North Carolina man fails to prove innocence in 1994 murder

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

BOONE — A North Carolina judicial panel ruled Friday that a convicted killer who has already spent 21 years of a life sentence behind bars has failed to prove his innocence in a murder case, which an innocence commission determined

Efforts continue to free NC man imprisoned for 1994 murder

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH — Advocates for a North Carolina man imprisoned for almost 22 years for a murder he says he didn't commit are continuing efforts to free him even as chances dwindle for a legal remedy

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Entrepreneur Louise Epstein Shares her Secrets to Success on Ideas to Invoices


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and reporter with Silicon Hills News In 1994, Louise Epstein launched Charge-Off Clearinghouse after serving on the Austin City Council. “I I went on a shameless search to find out what was happening in the world,” Epstein said. There was an explosion in credit card debt and an explosion in debt that […] The post Entrepreneur Louise Epstein Shares her Secrets to Success on Ideas to Invoices appeared first on SiliconHills. Ideas to Invoices Podcast

Kenneth Cole on Why Going Private Was the Smartest Thing He Ever Did

Inc Startups

Shoe designer Kenneth Cole took his company public in 1994, but he took it private again in 2012 so he could re-infuse it with the creativity that made it famous

Man charged in cop chase was convicted in 1994 drug murder

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Police in Connecticut say a North Carolina man charged with throwing almost a pound of cocaine out of a car during a chase on Interstate 95 was convicted in a 1994 drug murder STAMFORD, Conn. (AP)

What’s Old Is New Again

Feld Thoughts

Between 1994 and 1996 I made 40 angel investments with the money I made from the sale of my first company. I know I’m getting old. I remember in 2007 when the idea of a super angel appeared, where successful entrepreneurs were suddenly angel investors making 10 or more seed investments a year. This was a “new” innovation that was celebrated with much fanfare.

Bitcoin: things only grow this fast when something important is happening

The Equity Kicker

Bezos founded Amazon in 1994, so this was the data he was looking at. Coindesk just published their quarterly ‘ State of Bitcoin ‘ presentation.

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The Best Approach To A Board Package

Feld Thoughts

I joined my first board of a company other than mine in 1994 (NetGenesis). For any that aren’t awesome, I’ve tried to kill the experiment quickly so it didn’t hurt anything and when I reflect on everything I’ve tried I think I’ve managed to “do no harm”, which is more than I can say for a lot of the other VCs who I’ve sat on boards with since 1994. Since then, I’ve sat on hundreds of boards and been to a zillion board meetings.

Can You Beat Amazon In The Race To Overnight Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. - Jeff Bezos founded in 1994 and took it public three years later, making him a multibillionaire. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

I’ve asserted for a long time that Silicon Valley is a collection of startup communities, which includes San Francisco, Marin (the first board I was on – in 1994 – was for a company in San Rafael), Oakland, Redwood *, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale.

Moving To Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

By the end of 1994 I had a staff job, reporting to the co-chairmen of AmeriData where I travelled all over the US helping with acquisitions and generally causing trouble. Nope – Amy and I aren’t moving to Homer.

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The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

When I made 40 seed investments between 1994 and 1996, I had a philosophy that I’d double down on a seed investment. Here’s the scenario. A company raises $1m of seed money from angels in a convertible note with a $6m cap. Assuming equity is raised at or above that cap, the total dilution, before the new money, is 16.6% (equivalent to an equity financing of $1m at a $6m post money valuation. The company spends the $1m building and launching their first product.

The First Board Meeting

Feld Thoughts

It was 1994. Do you remember your first board meeting? Well, I sort of do, kind of, maybe. Danielle Morrill of Mattermark memorialized her first board meeting on the web in her post Post Series A Life: Reflecting on Our First Board Meeting and What It’s Like Working with Brad. It’s a detailed view of her expectations leading up to the first board meeting we had along with the blow by blow from her perspective of the board meeting.

20 years on

Hazard Lights

This compares to 1994 when the industry invested $4.1B Further, the innovation is far far more global with markets such as China and India raising and investing significant amounts of capital, up from virtually nothing 20 years ago, while markets where there was some level of VC in 1994, such as Europe and Israel, have also seen tremendous growth and expansion. This December marks 20 years since I made my first venture investment.

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Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

Before the Internet (1970 to 1994). I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” ” I’m open to different titles – if you’ve got ideas just put them in the comments. Following is the current table of contents. It’s still pretty dynamic as I’m adding stuff while I’m writing.

Your Computer May Already be Hacked – NSA Inside?

Steve Blank

After a particularly embarrassing math bug in 1994 that cost Intel $475 million, the company decided to fix the problem by allowing it’s microprocessors to load fixes automatically when your computer starts. In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

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

Feld Thoughts

I started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. Mark Suster wrote a great post yesterday titled The Resetting of the Startup Industry. Go read it now – I’ll wait. Once again, as we find ourselves in the middle of a significant public market correction, especially around technology stocks, there’s an enormous amount of noise in the system, as there always is.

Guess How Long Overnight Success Really Takes

Startup Professionals Musings

This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. - Jeff Bezos founded in 1994 and took it public three years later, making him a multibillionaire. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999?

Feld Thoughts

The web appeared in 1994 and a completely different method of communication started its long march into integrating in our universe. I spent the day yesterday doing Denver Startup Week stuff. I was on a bunch of panels and during one of the Q&A sessions someone asked something to the effect of: “Now that things are moving faster than ever before, how do you deal with / keep up with them?”

Come hang with me while I interview Atlanta startup legend Charles Brewer!

Jeff Hilimire

Charles, as many of you know, is one of the first startup successes in Atlanta, founding MindSpring in 1994. Mr. Brewer is one of Atlanta’s first startup success stories, bringing to life one of the largest ISP’s in the country from his Midtown Atlanta apartment in 1994. I’m so excited about this! On March 2nd I am going to be interviewing Charles Brewer in a fireside chat.

Book Review: The Intel Trinity

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Steve Jobs, in a 1994 interview, said that once you discover that everything around you that we call “life” — rules, expectations, institutions, buildings, companies, theories, and so on — were made by people no smarter than you, everything changes.

Top 25 SEO bloggers you should follow in 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

He founded the Web’s very first online promotion services, called NetPOST and URLwire in 1994. The same year, helped Jeff Bezos announce’s launch back in 1994. Looking for some SEO tips or want to hire someone to improve your website's SEO?

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AngelList Accreditation Report

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I’ve made about 200 angel investments and over 50 VC fund investments at this point since 1994 and I’ve filled out some version of this form at least 250 times.

Book: March

Feld Thoughts

I had a great digital sabbath today. I was wiped out from the week so I slept until 10am, had breakfast, and then crawled back into bed with Amy until 2pm. I spent the afternoon on the couch reading March by John Lewis , Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

An Interview with Notation Capital about Starting VC Funds

Feld Thoughts

They walked me through multiple origin stories, including how I started making angel investments (1994), the origin of Mobius / Softbank Venture Capital (1996-1997), the origin of Foundry Group (2007), and the creation of Foundry Group Next (2015-2016). Last month I had dinner at Pizzeria Locale in Boulder and did a long interview with Nick Chirls and Alex Lines of Notation Capital for their podcast. Dinner was about them and as they learned, if you trek out to Boulder, dinner is on me.

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The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In my mental model of Silicon Valley, the first "tree" was Fairchild Semiconductor (founded in 1957) which begat Intel (founded 1968) which begat Apple (1976) and Oracle (1977), which begat Sun (1982), Silicon Graphics (1981), and Cisco (1984) which begat Siebel (1993) and Netscape (1994), which begat Yahoo! This weekend finds NYC in between Internet Week (which I largely missed because of my London trip) and Disrupt NYC (which I will be at on and off this coming week).

My Talk at MIT: Beyond Finance, Considering Business and Social Impact of Blockchains


One of the reasons I started investing in the blockchain space 4 years ago was the rush I got learning about the tech at my first bitcoin conference – akin to the chills I got when I first logged into the Internet in 1994, when I was deeply passionate about more equal access to education. A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference entitled “Business of Blockchains” that the MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab organized in Cambridge.

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Ben Mezrich’s New Book – Q

Feld Thoughts

I met Niel a few months after I made my first angel investment in NetGenesis in 1994 – he was the fifth employee. I am an enormous Ben Mezrich fan – I’ve read almost everything he’s every written.

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Start Every Board Meeting With A Demo

Feld Thoughts

When I first started investing in 1994, this was the norm. I find three hour “reporting board meetings&# where everyone sits around and goes through a 50 page PowerPoint deck to be tedious.

The Reputational Damage of Non-Responsiveness

Feld Thoughts

Rather, I’m making an observation about something I’ve experienced – both as an entrepreneur and investor – since my first angel investment in 1994. VCs love to say things like “we are entrepreneur friendly.” ” It’s trendy, catchy, and looks good on a blog post. But, as I’ve said in my post Your Words Should Match Your Actions , one can “ damage their reputations by having their words not match up with their actions.”

The Link Between Infinite Computing and Machine Learning

Feld Thoughts

Since I started investing in 1994, I’ve been dealing with the annual cycle of the hot new thing. At the Formlabs Digital Factory event in June, Carl Bass used the phrase Infinite Computing in his keynote. I’d heard it before, but I liked it in this context and it finally sparked a set of thoughts which felt worthy of a rant. For 50 years, computer scientists have been talking about AI.

CEO Bootcamp with Jerry Colonna

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

We first met in 1994 when I was a chairman of NetGenesis. It’s really hard to be a CEO. Becoming a great CEO takes a lot of time, work, focus, coaching, and introspection. My very close friend Jerry Colonna is hosting his second CEO Bootcamp from April 2 – April 6.

Jeff Bezos attended 60 investor meetings to raise $1m from 22 people, just to get Amazon started

The Next Web

” While hindsight is a wonderful thing, back in the dark days of 1994 when Amazon was founded, the Internet was far from the mainstream consciousness, so it’s understandable there would be a lot of hesitation to pump cash into this very early e-commerce initiative.

Mentors 6/18: The Best Mentor Relationships Eventually Become Two-Way

Feld Thoughts

After I sold my company and started investing in companies in 1994, Charlie and I talked regularly about the Internet, which was just emerging as something that large companies should pay attention to.

Mattermark – An Example of How We Decide to Invest

Feld Thoughts

When I first started investing as an angel investor in 1994, I was focused on a very simple set of criteria. There is a moment during the exploration of a new relationship where a switch flips and the answer is “I want to do this.” ” 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.

My First Experience As A Venture Capitalist

Feld Thoughts

I was one of the most prolific Internet angel investors in Boston at this point (1994 – 1995) so our paths crossed periodically. I often get asked how I ended up becoming a venture capitalist. When people ask me how they can become a VC, I point them to my partner Seth Levine’s excellent blog posts How to become a venture capitalist and How to get a job in venture capital (revisited).

How Does A Small Company Make A Big Company Successful?

Feld Thoughts

When I started investing in 1994, I was involved with a few large companies. tl;dr: As a small company, focus on two things with big companies: “1. What can we, the small company do, to make the big company successful? What can I do, as a leader of a small company, do to help the people I’m working with at the big company be successful within the big company?” ” I was on the phone yesterday with the head of corp dev for a very large tech company.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

By 1994 the big software wins of the 1980’s were already funded or public.” In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980’s. While I don’t know Jerry very well, I like him and thought his post was extremely detailed and thoughtful. However, there were some things in it that didn’t ring true for me. I sent out a few emails to mentors of mine who had been VCs in the 1980s.

Tianyi Joe Zhu, Entrepreneur and Startup Advocate

The Startup Magazine

About Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC): The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1994.

Book: The Business of Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

” My review of it is really simple: “I wish I had this book in 1994 when I made my first angel investment, and then again in 1996 when I made my first VC investment. In the fall of 2010 Mahendra Ramsinghani reached out to me by email about a new book he was working on called The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies.