Win the Talent War - VCball


A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Last night I attended a dinner hosted by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (aka NYCEDC) hosted by Deputy Mayor Robert Steel and Head of the Center for Economic Transformation Steven Strauss.     Those more mature companies account for the majority of the 2000+ jobs our portfolio companies have created.  

Defending the Brash Arrogance of Silicon Valley

Numerate Choir

I read this quote in a New York Times obituary in 2000, and it’s stuck with me ever since. The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard. As a data guy (I’m … Continue reading → Data

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

Feld Thoughts

I’m sitting at the breakfast table at Len Fassler’s house in Harrison, New York drinking a cup of coffee and chewing on a bagel. At the peak in the spring of 2000 Interliant hit $55 / share and was worth over $3 billion. billion market cap) in the spring of 2000. I’m chewing on my bagel staring out the kitchen window wondering what new version of a f *d up s**t storm I was going to experience during the inevitable long day that would unfold.

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If You Can’t Find An Angel Investor, Look Again, Here

Startup Professionals Musings

This is perhaps the most widely-used source of information on angel investor groups across the world, run by the “Father of Angel Investing in New York,” David Rose.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

I’ve also got a bunch of guest sections coming from all over the US (I’ve got a dozen so far) so as they come in, I’m trying to fit them in (which often generates a new, or different section). Pre Internet Bubble (1995 – 2000). TechStars Impact on New York. I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.”

6 “Don’ts” Of Starting A Successful Business


New competitors can pop up daily, the business landscape changes, and next thing you know, you’ll be sprinting just to catch up. A more experienced partner can provide a wealth of new perspectives and unlock possibilities for your company that you could never dream of.

Where To Find The Most Angels To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

This is perhaps the most widely-used source of information on Angel investor groups across the world, run by the “Father of Angel Investing in New York,” David Rose. New England Investment Network.

A Tale of Two Cities: Why Silicon Alley Isn't the Next Silicon Valley (Yet)

Inc Startups

Job creation in New York City''s tech industry has nearly returned to levels seen during the Dotcom bubble, but its tech startup scene still doesn''t hold a candle to Silicon Valley. Still, Canaan isn''t counting New York down for the count.

The Most Innovative Cities in America

Inc Startups

Patent and Trademark Office data on utility patents (for a new invention or process) issued between 2000 and 2011--and analyzed which metropolitan areas were the national leaders in each patent category. We found several hubs of industry fueling new ideas.

Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

It was big news in Charlotte, North Carolina where AvidXchange announced the groundbreaking on a new headquarters complex in the N.C. In 2000, Mike co-founded AvidXchange and has been building it ever since. Last Tuesday, while I was enjoying a week off the grid, AvidXchange announced they had raised a $225 million financing led by Bain Capital Ventures. I’m psyched to be joining the board of a company co-founded and run by Mike Praeger, a friend of mine for over 20 years.

Start Here if You are Looking for Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

This is perhaps the most widely-used source of information on Angel investor groups across the world, run by the “Father of Angel Investing in New York,” David Rose. New England Investment Network.

7 Promising Trends Defining the Future of Remarkable Brand Storytelling in 2016


The future of remarkable brand storytelling in 2016 will be defined by this new normal. Brand storytelling is not new. As we end the year, here are new trends that are redefining the future of remarkable brand storytelling in 2016 and beyond.

Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn’t yet dramatically transformed, it will.

Chris Dixon

The Internet has gone through fits and starts – in particular the dot com crash of 2000 disillusioned many – but every year we see it transform industries that previously sauntered along blissfully denying its existence. People love to focus on horse races: NYC vs Silcon Valley, Facebook vs Twitter, IPO markets vs private exchanges, the valuation of some startup vs some other startup.

Girls Who Code: Crashing the “Brogram”


Small wonder that women made up just 21% of all programmers in 2010, off from 24% in 2000. Small wonder that women made up just 21% of all programmers in 2010, off from 24% in 2000.

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. We’re hearing more about people new to startups asking their seed stage company how many months of severance is included in their package.

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. We’re hearing more about people new to startups asking their seed stage company how many months of severance is included in their package.

Nobody Cares

Ben's Blog

How could I have figured out that there would be 221 IPOs in 2000 and 19 in 2001? In his very first season as coach, Parcell’s team, The New York Giants, was hit with a rash of injuries. A great reason for failing won’t preserve one dollar for your investors, won’t save one employee’s job, or get you one new customer. This post is dedicated to the late Al Davis. Rest in peace. Just win baby.”. —Al Al Davis.

How Went Bust And Then Bust And Then Became A Super Unicorn


By the close of trading the stock price had more than quadrupled and the company was, as Saul Hansell put it in the New York Times the next day, “worth more than United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines combined.” in December 2000, people mostly stopped talking about Brilliance from Bloomberg - On March 30, 1999, an 11-month-old, money-losing Internet company called went public, to the great excitement of investors.

Incumbents die due to irrelevance or ineptitude

Chris Dixon

The New York Times was, for many decades, one of the few premium channels through which brand and classified advertisers could reach mass consumers. At the same time, the internet provided many new sources for breaking news, editorials etc, hurting the Times on the subscriber side. The market shift to steaming video created a new and brutal dependency. Judging from the tech press, you’d think the biggest risk to successful companies is competition.

Remembering Martin Luther King and His War on Inequality

Inc Startups

household debt rose to a level not seen in five years in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. After all, many of those "wealthy" people, who politicians would levy new taxes on, identify as founders and business owners.

4 Things I Learned About Entrepreneurship as an FBI Agent

Inc Startups

As a covert agent in New York City, Jason Hogg was trained to track down criminals. Hogg used to be an FBI special operations agent in New York City assigned to a covert squad doing undercover field work from 1998 to 2000.

From Airbnb to TaskRabbit to Zimride, sharing is becoming big business

Americas new business model: Sharing. By Todd Plitt, USA TODAY Neville Clubwala, a Taskrabbit worker in New York City, delivers cupcakes from Butter Lane bakery and champagne, to a recipient who received a promotion. Americas new business model: Sharing.

Traditional PR is Still a Fabulous Way to Stand Out

Duct Tape Marketing

PR Daily, All Business Experts, on CNN, WTVJ in Miami, WPTV in West Palm Beach, News 12 in New York City, and many other media outlets. Click here to see how you can enter to win a full year of this tool ($2000 value).

Al Gore Almost Bought Twitter

Inc Startups

Al Gore may have lost his shot at the presidency in 2000, but he also lost a chance to own Twitter. The former Vice President reveals that he once tried to buy the popular social network.

How To Predict The Future

Feld Thoughts

The same spreadsheet also predicted we’d see a music downloading service in 1999 or 2000. For example, it’s clear that the rate of settling new land in the 1800s (a trend that was increasing over time) couldn’t continue indefinitely since land is finite. Read Gotham: The History of New York City to 1898.) Had one plotted the trend over time, soon cities like New York were going to be buried under horse manure.

13 Storytelling Terms Explained For A Remarkable Brand Strategy


The art of storytelling is not new. Using the online media like social platforms, your websites, new sites and external web based channels to deliver a story that’s powerful and shares coherent stories is how I’d define online storytelling.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand. We have previously raised funds in 1996 ($200 million), 2000 ($400 million) and 2008/9 ($200 million).

Trade Show Checklist: How To Successfully Sell Your Product At Trade Shows by Yaro Starak

I remember one brutal season doing the January accessory show in New York, flying to Hong Kong to walk their trade show and meet with suppliers, then back to the US to do Magic in Las Vegas, back to NY to do Coterie , and then to Paris to do Premiere Classe. I will always remember that my partner and I did a trade show – our very first one – in New York and were very much out of our element.

Where Great Entrepreneurs Come From

Inc Startups

Cheer up, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake: A new study of the Inc. You don't have to move to Silicon Valley or even New York or Boston to have a shot at founding an Inc 500 company. In the decade beginning in 2000, Washington, D.C.

Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

Up and Running

As a financial journalist during the 2000 financial crisis, Maria had a front-row seat for everything happening at the New York Stock Exchange. This idea isn’t new, but accepting it as a necessary part of innovation and smart leadership is.

Why Money Isn't Always Your Biggest Problem

Inc Startups

Sometimes, money just hides the real problems," says Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of SixFigureStart, a New YorkCity-based business-coaching firm. "If It went bankrupt in 2000. If you think more cash will solve all of your startup''s problems, you''re in for a disappointment.

14 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


It was 95 degrees, a typical August day on New York when you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. So I went home to my comfortable 2000 square foot UWS apartment and thought, what can I do myself, from home, and still make a good living. Each business has a story.

“She doesn’t deserve to be alive”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

In response to an innocuous opinion piece about whether new top-level domain names are useful or wasteful , I hoped for and expected counter-arguments. I refuse to accept some new responsibility, e.g. “careful what you say because people might hear it.”

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Top 10 dying industries

Start Up Blog

Also have a think about where technology is taking us and if you can be a driving force behind flipping an existing industry on it’s head with your new startup! since the year 2000.

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London Calling

Startup Lessons Learned

Happy New Year! Four months ago, T he Lean Startup debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. London School of Economics and Political Science Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ Most new businesses fail. The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

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The Latest Business News to Help You Plan for the Future

Up and Running

The New York Times tells us what to read. I’m an avid reader personally, so I get excited each year when I see that the New York Times has posted their annual list of notable books (for the top ten, look here ). Image via Pantone, featuring the Color of the Year, Marsala.

4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay

Inc Startups

Since 2000, I’ve been collecting information about startups, including how much founders, their lieutenants, and their employees get paid. Founders often believe that their own compensation is a ceiling beyond which they will not have to pay new hires.

Why The End is Near for Angels

Inc Startups

” Suster’s prediction, made at the VentureShift conference at Le Poisson Rouge in New York’s Greenwich Village, adds to a chorus of warnings that the current surge in angel money into the startup market is going to end badly.

Why Malls Are Getting Mauled

Jeff Jordan

If I were thinking of starting a new retail brand right now, I would unquestionably start it online. There clearly will be fewer new offline retailers to take the space vacated by the disappearing brick-and-mortar chains, further pressuring malls.

29 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


I have been working with my Partners since November 2000. The company that employed us began putting profits above people and new sales above client retention. I also realized that having your own business is a great way to gain new networks. Each business has a story.