [six short easy videos. Venture Capital and TechnologyThe first thing I do most morning is check #discover in Twitter. he & I talk VC, startups & @ uber gigaom.com/2012/12/11/bil… @ bgurley. Om Malik (@om) December 11, 2012.
- [Venture Capital] Hitting Your Stride
So for those just starting out in a career as a venture capital or angel investor, I would suggest that they take their time, be patient, and build a portfolio slowly and deliberately. Venture Capital and TechnologyI met with a friend who was in town last week. It takes time to learn how to be an early stage investor.
- [Venture Capital] Startup Lessons Learned
Venture Capital and TechnologyThere are no shortage of conferences you can attend in the startup world. Everyone knows the big ones. But I find the little ones are often much better. One that I have my eye on is Startup Lessons Learned from Eric Ries and his Lean Startup gang. The conference is in SF on May 23rd. No panels!!!
- [Venture Capital] Let Your Winners Run
This does create a bit of an issue in that we raise ten year venture capital funds. Venture Capital and TechnologyI met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV. Then I took questions.
- [Venture Capital] The Nature Of The Firm and Work Markets
Venture Capital and TechnologyThose who watched the video I posted on Sunday saw me talking about this. But I didn't do it justice so I'm going to do a full post on this. The brilliant Nobel prize winning economist Ronald Coase (who is still alive!) wrote a seminal essay called The Nature Of The Firm in 1937. The entire essay.
- [Venture Capital] Bridge Technologies
More often than not, these bridge businesses are not successful investments and very seldom are they the top performing investments in a venture fund. Bridges are rarely good things in the venture business. Venture Capital and Technologydon't like to invest in companies built upon these bridge technologies.
- [Venture Capital] The new era of venture capital
You already know the about the state of the venture capital industry in 2009: venture investing down (32%), exits down (14%; slowest exit year for VC backed companies since 1995), fundraising down (56%), IPO’s almost non-existent (8 venture backed IPOs in 2009). Related posts: Venture capital is dead!
- [Venture Capital] Bored Of Directors (continued)
Venture Capital and TechnologyI did a few posts on this topic back in 2004 when I was just starting to get this blogging thing. the original. the followup. the second followup. These posts were inspired by my friend Brad Feld's initial post on the same topic. Brad is frustrated with them. am too. 1) get everyone in the room.
- [Venture Capital] Mobile Is Where The Growth Is
mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIf you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year. You might think that all these big web services are flatlining. Web is flattish. Yahoo!
FRED DESTIN [Venture Capital] What's in a (venture capital) website ?
| MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011
Late on Friday we launched the new website of Atlas Venture. One of the challenges that all venture capitalists are dealing with is that we are all peddling essentially the same product. The bottom line is we all sound pretty much the same , so what is a venture capitalist to do ? ig Balls of Steel Award: Spark Capital.
- [Venture Capital] The CEO Mentor and Coach
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- [Venture Capital] Who You Want On Your Board
One of the guys who taught me the venture capital business used to say "success is in inverse proportion to the number of VCs you have on your board." entrepreneurship Venture Capital and Technology" He was right. For a few reasons. First of all, most VCs get on your board by virtue of financing rounds you do.
- [Venture Capital] Herky Jerky Investing
The WSJ says some venture funds hit pause on big deals. group of venture capitalists dialing back on certain deals after a breathless year of venture investing that had some comparing 2011 to the late 1990s dot-com bubble. We will never be the most active venture capital firm. Venture Capital and Technology
- [Venture Capital] Moneyball For Startups
Venture Capital and TechnologyDan Frommer wrote an interesting post on SplatF yesterday talking about the possibility of a quantitative assessment of founders/founding teams , like they use in baseball. Bottom line is that Dan talked to some leading VCs and none of them use quantitative methods to measure teams. That’s about it.
- [Venture Capital] Opening Up Our Research
Venture Capital and TechnologyWhen Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. And we thought the startup community would engage with us around these insights and ideas and make us smarter in the process. It was a good bet.
- [Venture Capital] How Would An Entrepreneur Attack Your Business?
entrepreneurship Venture Capital and Technology 'This is a question I like to ask our more developed portfolio companies who have built large markets/networks/user bases. ask them "if you were a startup and you wanted to compete with our company, how would you go about it?"
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?
| THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010
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. I told them that True Ventures had stuck to their brand name and submitted a totally clean term sheet. Tags: Startup Advice This Week in Venture Capital turned them down. Normal.
- [Venture Capital] What Exactly Is A Lead Investor?
Venture Capital and TechnologyThe term "lead investor" is often misunderstood. have seen VCs negotiate to be called a co-lead or a lead in the term sheet. But you don't get given that designation. You earn it. Pierre made a point of being there the day one of his other companies went public.
- [Venture Capital] Mobile Economics Will Trend Toward Web Economics
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI've been saying for a while now that I think mobile economics will trend toward web economics as the mobile web goes mainstream. And that includes tablets. There is some discussion in the tech blogs today about why iPad magazine sales have been disappointing. Most have not.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] How Many Investors are Too Many?
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
If you plan to do it I highly recommend that most of the VCs be smaller funds and ones who are generally not looking to invest much more after your first round of capital. There are ones I’ve worked with like True Ventures, First Round Capital, Greycroft, Rincon Ventures … just to name a few. love that.
- [Venture Capital] Why I'm Rooting For Google+
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThe day Google+ launched, I sent a friend at Google who was involved in building the service an email requesting an invite. got the invite late that day and started playing with the service. Here's my profile. I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it.
- [Venture Capital] That Person Won't Scale
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- [Venture Capital] Finding And Buying A Domain Name
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services. It's not in my top ten but it could be. It's certainly something we think about a lot when making investments and working with companies post investment. Del.icio.us
- [Venture Capital] Social Networking vs Email
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- [Venture Capital] The Sub $1bn Revenues IPO Act
Venture Capital and TechnologyThere's a bill in Congress to reduce the regulatory burdens for public companies that have less than $1bn in revenues and/or have been public for less than five years. The name is too long so I call it the "sub $1bn IPO bill." " This is a good bill. It should become law.
- [Venture Capital] Bitcoin Update
Venture Capital and TechnologyI wrote a post about Bitcoin last November wondering if it was over or if we were just in a down phase in the hype cycle ([link]. In the nine months since that post, Bitcoin has made a nice recovery. The price is up and volume of transactions is increasing.
- [Venture Capital] Random Inbound Email
Venture Capital and Technology 'I was talking to a friend yesterday about how I process random inbound email and I thought I ought to share this with everyone. So here it goes. get a ton of unsolicited inbound email from people I don't know. If the mail is from a person, it generally gets into my priority inbox and I see it.
- [Venture Capital] Users First, Brands Second
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI like simple ways to think about things. Like mobile first, web second. These kinds of constructs work for me. One that I've been using a lot lately to describe what we like and don't like as much is User First, Brands Second. You can focus on getting everyday internet users first.
- [Venture Capital] Rethinking Mobile First
mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Typing is easier.
- [Venture Capital] Simplicity, The Emerging UI, and Machine Learning
mobile Venture Capital and TechnologyLong title. Short post. Daring Fireball says : The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple’s innovation. It’s the simplest, most obvious “system” ever designed. It is a false and foolish but widespread misconception that “innovation” goes only in the direction of additional complexity.
- [Venture Capital] What's Wrong With Sensationalist Media
NYC Venture Capital and TechnologyCheck out this email I got from a major media company this past week: I was just talking to my boss about New York's tech scene and the types of stories I should go after. He But beyond the typical, there must be some stories that have gone unreported or overlooked. Ugghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
- [Venture Capital] In Defense Of Free
mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI have written so much about free here at AVC that it should be called AVFree. In fact, I've even written a post with this exact same title (almost exactly seven years ago, the summer we invested in twitter, zynga, and tumblr). First, let me say this is specifically not about Twitter.
ONSTARTUPS [Venture Capital] Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?
| TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011
They’ve taken the classic venture capital playbook and out-executed just about everyone. Google Ventures , a co-investor alongside Sequoia in HubSpot’s series D, is one such firm. Ways Google Ventures is Attempting to Disrupt the VC Industry. The cash component of a venture capital financing is clearly useful.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: The 2007 Blackberry Shootout
Venture Capital and Technology 'We are going back in time for this one. This went down before Twitter, Tumblr, Zynga, and a host of other things that happened in 2007. This also happened before I had done a deal with Bijan. Maybe the spanking he gave me here was the catalyst to change that.
- [Venture Capital] Sixteen Years Ago
That same week the SOFTBANK Ventures team in the US did an offsite in Boston. Rich is a managing partner at Avalon Ventures and he invested in Zynga along with me and Brad (the Pincus connection lives on). Gary runs one of the top venture funds in China. Charley runs an early stage venture firm in Boston.
- [Venture Capital] MBA Tuesday
Jeff and I sat in front of Tom's class Launching Technology Ventures and talked for almost 2 hours on topics like Lean Startup Methodology, Pivoting, doing a startup vs joining a startup, and more. MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technologycan tell you this, the HBS I visited is not the HBS I used to know. As it should be.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Give Your VCs Assignments
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010
Give your venture capitalists (and board members) assignments. Tags: Entrepreneurship board members Venture Capital Over the weekend, Mark Suster wrote a great post titled How To Communicate with your Investors between Board Meetings. Mark continues to just tear it up with great advice for entrepreneurs. They should.
- [Venture Capital] Going For It
Venture Capital and TechnologyOne of the things I admire most about entrepreneurs is their ability to "go for it", to put themselves out there and take a risk. few weeks ago, Adi Sideman, founder and CEO of our portfolio company YouNow , did this on state at TechCrunch Disrupt and I was blown away by it.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?
| MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010
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- [Venture Capital] The Venture Diet Is Working
The 2009 data on venture capital investments is out now. I've written in the past that $15bn per year is a good number given the " Venture Capital Math Problem." Related articles by Zemanta 2009 venture investments lowest since 1997, cleantech fell 52 percent (MoneyTree report) (deals.venturebeat.com).
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