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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Introducing America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

The 2012 list includes the founders of Pinterest, Spotify, and 28 other awesome, visionary outfits. Who are Inc.'s s most promising entrepreneurs younger than 30? You gotta meet them

Trending Sources

More Advice from Class of 1999 MBA Entrepreneurs

Launching Tech Ventures

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 More Advice from Class of 1999 MBA Entrepreneurs by Tom Eisenmann I recently wrote some former students from the HBS MBA classes of 1999 and 2000, asking what advice theyd give to current students considering an entrepreneurial path.

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Federal Reserve to Entrepreneurs: Party Like It's 1999 (While You Still Can)

Inc Startups

But this is not 1999. With such low rates persisting for so many years, market forces have driven dollars en masse toward equity, resulting in soaring valuations," says Jonathan Citrin, founder and chairman of investment advisory Citrin Group, in Birmingham, Michigan.

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Vote: Who's Your Favorite Young Entrepreneur?

Inc Startups

s 30 Under 30 list includes the founders of Pinterest and Spotify. Vote for your favorite

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. I have two simple rules for founders in my head from this experience. Deal with reality as a founder as well as an investor group and avoid this complexity – just clean up your cap table instead. The post Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company. Other founders, “as a privately held company we don’t disclose our valuation.&# Me, “dude, I’m not a journalist.

Let's IPO Like It's 1999

ArcticStartup

Furthermore, Groupon recently raised a billion dollars in financing and used that cash to pay off its early investors and founders. Last week saw both Pandora and Groupon file their S-1 documents , meaning they are now on track for an IPO.

Tonight We're Going to Party Like It's 1999

Platforms and Networks

This doesn''t imply an attractive return for someone who invested pro rata in all rounds, especially if you consider the time value of money and the fact that investors had to share part of the $99 billion with company founders.

50 Ways to Find Co-founders

Inc Startups

What''s worse than starting a business without a co-founder? Try starting it with the wrong co-founder. There must be 50 ways to find co-founders. 1 question I''m asked is, "How do I find a co-founder?" At meet-ups Tech Meetups are great places to find co-founders.

The Forgotten Founder: YouSendIt’s Khalid Shaikh

Inc Startups

In Silicon Valley offices , the framed founder's doodle is as common as jewel-toned furniture and quirky conference-room names. Shaikh was having a conference call with his two co-founders to discuss it. Mahler had met one of the other co-founders, Shaikh's older brother, Amir.

The Power of Founder Role Models

Anything's Possible

Every founder that I know points to role models that made that leap possible. Two role models stand out in my mind as people who I related to as peers and gave me the courage to believe in myself as a founder. Todd Krizelman was the founder of TheGlobe.com. I first encountered Todd along with his co-founder on the cover of a major magazine in 1999, held up as a symbol of the new economy. Taking the leap to being an entrepreneur is really scary.

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.

Twitter Co-Founders Aim for Third Hit

Inc Startups

Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone are back in the game. The pair also worked together on the creation of Web publishing service Blogger in 1999; Williams sold that service to Google in 2003

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Snowball, the messaging inbox to rule them all

Google Ventures

As co-founder Anish Acharya explains, Snowball doesn’t aim to be another social or messaging app–the startup wants to find a better way for your messaging apps to work together, thus reducing any friction you have with these apps. Founder Interviews Library

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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.

Venus Williams: 4 Keys to Success Both On and Off the Court

Inc Startups

Venus Williams, tennis star and founder of EleVen by Venus, describes how she learned the first lesson to success from her sister at the 1999 US Open

What Keeps Dell's Founder Fighting

Inc Startups

Here''s why the founder won''t consider it. shareholder vote that was supposed to determine Dell''s future--a vote Michael Dell was widely predicted to lose--the founder swooped in with minutes to go and put a new, more lucrative offer on the table. Founders aren''t like that.

Words of Encouragement for European Startups

VC Cafe

The Eurozone is in crisis - GDP numbers point to the worst recession since 1999 and major economies are shrinking. I urge founders to also consider the good news and take on a more positive outlook based on "this is water"'' by David Foster Wallace. [[ This is a content summary only.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

If a company has reached a level of success, has been around for a few years and you believe the company has potential to break out into a much bigger company then you should let the founders take money off of the table. On a panel that I sat on with Ron in LA in 2008 he stated that there were no circumstances in which the founder should take money off of the table. Founders however are asked to take low salaries and never really get back the time they worked for free.

Founder of Pandora on lessons from near dot com bust to billion dollar IPO

Redeye VC

Discuss on Hacker News In 1999, Tim Westergren, a long-time musician, started Savage Beast Technologies, with the mission of connecting artists with their audiences and helping people discover new music.

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How To Sell Your Tech Startup

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

You could start by following the example of startup founders who have been there, done that. Blogger is started in 1999 and takes off unexpectedly (while they're pouring all of their efforts into Pyra). The founders then decide to focus on Blogger full-time.

Christine: Zappos Shares Secrets of 75% Repeat Business

Christine.net

« Leading Brands Demonstrate Best Practices in Customer Service | Main | How The Geek Squad Propagates a Service Culture » Zappos Shares Secrets of 75% Repeat Business Zappos was started in 1999 when the founder saw that there wasnt anything as easy as Amazon.com for buying shoes.

The Trouble with Paul Graham and Female Founders

Inc Startups

That was my surprised reaction to Graham''s recent post on female founders, which he wrote as a rebuttal to the kerfuffle over some of his recent comments. As a result of those comments, Graham, the co-founder of the incubator Y Combinator , was accused of sexism.

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.

Playing Startup

Agile VC

My first startup job was as an early employee at PayPal, where I took a job at the end of ‘1999 and started a few months later in 2000. Additionally, a lot of people today work in startups or want to work in startups or want to be founders, which overall is a great thing.

Playing Startup

View from Seed

My first startup job was as an early employee at PayPal, where I took a job at the end of ‘1999 and started a few months later in 2000. Additionally, a lot of people today work in startups or want to work in startups or want to be founders, which overall is a great thing.

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.

Do Founder/Users Expand Moore's Chasm?

Launching Tech Ventures

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Do Founder/Users Expand Moores Chasm? However, some founders seem to, unknowingly, make it bigger. Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures said that his favourite founders were those that use the technology that they are building.

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. 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.

Back In The Filtering Game: Entrepreneur Drawn by The Siren Call Of The Startup

YoungUpstarts

by Shane Kenny, founder of Filtersnap. In 1999, my brother Aaron and I started InternetSafety.com. Founder of Filtersnap Shane Kenny has been in the filtering business for over 15 years. In 1999, he started InternetSafety.com with his brother.

Can You Beat Amazon In The Race To Overnight Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. 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.

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.

No Vision All Drive

Feld Thoughts

Brown was one of the four co-founders of Techstars (with Cohen, me, and Jared Polis). Like many other startups, it had many ups and downs but the David’s created a very successful, profitable business that was acquired by ZOLL (a Boston-based public company) in 1999.

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). . . . .

How Priceline.com Went Bust And Then Bust And Then Became A Super Unicorn

Chaganomics

Brilliance from Bloomberg - On March 30, 1999, an 11-month-old, money-losing Internet company called Priceline.com went public, to the great excitement of investors. Its ubiquitous TV ads featuring William Shatner also got lots of attention, as did founder Jay Walker’s claims that the company’s name-your-price model would “reinvent the environmental DNA” of business. a share in April 1999 to $6.75

Investing in and Joining the Board of Rover.com

Feld Thoughts

Seth and I worked together on ServiceMagic in the 1999 – 2004 time frame (IAC acquired it in 2004 for $180m) so we had a deep understanding of how a heavily metric-based buy/sell marketplace worked. In this case, Seth had been SideTour’s mentor and we classified it as “other” as we sometimes make exceptions and invest in companies outside our themes when (a) we love the founders and (b) we are interested in what they are doing.

Lean

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

" To me, lean is a state of mind that a founder and his/her team needs to have across all aspects of the business. In mid 1999, we went on a binge, raised a huge fund ($350mm), moved into a massive office, hired a staff of 25, made investments we weren't engaged in, and got fat. I've been reading Eric's book which I am very much enjoying. And on wednesday night I spoke to the NYC Lean Startup Meetup with the help of Giff who interviewed me.

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Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them

Gust

I bought the Rocket eBook Reader in 1999. Tim Berry , Founder, Palo Alto Software. Martin Zwilling , Founder and CEO, Startup Professionals. Tim Berry , Founder, Palo Alto Software. Martin Zwilling , Founder and CEO, Startup Professionals.

Leadership Change in a Lean Startup: When Does It Make Sense?

Launching Tech Ventures

by Kyle Lui Founders of lean start-ups often focus on rapid iterative testing, proving out your concept and hypothesis, product market fit and managing cash burn. Leadership is often ignored because, as a founder (or co-founder), you are the leader.