Inflation 1996 - 2016


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What if it’s 1996, not 1999?

Seeing Both Sides

In May 1996, Open Market completed a successful IPO and more than doubled on the first day of trading, ending with a $1.2 But what if it’s actually more akin to 1996? 2011 is the first year where it feels like a real boom – much like 1996.

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Here Are All the Things Steve Jobs Correctly Predicted 20 Years Ago About the Internet

Inc Startups

A 1996 interview the Apple co-founder gave reveals just how clearly he saw where the tech industry was headed

What Everyone Is Getting Totally Wrong About Emotional Intelligence

Inc Startups

If you go back to 1996, you can rediscover what it really means. EQ is not defined properly.


15 Quotes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Help You Save the World.and Rescue Yourself from Mediocrity

Inc Startups

In 1996, Joss Whedon introduced a teenage heroine who saved the world for 7 seasons. Twenty years later, the show still has a lot to say about leadership

WVU hits 6 HRs, routs Terps 9-1 in 1st NCAA game since 1996

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) AP) — Kyle Davis hit two of West Virginia's six home runs, and the Mountaineers routed Maryland 9-1 on Friday in their first NCAA Tournament game in 21 years

The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons

Feld Thoughts

I’ve known and worked with Jerry since 1996. 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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Lessons Learned from Bill Gross' 35 IPOs/Exits and 40 Failures

Redeye VC

billion and 35 successful IPOs/acquisitions – and that’s just since 1996. Discuss on Hacker News As the founder of Idealab, Bill Gross has advised and helped fund more than 100 companies, been involved with 300 rounds of financing of more than $3.5

How to Work with Your Spouse--without Killing Each Other

Inc Startups

David Liu and Carley Roney co-founded The Knot in 1996. 18 years later, they have three children, a healthy marriage, and a successful company. These are their best guesses as to how they did it


Video Of The Week: Jerry Colonna on ThisWeekIn

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back in 1996, at the very start of Flatiron Partners, Jerry Colonna, who started Flatiron with me, introduced me to Jason Calacanis. We hired Jason to do some due diligence for us on a potential investment in Geocities. That's how I met Jason.

Generational Transition In VC Firms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And so did Don Valentine in 1996 when he passed the baton to Mike and Doug. Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit , my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman , who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003.

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

FullContact Continues Its Journey To Solve The Contact Management Problem

Feld Thoughts

My first company (Feld Technologies) was acquired by a company doing a rollup (AmeriData – acquired 40 companies between 1992 and 1996 when it was then acquired by GE Capital.)

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.

Sunday Morning With the Wayback Machine

Feld Thoughts

There is a ton of history here that’s good basis for longer blog posts at some point, but for now I’ll leave you with the Flatiron Partners website from 3/29/98 along with a special bonus link to the Flatiron Partners 1996 Holiday Card.

Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp


Baer founded the Austin-based company under the name of Skylist in 1996 and later sold it. Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Capital Factory, has joined the board of directors of PostUp, formerly known as PulseConnect, an email marketing software company. “Although I founded the company almost 20 years ago, PostUp still offers a […] The post Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp appeared first on SiliconHills.

How to Make OKRs Actually Work at Your Startup

Redeye VC

After becoming Netscape’s youngest employee in 1996, working to launch Mozilla, and co-founding Tellme, he’d seen how hard it is to implement something that actually makes a difference. In 2013 alone, Swipely jumped from 30 to 80 employees. Teams swelled and split, and people filled new roles with new directives. It reached that ironic point where, while growing strong, a company is also at its most delicate — with culture, productivity and alignment all in flux.

Who's an Entrepreneur Now?

Inc Startups

since 1996. A graphical breakdown shows how founder demographics have changed across the U.S. As U.S. entrepreneurship has grown over the last 15 years, entrepreneurs themselves have changed as well.

What Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead Thinks of Jon Stewart's Legacy

Inc Startups

The woman who co-founded ''The Daily Show'' in 1996 offered Stewart a resounding ''thank you'' for how he shaped it


Can You Beat Amazon In The Race To Overnight Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

They Can’t Kill You And They Can’t Eat You

Feld Thoughts

Len and I co-founded Interliant (originally Sage Networks) with Steve Maggs and Rajat Bhargava in 1996. His last company – the one he built with Jerry Poch that had acquired my first company – was bought in 1996 by GE Capital for $500 million. It’s the summer of 2001. The NASDAQ peak is in the rear view mirror. Many Internet companies are struggling.

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Your Next Startup Will Likely Be Run By a Boomer

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The number of Baby Boomers starting a business from 1996 to 2011 rose nearly 7 percent, while the start-up rate by those aged 20 to 44 fell about 5 percent.

On Bubbles …

It was 1996 when Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan first uttered the now historic phrase “ irrational exuberance.” And the venture capital firms that pulled back in 1996 missed the best three years of return in the history of venture capital industry.

Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

These could convince you that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3

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Baby Boomers Are Surpassing Gen-Y As Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3

My First Experience As A Venture Capitalist

Feld Thoughts

We never invested in anything together, but after I moved to Boulder, I got a call from Charley one day in early 1996. And it’s been very interesting since that point back in 1996. 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).

Reblog: VC Cliché of the Week

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

He and his partner Milt Pappas taught me the venture capital business from 1986 to 1996 when I worked with them at their firm, Euclid Partners. Back in the early days of this blog I had a series called VC Cliche Of The Week. I’m not sure how long I ran it but I did eventually run out of material and phased it out.

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Book: No Better Time

Feld Thoughts

As a judge for the MIT $50k until 1996, there were always a lot of VCs hanging around. I’ve been reading a lot lately. On an almost daily basis, someone out in the world sends me a physical book, which I love. While I have something like 500 unread books on my Kindle, I still love laying on the couch reading a physical book. So the stacks of books that show up keep me company and I chomp through them whenever I need a break from everything else.

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.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

Our first LPs from 1996 were industry players who put us in business: Carrefour (the large European retailer), DLJ (the former investment bank) and a billionaire software exec.

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Two Must Read Books For The AVC Community

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I met Brad in 1996. There are many themes that grace this page from time to time. Two of the most common are the rise of startup communities and the role that the Internet can play in allowing society to governing itself.

Your Wall Is Dingy

Feld Thoughts

Between 1996 and 2002 I was co-chairman of Interliant, a company I co-founded with three other people. As I procrastinate from going for a run this morning, I started writing a post titled The Pro-Rata Gap Myth. After two paragraphs, I got tired of writing it and hit the “ this is b t ” wall – it’s too complicated to explain a myth that I’m not sure even matters. So I deleted the post and decided to tell a story instead.

Partners Forever (or close to it)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am still technically a partner in a venture capital firm (Euclid Partners) that I left in early 1996. Mitt Romney is taking some flack for continuing to have ongoing involvement in Bain Capital well after he supposedly left the firm for good in 1999. I am not supporting Romney for President as I can't get comfortable with his party's views on social issues that matter a lot to me. But I have a fair bit of empathy for him on this specific issue.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

The number of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business has grown from 14 percent in 1996 to over 30 percent last year. Since the recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

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Book: Sailing an Alien Sea

Feld Thoughts

I’ve known Cindy and her husband Terry Gold since 1996, shortly after I moved to Boulder. I love reading books written by friends. Knowing how incredibly hard it is to write a book, I enjoy fiction even more, since it’s something I’ve never tried to write. My friend Cindy Gold wrote Sailing an Alien Sea about a year ago. I read it last month and loved it. I was an early board member, then angel investor, and subsequently VC investor in Terry’s company Gold Systems.

Bora Bora Biographies

Feld Thoughts

Maybe it was awesome in 1996 when it came out, but it felt slow and dated in 2015. I read over 40 books in my month off the grid in Bora Bora recently. I’ve had many requests to blog about my reading list but rather than do one big long post I thought I’d break it up into several “longish” different posts over time. If all you are interested in is my reading list, my Goodreads Brad Feld account has everything I’ve read in reverse chronological order.

Embracing ambiguity

The Equity Kicker

In my first year in my first job (way back in 1996…) my mentor advised me to “embrace ambiguity” I was struggling because the details of the project I was working weren’t clear and it was affecting my work. I wanted certainty so I could deliver on my corner of the project better. That’s understandable, and very human, but also impractical.

I Choose Austin

Austin Startup

He founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He's currently the CEO of OtherInbox and Director of Capital Factory. Joshua has helped start a dozen companies, sold four of them, invested in more than fifty of them, and is a mentor to many others.

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The future of food production – reasons to be hopeful

The Equity Kicker

Going forward here are three new technologies that should help maintain this trend: Genetically engineered crops: In 1996 there were 1.7

Your Computer May Already be Hacked – NSA Inside?

Steve Blank

Starting in 1996 with the Intel P6 (Pentium Pro) to today’s P7 chips (Core i7) these processors contain instructions that are reprogrammable in what is called microcode. In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell.