The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or …

Feld Thoughts

In 1999 we filed an S-1 to take Sage Networks public. I was a co-founder and co-chairman. The post The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or … appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Yesterday I read Kara Swisher’s post What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean? The Truth Is Nobody Knows. It’s great. Go read it – I’ll wait for you.

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Even Larry Page (Google co-founder) did everything he could to extend Google’s runway…

Jeff Hilimire

Check out these two stories from a story on Larry Page (Google co-founder) in Slate : In 1999, for instance, the method by which large Web companies such as eBay, Yahoo, and Google added server space had become fairly routine.

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Seeking CEO+Cofounders for Spinoff of VC-Backed Startup, W. 36th St.

David Teten

Initially you will likely be working out of our co-working space on West 36th St., Since 1999, our partners have made over 150 investments in over 55 companies. - Do you have a great team but your product just isn’t working? -

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10 years of entrepreneurship

Startup Lessons Learned

In the summer of 1999, I started working on a startup from my college dorm. Id been on the internet since I was playing MUDs as a kid, but by 1999 I felt Id already missed the boat. You can even see the humiliating evidence of my smug incompetence in this absurd article from 1999.) In fact, I remember sending him and his obscure-to-me co-founder (aka Reid Hoffman ) a bug report early-on, instead of taking them up on their offer of an in-person meeting.

Every Generation Learns The Same Lessons

Feld Thoughts

I spent the weekend with a friend from the last 1990s who was the lead banker on the Interliant IPO (I was a co-founder and co-chairman.) If you like to read IPO prospectuses, here’s the final S-1 filing after INIT went effective and started trading on July 8, 1999.

‘The Future of Everything’: Chicago Booth’s Annual Conference, SeedCon

The Startup Magazine

Launched in 1999, SeedCon is a student-run entrepreneurship and venture capital conference at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; the conference is co-hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club alongside the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

10 Digital Startup Conferences You Should Attend This Year


by Thomas Smale, founder of FE International. What if there was somewhere you could go where you can be surrounded by founders just like you? Or where you can network with established, successful founders and investors?

Stop Thinking And Acting Local: Small Businesses Seeking Growth Should See Themselves As Global Enterprises


Marketing products into international markets is not a simple task”, says Julio Oliveto, founder of Livre, an innovative wheelchair-tricycle company in Brazil. I’d never thought an investment at the start would make such a difference”, said Jessica Krauter, co-founder of Buah.

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Hardware, IoT, and the Long Arc of the Internet

Agile VC

I’m still waiting for the internet-connected refrigerator I was promised in 1999 that would order milk automatically. We’re preparing to make our third investment with a hardware component here at NextView.

The Great Coding School Rollup of 2015

Feld Thoughts

When I saw the proposal, I immediately thought of the web consulting rollups of 1999. I was in the middle of that with Interliant (I was a co-founder) – we bought 20+ companies, at one point has an almost $3 billion market cap (on $200 million of revenue – recognize the multiple), but went bankrupt in 2002. I just saw my first proposal for a Coding School Rollup. As you are probably aware, 2014 saw the explosion of coding schools all over the US.

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. While we weren’t the first investor in Rover, when Madrona partner Greg Gottesman called and told me that I had to meet Aaron Easterly, the co-founder of Rover, I happily obliged on my next trip to Seattle.

OnlyOnce, Part XX


Today is a special day in my entrepreneurial journey and in the life of the company that I started back in 1999 (last century!), I realize I haven’t posted much lately.

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

Both Sides of the Table

When I was raising money for my first company we had closed a seed round in 1999 and were working on our A round. We had many term sheets (it was 1999 and we had a pulse) and we were deciding which one to take. It was December 1999. It was December 1999.

OnlyOnce, Part XX


Today is a special day in my entrepreneurial journey and in the life of the company that I started back in 1999 (last century!), I’m not sure how many Internet companies started in 1999 are still private, backed and led by the same team the whole time, and generally in the same business they started in. I realize I haven’t posted much lately.

Hardware, IoT, and the Long Arc of the Internet

Agile VC

I’m still waiting for the internet-connected refrigerator I was promised in 1999 that would order milk automatically. We’re preparing to make our third investment with a hardware component here at NextView.

Looking Forward to 2025

Feld Thoughts

This is dangerous, especially for founders. The last was dinner with Alex Rigopulos, the co-founder of Harmonix, which he co-founded with Eran Egozy in 1995, sold in 2007, bought back in 2010, and is still running today. In 1999, the year an online pet store fronted by a sock puppet raised $50 million, Harmonix was laying off staff. Its founders sometimes give the impression of still being a bit shaken.

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Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

Both Sides of the Table

M y company had raised a seed round of capital in late 1999 even before either of us were full time in the company (ominous side note: on the way to pitch our seed investor, Delta Partners, a man walking right in front of me died of a massive heart attack making me late to the meeting.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

Jack Tankersley, a long time mentor of mine, co-founder of Centennial Funds, and co-founder of Meritage Funds, wrote me a very long response. For many years preceding 1999, the 1982 vintage was known as the industry’s worst vintage year. 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.

How Pertino is reinventing the future of business networking

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Veterans of the networking industry, Craig formerly served as the CEO of Packeteer, a high-flying networking appliance vendor that he took public in 1999 with Scott as his director of engineering. Almost a year ago, my partner Barry Eggers and I met with Craig Elliott and Scott Hankins to talk about their vision for a new company, Pertino.

The Entrepreneur’s Essentials #17: On failure and resilience

Austin Startup

Bob Fabbio was the founder and CEO of eRelevance and he was the man in the arena here?—?and For all of us Austin fans, I’m talking about Cotter Cunningham, the founder and CEO of RetailMeNot. We started Coremetrics in 1999 selling to dot-coms.

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Meet Our New Special Advisor, Larry Summers

Ben's Blog

This is a guest post by Marc Andreessen, co-founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz. Undersecretary for International Affairs and then Deputy Treasury Secretary for President Clinton between 1993 and 1999. Became US Treasury Secretary in 1999. Today I’m delighted to announce that economist and former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers is joining our team as a part-time Special Advisor.

Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet on the Way out the Door

Both Sides of the Table

Before I started my first company in 1999 I worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). When we started our next company, Koral, Ryan was a co-founder. This is part of my Startup Advice series.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997. The collapse of the Internet bubble was not kind to us and by 2005 it was clear that our second fund – raised in 1999 – was a disaster, and our third fund – raised in 2000 – was off to a very rocky start. I know many entrepreneurs who feel that VCs have played them, gamed them, deceived them, or bullshitted them.

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Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

Steve Blank

As time went on, I was a co-founder or member of the starting team for six high-tech startups…. In 1999… with the company’s revenue north of $100 million…I handed the keys to a new CEO and left.

Is LinkedIn Intro Good, Bad, or Impossible?

Feld Thoughts

One of the thoughtful notes I got was from Scott Petry – one of my good friends and co-founder of Authentic8 (we are investors). Scott co-founded Postini and a bunch of email stuff at Google after Google acquired Postini in 2007. While controversial in 1999, DNS redirect-based services have become accepted across all ports and protocols. When LinkedIn posted LinkedIn Intro: Doing the Impossible on iOS I was intrigued.

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Brand-Owned Terms: The Power—and Process—of Naming a Movement


As detailed in a co-authored book , Brian Halligan, a recent MIT grad in 2005, observed startups failing with “‘tried-and-true’ marketing techniques that he had seen work throughout his career; techniques such as trade shows, telemarketing, e-mail blasting and advertising.”. Inbound marketing.

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The Top 10 Career Experts For Working Moms


In addition to being a mom of four, Bailey is an author, hosts a radio talk show and multiple TV shows, runs a marketing business, and is the founder of and Smart Mom Solutions.

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Marketing and Growth Lessons for Uncertain Times


At the same time, the company contained its operating costs and came out of the recession stronger, bigger, and more profitable than it had been in 1999. “Rare is the business that has a formal disaster plan, let alone one that covers a global Black Swan event.” Tim Stewart, trsdigital.

24 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


My number one goal in 1999 when my wife (fiancé at the time) Abby and I started our firm was to create a business that allowed us to raise and support our family on our own terms—just like my parents’ business allowed them to do for more than 30 years. Each business has a story.

Business Leader Behind a National Auto Repair Franchise’ Growth In Just a Short Time Span


Barb has led the company through a changing industry and has served as the President and CEO since 1999. Moran is the family name of our co-founders Dennis Moran and Barbara Moran Goodrich. Our co-branded stores offer the most comprehensive one-stop shop services in the industry. Co-Brand Advantage; All Moran Family of Brands’ opportunities can be combined into a co-branded business. Why co-branding makes sense.

52 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


I am the founder/coach of Never Settle Coaching, LLC a coaching business. So I cut the corporate cord and co-founded Finespun Clothing. Thanks to Dean Cycon, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. ! #19 Share Each business has a story.

More TV For Entrepreneurs | Hollywood Calls Silicon Valley

Campus Entrepreneurship

co-founder Steve Jobs are in the works. The 1999 made-for-TV movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” chronicled the birth of Apple and Microsoft and their quirky co-founders Mr. Jobs and Bill Gates, though it generated little mainstream buzz. Regular readers know we love TV for entrepreneurs. The WSJ reports that hollywood is now thinking of producing TV shows and movies centered around the life of tech entrepreneurs and engineers.

Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb

Ben's Blog

They were joined by a third co-founder, Nathan Blecharczyk, who brought programming expertise. I joined eBay in 1999, early in its life, and had the privilege of witnessing and contributing to the development of one of the most iconic e-commerce businesses. The website is clean and very intuitive—not surprising, I guess, when two of the founders are designers. This is a guest post by Jeff Jordan, General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

Money Out of Nowhere: How Internet Marketplaces Unlock Economic Wealth

In 1999, Jack Ma created Alibaba , a Chinese-based B2B marketplace for connecting small and medium enterprise with potential export opportunities. Instawork was cofounded by Sumir Meghani in San Franciso and was a member of the 2015 Y-Combinator class.

Scaling is Hard, Case Study: Akamai

Seeing Both Sides

The first year of revenue (1999) was $4 million – a remarkable achievement. Look at the (quite ugly) P&L for Akamai in 1999 and 2000 – costly mistakes were made, but ultimately enabled the company to scale as rapidly as it did: ($'s in millions). . . . .

Going Global At Launch: Tips For Building A Micro-Multinational Startup


In a 2007 report, the Council on Competitiveness quoted a USA Today survey revealing that, “ of venture-backed software startups created since 1999, nearly 40% have employees outside the United States.”.

KILN Continues to Innovate Innovation Services

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

“The KILN System has been used by large companies with established early-stage innovation processes since KILN launched at the Front-End-of-Innovation EMEA conference in Berlin in early 2011,” said Gregg Fraley, co-founder and Chief Solver of Kiln Ideas Ltd.

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Cash Flow and Destiny

Ben's Blog

I was a founder/CEO during the period when cash seemed more like a serf than a king in 1999 and 2000. Still, when Marc Andreessen, my co-founder and chairman of the board, said we should start generating cash, something told me that he was right. Wait ’til I get my money right. Then you can’t tell me nothing, right? Kanye West, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”.

The 3 Most Damaging Myths in Entrepreneurship

Up and Running

And my own company, Palo Alto Software, might not have survived the dot-com crash in 2001 if we’d had more money to spend in 1999. Tim Berry is the founder of Palo Alto Software, a co-founder of Borland International, and a recognized expert in business planning.

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Mike Michalowicz

Next, we have Honor Lydon, co-founder and Executive Editor of My lifelong goal as a child was to open my own restaurant one day and, with the help of 2 partners, I did just that in 1999 with the opening of my first restaurant, Bomboa, located in between the Back Bay and South End of Boston. There is a lot happening in the Boston restaurant landscape.

Feb. 28, Stamford, CT: HBS Event on Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices

David Teten

Karen Bantuveris, Founder and CEO of VolunteerSpot. She is the Founder and CEO of Volunteer Spot an online coordination app that facilitates volunteering. As the Founder and Principal of Radiance Learning, she worked with leadership teams at clients including Silicon Graphics, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Tenet Healthcare and Stanford Univeristy. Co-sponsor: HBS Club of CT and The Stamford Innovation Center.

The leap from employee to entrepreneur – Small Business Spotlight

Up and Running

Ben Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, WeDidIt cofounders. million in grants to emerging businesses since 1999. ” The founders of WeDidIt saw an opportunity and a need, and put aside the fears everyone who’s ever struck out on their own faces. It’s never easy to leave a stable job to launch a startup. But sometimes circumstances align and a budding entrepreneur just knows that the time is right to make the leap.

15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


We built some early ecommerce sites around 1999 and back office order processing systems using visual basic for applications (VBA). My co-founders and I started eVestment for two primary reasons. Share Each business has a story.