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The Cloud Computing Battle

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The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out?

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The 7 Business Slides for Startups

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You’re an early stage entrepreneur building a Web-based subscription business. You have your board meeting coming up soon, or you’re sitting down with your close advisors. What information should you provide? How should you focus the discussion? I’d suggest 7 business slides to help frame the conversation. The 7 slides: 1. trial ? Sales/marketing.

How Much Should A Startup Founder/CEO Pay Herself?

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This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. The lower the CEO salary, the more likely it is to succeed. million.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

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The seed market for tech startups — particularly digital media, social, local, and mobile — is very active. Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. ” To answer that here, it’s important to remember that every situation is unique. Have a lead investor. Do your homework.

Boston Mobile Madness

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At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston. Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment. Please let me know if I am missing anyone! Applications. Jason Jacobs. Jamie Hall, Justin Siegel.

Corporate Development 101: What Every Startup Should Know

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This was orginally posted at OnStartups. What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development. Our charter was simple: add significant market cap value through acquisitions, investments, and partnerships.

Clovr at Finnovate

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Good overview by Tom and Doug explaining the Clovr platform at Finnovate: Boston Digital media Investments Portfolio Startups

Yieldbot = intent data for publishers

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Jonathan Mendez wrote a great post on Yieldbot’s product which is just about to come out of beta: click here. I saw the demo last week and was impressed. The team has done a terrific job in building a very complex product. Visitor intent is something Publishers have not understood or monetized for far too long.

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

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Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr Media now Linkable Networks

Early Stage Adventures

Yesterday Clovr made two big announcements. Boston Digital media Portfolio

Clovr at Finnovate

Early Stage Adventures

Good overview by Tom and Doug explaining the Clovr platform at Finnovate: Boston Digital media Investments Portfolio Startups

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

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This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. I wear two hats one as a general partner of a couple of seed stage VC funds, the other as an occasional angel investor. Wearing my angel-investing hat, I wanted to highlight an issue that I encourage founders to be careful about when pitching.

Don’t Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

Early Stage Adventures

This post originally appeared on Dharmesh Shah’s wonderful blog – OnStartups. I wear two hats one as a general partner of a couple of seed stage VC funds, the other as an occasional angel investor. Wearing my angel-investing hat, I wanted to highlight an issue that I encourage founders to be careful about when pitching.

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston. Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment. Please let me know if I am missing anyone! Applications. Jason Jacobs. Jamie Hall, Justin Siegel.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

The seed market for tech startups — particularly digital media, social, local, and mobile — is very active. Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. ” To answer that here, it’s important to remember that every situation is unique. Have a lead investor. Do your homework.

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

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Nick Francis, CEO Help Scout, did a terrific write up on the team’s experience in the Boston Tech Star program. If you are thinking about the Tech Stars program, its a must read. full post here ). Angel investing Boston Startups Tech Stars

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

Early Stage Adventures

Nick Francis, CEO Help Scout, did a terrific write up on the team’s experience in the Boston Tech Star program. If you are thinking about the Tech Stars program, its a must read. full post here ). Angel investing Boston Startups Tech Stars

Yieldbot = intent data for publishers

Early Stage Adventures

Jonathan Mendez wrote a great post on Yieldbot’s product which is just about to come out of beta: click here. I saw the demo last week and was impressed. The team has done a terrific job in building a very complex product. Visitor intent is something Publishers have not understood or monetized for far too long.

Practically Green on ABC News

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A very nice ABC tv segment on Practically Green: Boston Digital media Portfolio

Practically Green on ABC News

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A very nice ABC tv segment on Practically Green: Boston Digital media Portfolio

Great Opportunity at Carbonite

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Carbonite is looking for a social media specialist who will run the day to day social media operations. See: [link]. Great company and awesome job. Boston Investments Portfolio

Convertible and SAFE Notes

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Angel/seed rounds used to be done via priced equity securities, either common or preferred. Then, starting about ten years ago, we started to see convertible debt being used in the angel and seed rounds. By 2010 this was the norm and Paul Graham tweeted this in Aug 2010: Convertible notes have won. Paul Graham (@paulg) August 28, 2010. I do not.

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

I’ve written previously about why we created Foundry Group Next. It starts with the people. We also know many of the entrepreneurs in their portfolio.

The No Excuses Culture

Steve Blank

Getting ready for our next semester’s class, I asked my Teaching Assistant why I hadn’t seen the posters for our new class around campus. That was it.

The Three Machines

Feld Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. But it might.

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The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. VC & Technology

Framework Benchmarks

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About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Results.

Don’t let process distract you from finding the strategy

Steve Blank

When you’re up to your neck in alligators, don’t forget the goal was to drain the swamp. I love teaching because I learn something new every class.

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past , today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains.

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The Investment Memo

View from Seed

VC evaluation of seed-stage startups can seem arbitrary or imitative at times. Internally, the scarcity of tangible business metrics – product usage or revenue multiples for example – can make an investment decision feel daunting. The discipline here – as with the whole memo – is being clear and concise.

What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward. As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016. I thought AR/VR and wearables would disappoint in 2016. They did. We re-learned an old lesson: PC v. ISO; VHS v.

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The End Of The Level Playing Field

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am old enough to remember the gogo days of cable TV when entrepreneurs who wanted to launch a new cable channel would go, hat in hand and cap table in tow, to the big cable companies and beg to get distribution on their networks. When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we saw something completely different. There is no doubt about that.

Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Don’t we know it. We love LA! startup venture-capital

Using Debt Like Growth Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack , consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary Jet.com had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel. Insiders could have stepped up but didn’t.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It sure feels like the long awaited headwinds have arrived and the tailwinds are behind us for now. A friend sent me this chart today.

Frameworks Round 1

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You are viewing the first round of web application framework benchmarks. We have left this first round intact as a historical record. Higher is better.

Alexa, Techstars, and Cooper

Feld Thoughts

I thought I’d give some a try. If you have an Alexa, give these a try. What is the Alexa Accelerator? What is a start-up accelerator?/What

Reserves

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Reserves is the term VCs use to describe funds they “reserve” for follow-on financings of their portfolio companies. This is not true for angel investors, seed funds, growth funds, and strategic investors. I don’t mean to be disparaging of these other sources of capital. They all are important at various stages of development.

The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons

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Jessi Hempel from Backchannel just wrote an amazing profile piece on my close friend Jerry Colonna. It’s titled This Man Makes Founders Cry.

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