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SXSW is a Strong Reflection of What’s Hot in Austin says Hugh Forrest on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher with Silicon Hills News When South by Southwest started in 1987, it was a music only event and in 1994, the Interactive conference launched. What was state of the art in 1994 was […]. There was this thing called the Web but not many people understood what it was,” said Hugh Forrest. The post SXSW is a Strong Reflection of What’s Hot in Austin says Hugh Forrest on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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

SiliconHills

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

Austin: The New Gateway for International Startups

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The thing that makes Austin a great town for an international startup, according to Jean Belanger of Pruf Technologies who moved his Montreal company to Austin in 1994, is the character of the place.

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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.

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4 key traits retailers need to adopt to thrive in 2018

The Next Web

On August 11, 1994, the first ever ecommerce transaction occurred when a 21-year-old in New Hampshire named Dan Kohn sold a copy of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales to a friend in Philadelphia who paid $12.48

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. Amazon.com - Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com 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.

CU Boulder’s New Venture Challenge 10th Anniversary

Feld Thoughts

The entire experience was foundational for me, both as an entrepreneur and an early angel investor (I started investing in 1994 after I sold my first company at the end of 1993.). Tonight, the New Venture Challenge at CU Boulder is having its 10th anniversary. It’s happening at the Boulder Theater from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and is open to the public. Register here to attend if you are interested.

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. Amazon.com - Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com 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.

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.

Guess How Long Overnight Success Really Takes

Startup Professionals Musings

This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. Amazon.com - Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com 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 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.

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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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RSS: The Persistent Protocol

Feld Thoughts

We’ve been investing in companies built around technology protocols since 1994. One of our themes is Protocol. One of my first investments, when I moved to Boulder in 1995, was in a company called Email Publishing, which was the very first email service provider. SMTP has been very good to me. We made some of the early investments in companies built around RSS, including FeedBurner and NewsGator. RSS is a brilliant, and very durable, protocol.

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Every Entrepreneur Dreams of an Overnight Success

Startup Professionals Musings

This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. Amazon.com - Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com 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. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

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 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.

JumpCloud is Hiring 50 Engineers in Boulder

Feld Thoughts

Since 1994, I’ve worked with the CEO, Rajat Bhargava , on eight companies and I’m psyched about the company and culture that the team is building there.

AngelList Accreditation Report

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.

Overnight Startup Successes Usually Take Years

Startup Professionals Musings

This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. Amazon.com - Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com 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 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.

Revolutions and pleasure

Start Up Blog

In the October 1994 Issue of Wired , Gary Wolfe said in an article, article about Mosiac (the worlds first GUI web browser) and the coming internet revolution.

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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?”

Digital Transformation And The Evolution of Apps – What’s The Link?

YoungUpstarts

It was launched in 1994, and had over 10 inbuilt apps. by Keiichiro Nozaki, Regional Marketing Architect/Evangelist of Asia Pacific, China, and Japan for F5 Networks. A century ago, we had the industrial revolution. It transformed how we manufactured, well, everything.

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Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet). 1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”.

CEO Bootcamp with Jerry Colonna

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.

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.

The Power Of Honesty In An Entrepreneur – VC Relationship

Feld Thoughts

Rajat Bhargava and I have been working together since 1994. We’ve been involved in creating eight companies together (the most recent ones are MobileDay and Yesware ) and, while most have been successful, we’ve had a huge number of positive and negative experiences along the way. We’ve mostly had a lot of fun and, when we haven’t, we always made sure we figured out what went wrong. Minda Zetlin just put up an interview with us on the Inc.

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.

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Three Common Expense Tracking Mistakes

YoungUpstarts

He graduated from the University of Utah with Honors in 1994 with a BA in Accounting and earned his MACC from Southern Utah University in 1995. by William Olsen, CPA, Co-founder and VP of Product Development at Deductr.

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Head, Heart, and Hands: 3 Essentials for Startup Success

Up and Running

And when Jeff Bezos started Amazon in 1994, many people had never even heard of something called the internet. This article is part of our Business Startup Guide —a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time!

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.

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.

Oblong Dazzles More Than Just Me

Feld Thoughts

More of the history is at Oblong’s post origins: arriving here that go back to 1994. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you know that I’m a huge believer that the way we interact with computers in 20 years will be radically different than how we interact with them today.

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.

Return Path Launches Email Intelligence

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been investing in and around email since my first email-related investment in 1994 in a company very creatively named “Email Publishing” which was the very first email service provider. Today, Return Path launched three new products and reframed its business as “email intelligence.” ” Matt Blumberg, Return Path’s CEO has an excellent post up titled Email Intelligence and the new Return Path.

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The Doughnuts of Emily Eveleth

Feld Thoughts

My favorite Emily Eveleth moment was a Zippy the Pinhead cartoon from 1994 which I’ve been trying to find forever. Emily Eveleth, a favorite artist of mine and Amy’s, was profiled in the Boston Globe this weekend in an article titled It’s Time To Paint The Doughnuts. My long time friend Shawn Broderick (who runs TechStars Boston) knows about our Emily doughnut obsession and pointed it out to me.

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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).

What QR Codes Can Do For Event Marketing

YoungUpstarts

Invented in 1994, as the smartphone became more commonplace so too did the use of QR codes. Quick Read (QR) codes have lingered on the fringes of marketing for some time.

Entrepreneurs and #RubyRiot In Boston

Feld Thoughts

I started my first company (Feld Technologies) here in 1987 and made my first angel investment (NetGenesis) here in 1994. If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s that nothing is static. Periodically the meme surfaces that “the only place you can create a great software / Internet company is in the bay area.&#

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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.”