Rover Cuddles Up to $12 Million

Feld Thoughts

We invested in the company in 1999 during the ascension of the Internet bubble. We loved the two founders, Michael Beaudoin and Rodney Rice, but knew very little about marketplace businesses or the home improvement category. In 2000, Michael and Rodney cut the business drastically, changed the business model to a lead-fee system, which they pioneered online. Today, Rover announced that Menlo Ventures has led a new $12m round of financing.

The next phase of innovation

Start Up Blog

This can be done through products, services, methods, processes, business models or governance. . Only one of which, was on the list in 1999 – that being Microsoft.

24 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. No matter the tale, the background behind each and every business is what fuels each and brand.

Economic Moats: Who Has Them? And How Do You Get One?

ConversionXL

The concept of “economic moats” came from a 1999 Fortune article by Warren Buffett: The key to investing is [.] A moat-building project can be far simpler while still working toward the same goal: a sustainable, decisive business advantage. But demand won’t scale.

[INTERVIEW] Kris Thorkelson, Entrepreneur And Business Leader

YoungUpstarts

One of my pharmacy contacts was looking at this business model in 1999, and asked for my input,” Thorkelson said. “It Because there’s more to life as an entrepreneur than you can get by focusing on one arena, Thorkelson expanded his business interests into real estate.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve stated my animal bias in the title – but each can work for different business types. You’ve got 8 people and are serving a business unit that has 5,000. On some level we felt we did because being a SaaS company in 1999 was trailblazing.

The Lean Entrepreneur is here

Startup Lessons Learned

A few of the detailed case studies include: Tech legend Bill Gross building an MVP in 1999 to test demand for online car sales, which grew into CarsDirect.com. These business model assumptions are then ripe for testing, measuring and iterating upon.

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Entrepreneurship in the Fast Lane

Growthink Blog

If you don’t have a business that can scale globally, then either don’t bother or just content yourself with staying small. Try these statistics on for size, from 1999 to today Asia’s share of the world’s Initial Public Offerings grew from 12% to 66%. How / must your business model evolve to leverage these new opportunities? And an environment that encourages and demands learning and constant improvement of people and processes.

The Future is Better than You Think

Growthink Blog

Try these statistics on for size, from 1999 to today Asia’s share of the world’s Initial Public Offerings grew from 12% to 66%. How / must your business model evolve to leverage these new opportunities? Modern business, shaped by technology, is increasingly diverging to two nodes – on the one hand to great size quickly (see Google, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, et al.) And an environment that encourages and demands learning and constant improvement of people and processes.

Scaling is Hard, Case Study: Akamai

Seeing Both Sides

Facebook and Google would be obvious choices for this, but so much has been written about each of them and they represent such special business models, I worried that it would be both hard for entrepreneurs to relate and hard for me to develop new insights.

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Both Sides of the Table

The model is all wrong. It is a channel disguised in business clothing. I would argue that if Apple’s app model continues to succeed it is bad for your health. But here are the major problems if this model holds: - Every developer now has to have an iPhone development team.

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Invest in Israel Newsletter December 2010 Edition

VC Cafe

Virtualization technology is increasingly in demand as large corporations try to cut back on hardware in their data centers. Placement on the list was determined by a combination of the company’s G/SCORE assessment, stage and pace of growth, and business potential.

In Spite of Avatar, The Movie Business is Dead

Growthink Blog

What is the future of Pay-Per-View/Video-on-Demand (PPV and VOD)? Video-on-demand alone is estimated to grow from a $1.1 billion dollar business this year to $5 billion by 2012, taking market share away from DVD retailers and intensifying the carriers' ambition to bid for the best (and first run) titles. Lee, quite simply, has forgotten WAY more about the entertainment business than most of will ever know (see his biography below). Nothing is more important to U.S.

Do Movies Even Matter Anymore?

Growthink Blog

The movie business of today is all "pre-sold" IP. What is the future of Pay-Per-View/Video-on-Demand (PPV and VOD)? Video-on-demand alone is estimated to grow from a $1.1 billion dollar business this year to $5 billion by 2012, taking market share away from DVD retailers and intensifying the carriers' ambition to bid for the best (and first run) titles. Toy Story 3? Karate Kid 3? Iron Man 2? Sex and The City 2? The A-Team?

Bazaarvoice Launches Social Commerce Insights

Austin Startup

I founded Coremetrics in 1999 to bring accountability and insight into the emerging world of eCommerce, and Bazaarvoice was built from the ground up to offer the most robust analytics capabilities available in the social commerce arena,” said Brett Hurt, founder and CEO of Bazaarvoice. Nine out of ten marketers have very little idea of what is working, and they simply can’t deliver the hard metrics that the C-suite demands.

Higher Ed Start-Up Teams With Top Universities to Offer ‘Free’ Courses

Campus Entrepreneurship

I have worked for 3 ‘internet startups’ over the past 14 years (my first.com was in 1999) and the two that relied on ‘free’ models (even with ‘freemium services’) did not survive. The one with a simple, clear business model that demanded payment up front is alive and pretty profitable (not Google, but a nice business that employees 25 people and provides value to customers).

Getting it completely wrong

Fred Destin

Seeing another sign that RIM continues to shine, I saw myself sitting at a public markets conference back in 1999 and listening to the RIM team pitching their wares and thinking, with absolute conviction, " these guys do not have a chance in hell ". What struck me at the time was how cobbled together their server architecture and security model seemed to be, how far from industry best practice they seemed to be.

A Glimpse: My American Dream

thebarefootvc

I feel incredibly lucky, to work with an extraordinary group of individuals who are passionate about innovation (in all forms, in business models, funding structures and technology) AND I get to meet inspiring, brilliant entrepreneurs every day.

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