Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned


Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is the founder of Desiparty.com. Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned. Being a startup founder is hard, tough, frustrating and rewarding – possibly all within the space of a nanosecond. Are You Winning As a Founder?

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

Both Sides of the Table

Due to competitive markets we ended up with a pretty good term sheet until we needed to raise money in April 2001 and then we got completely screwed. Other founders, “as a privately held company we don’t disclose our valuation.&# Me, “dude, I’m not a journalist.

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Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

Feld Thoughts

“Many Unicorn founders and CEOs have never experienced a difficult fundraising environment — they have only known success. The “Many Unicorn founders …” quote is the first of four emotional biases that Bill calls out. In 2001 and 2002 I learned a brutal set of lessons, including experiencing that $100 million of paper money going to $0 when Interliant went bankrupt. Entrepreneurship founder gurley unicorn VC wilson

The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.

Scalable Startup

Drupal was launched in 2001, and Acquia started in 2007. Angel Investor Drupal founder PHP Revenue Growth SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO venture Cash Flow CEOing leadership scalability tom nora venture capital As further market proof of the power of Drupal in the enterprise, Acquia has received about $100 million in funding in the past 3 months, which puts its valuation at over $1 billion. link]. There’s a lot of buzz about the Amazon acquisition of TWITCH this week.

My story and support for the Founders Visa

K9 Ventures

In the past few days there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of a Founders Visa. The credit for starting this fire goes to Paul Graham from Y Combinator , who wrote a great essay titled The Founders Visa in April 2009. Brad Feld (Brad is an advisor to K9) from the Foundry Group was instrumental in keeping the flame alive by posting about it on his blog ( The Founders Visa Movement ) in September. I got my greencard approval in 2001, a few months after 9/11.

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Bringing Depression Out of The Shadows In Startups

Feld Thoughts

A: After I became depressed for the second time, in my mid-30s — in 2001 just after Sept. The last three months of 2001 were awful for me after an 18-month stretch from the peak of the Internet bubble — spring 2000 through Sept. 11, 2001. In 2002, when most of my VC and entrepreneurial colleagues were having a terrible year, I acknowledged how much I had struggled in 2001, although I was still relatively discreet about it.

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Care.com's Founder Waited Five Years to Launch

Inc Startups

Founders must be prepared to lead a start-up and I wasn''t ready, says Care.com founder Sheila Lirio Marcelo. Some founders launch their start-up as soon as they get the idea. But Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com, delayed her launch for nearly five years. "I

Interviewing Lucy Sanders at Entrepreneurs Unplugged on 1/28/15

Feld Thoughts

Lucy Sanders, the founder/CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is a remarkable person. When she retired from Avaya Labs in 2001, she was CTO, R&D Vice President and Bell Labs Fellow and had about 600 people reporting to her. I’ve worked with Lucy since 2005 and she’s done more advancing the cause of engaging women in IT, computer science, and entrepreneurship than anyone I know.

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The Rise of DevOps

Scott Weiss

In 2001, a group of developers met to debate and discuss a new set of “lightweight” methods for software development, and the Agile Manifesto was born. Rahul is the epitome of one of our most important criteria — founder/market fit. Rahul is one of those “10x founders” (as we like to call it) that just get s**t done at an astounding rate. Andreessen Horowitz Entrepreneurship SaaS cloud Distelli founders

Jens Nylander, Swedish Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Automile, has Succeeded Through Failure


Basically its a tiny black device that you plug into the OBD II port of your car (OBD II is the On Board Diagnostic port equipping all vehicles since 1996 in US and 2001 in Europe) that gathers relevant data while you drive. Some businesses fail, others flourish, but mostly they fail.

a16z Podcast: Scaling Companies… and Culture

Ben's Blog

In this episode of the a16z Podcast sharing more founder stories, Ben Horowitz interviews a16z partner Lars Dalgaard about SuccessFactors, one of the earlier software-as-a-service companies. (It It was founded on 2001, IPO’d in 2008, and was acquired by SAP in … talent management


Lessons From The Internet Bubble: Growth vs. Profitability

Feld Thoughts

Between the spring of 2000 and the end of 2001, I had the worst, most stressful, and most painful business period of my life. Instead, I, like many of my colleagues (investors, board members, founders, and CEOs), operated in a state of blissful denial until everything blew up. Over the weekend, Mark Suster and Fred Wilson each put up awesome posts discussing the idea of profitability in startups.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

Between 2001 to 2008, Jobs reinvented the company three times. When visionary founders depart (death, firing, etc.), What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand.

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

Between 2001 to 2008, Jobs reinvented the company three times. When visionary founders depart (death, firing, etc.), What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand.

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Hot Seat by Dan Shapiro: A Book Every Startup CEO Should Read

Feld Thoughts

Regardless of the number of times you’ve been a startup CEO, from having started ten companies to being an aspiring CEO/founder, you will learn a lot from each of them. On Saturday, I polished off Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook.

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Peter Bauer, CEO & Founder of Mimecast, Founding principles vs Scaling principles

Business of Software Blog

This is a talk about some of the big challenges founders face when their ideas take off. Peter Bauer is the founder and CEO of Mimecast, a cloud-based enterprise email management system. In this talk, Peter discusses his entrepreneurial journey and the principles that he and his co-founders have tried to apply to the growth, development and scale of their business. But I think I’ve also heard a lot of conversations over the years over whether a founder can scale.

1985: Oil Prices Will Go Up Forever

Feld Thoughts

We had grown from three people (the two founder + me) when I started to over 20 people. The company shrunk back down to the two founders who then started the first CD music store in Dallas, repurposing their software for the CD business, just like David P. In the Internet bubble, while I kept this lesson in the back of my mind, I ended up suspending disbelief, like so many others, in 2000 and into the spring of 2001. This is not a post about a bubble, real or imagined.

7 Attributes of An Entrepreneur's Startup Dream Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus the top priority of every entrepreneur who wants funding should be to build and highlight their “dream team” of co-founders, executives and advisers, to attract the biggest and best investors.

Top 25 SEO bloggers you should follow in 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Brian Dean Brian is the founder of Backlinko.com where he publishes detailed Link Building, SEO, Content Marketing & Conversions case studies // how to guides. He has been avidly involved in Internet marketing and SEO since 2001.

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Try On The Decision For 30 Days

Feld Thoughts

My whole world blew up in 2001. I felt a deep obligation to all the various people involved – the founders we had invested in, our LPs, and all the people who were still working for Mobius. I’ve made a lot of major decisions in my life – both personal and professional. For the professional ones, I’ve come up with an approach that I now use consistently.

Tianyi Joe Zhu, Entrepreneur and Startup Advocate

The Startup Magazine

” The Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards Gala Dinner was first established in 2001 by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) and has remained the only forum to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans business professionals across the U.S.

We Will Never Need Another Financing

Feld Thoughts

But even if you, as the founder, believe it, you are still probably deluding yourself. Ask one of your friends who was a CEO of an Internet company in 2001.). I hear some version of this one all the time. “We will never need another financing.” ” “This financing will get us to cash flow breakeven.” ” “This is our last financing before we become profitable.” ” It’s probably b t.


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. We shuttered Flatiron in 2001 and I took over the entire portfolio with the help of Jerry and Bob. 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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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 35: Jessica Mah and Peggy Burke

Steve Blank

How founders cope with startup challenges was the focus of today’s Entrepreneurs are Everywhere radio show. The show follows the journeys of founders who share what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more.

Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors

Steve Blank

After the dot.com crash in 2001 and the financial crisis of 2008, traditional investors who previously held their shares for the long-term — public pension funds, institutional investors and money managers — are now more interested in short-term gains. Newly public tech companies are now going public with dual-class stock, which allows the founders to have more voting rights than the general public. This article first appeared on the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Episode 47: Growing A Colossal Business with Donna Leyens

Mike Michalowicz

She started her first business, a handmade jewelry company, in 2001, where she learned that an MBA doesn’t even begin to prepare you for life as an entrepreneur. Also Available On. Show Summary. Donna Leyens joins us for Episode 47 of the Profit First Podcast!

Top 25 White Hat SEO Bloggers Worth Reading

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

She is the founder of wpblogging360.com where she shares her tips on WordPress, SEO and blogging. Pradeep Kumar Pradeep is the founder and editor of HellBound Bloggers (HBB) - a Web Magazine covering various topics including best SEO practices.

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Scaling is Hard, Case Study: Akamai

Seeing Both Sides

Despite the Internet bubble bursting, the company was able to generate over $160 million in revenue in 2001. Even more tragically, the company's founder, Danny Lewin, was killed on one of the 9/11 airplanes. I have been thinking lately about how hard it is to scale start-ups.

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

Launching Tech Ventures

The table below compares the market value at the end of 2001 —the trough of the valuation cycle that began in the mid-1990s—to total capital raised since inception (private and public) for all 2,121 U.S-based Enterprise values were estimated as of December 31, 2001.

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Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

I remember my friend Ryan Martens sitting down with me and Chris Wand around 2001 and walking us through his idea for changing the how he approached managing the software development process. Tim Miller (CEO) and Ryan Martens (CTO, founder) have been working together from the start of the journey. Ryan continues to head up EFCO and is co-founder of Pledge 1%, which is the effort to take EFCO international.

Pre-Order Startup CEO, The Newest Startup Revolution Book

Feld Thoughts

I’ve worked with Matt since 2001 when I joined Fred Wilson and Greg Sands on the board of Return Path. The founders knew each other well and were in a brutal competition in a market that didn’t yet exist. George Bilbrey, one of the Veripost founders, is the President. Pre-orders for the new book Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business by Matt Blumberg, CEO of Return Path, are available now on Amazon.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere – Show No. 16: Wayne Sutton and Dave Kashen

Steve Blank

The show follows the journeys of founders sharing their experiences of what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more. Joining me this week at the Stanford University studio were: Wayne Sutton , co-founder of BUILDUP VC.

10 Self-Made Billionaires Who Remain Grounded and Humble

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Karl Albrecht ––Worth $25 billion, the founder of Aldi, a discount supermarket chain in Europe came from a working class family where his frugal upbringing provided him and his brother Theo, co-founder of Aldi, the foundation for living a modest lifestyle regardless of success and riches.

In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control


Andreessen Horowitz is telling entrepreneurs it prefers situations where the founders have controlling stakes, reckoning that theyll be better able to resist outside distraction and focus on making great products. Founders cant demand such concessions unless their companies are doing well.

Mattermark – An Example of How We Decide to Invest

Feld Thoughts

” With Mattermark , I remember the moment clearly – I was at The Kitchen in Boulder with the founders (Danielle Morrill, Kevin Morrill, and Andy Sparks) and my partner Seth. This kicked me in the ass very, very hard between 2001 and 2004. This includes a small set of VCs, such as Jon Callaghan at True Ventures and Greg Gottesman at Madrona who know me so well that they only approach me with companies and founders they know I will love.

Why Everyone Wants To Be Agile


by Rob Bellenfant, founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice. With that in mind, the key tenets of agile development from the 2001 Agile Manifesto include: Satisfying customers through continuous, early delivery. He is the founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice , a Nashville, Tenn.-based

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The Trap of Relative Value

Feld Thoughts

He had just read my post on being uncomfortable with the phase of the current cycle and told me an anecdote from the great Internet bubble of 2001 that I hadn’t heard. This morning I woke up to an email thread from a founder of a company I’m an investor in. Yesterday, at The Calloway Way event at MIT , I ran into Joe Caruso. I’ve known Joe for a while – we met through Techstars Boston, where he’s been a great mentor and very active angel investor.

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What Should All Entrepreneurs Know Before Starting Their Very First Business?

Up and Running

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. There are so many founders and entrepreneurs that openly write about their own failures so learning from others is increasingly easy. He’s also the founder and former CEO of iSuppli Corporation.

Bet On People Prematurely

Hunter Walker

First, how excited we are about the founders we’ve backed and how easy that makes working hard on their behalf. For example, David Hornik who I *think* was the first VC I encountered post-graduate school in 2001 when he was poking around my employer Second Life. We back plenty of first time founders. Approaching Homebrew’s one-year anniversary which means getting some materials prepared to update our investors.

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What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table

That is why I invited the Founder & CEO, Jonah Peretti , to come talk at the 2017 Upfront Summit and make the case himself. BuzzFeed.

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