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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. Entrepreneurship founder gurley unicorn VC wilsonBut why? Period.

Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned

Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is the founder of Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned. About.

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.

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 link]. There’s a lot of buzz about the Amazon acquisition of TWITCH this week. Acquia, Inc. What will come next?

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. As an immigrant founder, this is a topic that I can relate to and care about.

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. As a bonus, she – and NCWIT – are based in Boulder.

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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. Founders however are asked to take low salaries and never really get back the time they worked for free. I had a 2.5

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. Andreessen Horowitz Entrepreneurship SaaS cloud Distelli founders Onward!

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

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


Some businesses fail, others flourish, but mostly they fail. But you can’t win unless you try. It’s for free after all

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

Feld Thoughts

On Saturday, I polished off Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook. It was excellent and is now on my “all startup CEOs must read” list.

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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.), Here’s why.

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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.), Here’s why.

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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. This is not a post about a bubble, real or imagined. via

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. Here’s an example. I did my deals.

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.”

7 Attributes of An Entrepreneur's Startup Dream Team

Startup Professionals Musings

There is a common belief in the angel and venture capital community that you put your money on the best team, rather than the best idea.

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. This year will be the 7th Business of Software, a three day conference for founders who want to build sustainable, profitable software businesses.

Top 25 SEO bloggers you should follow in 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

He has been avidly involved in Internet marketing and SEO since 2001. Then check out these hand-picked "Top SEO Bloggers and Experts."

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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. It has been a rocket ship from there.

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. What happened? Jessica Mah.


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. To me, USV is a lean VC firm. That's it.

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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. Fred was an investor in Return Path.

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. He looked at me and gave me that “yeah – we should do this” look.

Episode 47: Growing A Colossal Business with Donna Leyens

Mike Michalowicz

Also Available On. Show Summary. Donna Leyens joins us for Episode 47 of the Profit First Podcast! Our Guest. About Donna Leyens. Show Quotes .

Top 25 White Hat SEO Bloggers Worth Reading

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

She is the founder of where she shares her tips on WordPress, SEO and blogging. He also runs a web consulting media company.

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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. That dog must have gold plated teeth!” How about $52?

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Who's the Top Entrepreneur? Your Call.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Meet the Entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos Founder, Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group. Steve Case Co-Founder, America Online.

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. After all, scaling is hard. 163.2.

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

Steve Blank

Joining me this week at the Stanford University studio were: Wayne Sutton , co-founder of BUILDUP VC. ” This was around 2001.

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

Launching Tech Ventures

The firms had an aggregate market value of $99 billion at the end of 2001, and they had raised $85 billion of capital. and WebMD. Valuations.

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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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10 Self-Made Billionaires Who Remain Grounded and Humble

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Amancio Ortega ––The founder of Zara is doing quite well with a net worth of $57.5 Tony Hsieh ––CEO of Zappos. billion. ” . billion.

4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

I've been collecting data about startups and compensation since 2001. The big difference is in equity: Startup CEOs who are not founders get 6.2

In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control

One of its champions includes Jason Goldberg, the co-founder and CEO of online design retailer Inc., Tech Founders Push for Control.

Why Everyone Wants To Be Agile


by Rob Bellenfant, founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice. He is the founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice , a Nashville, Tenn.-based

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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. He’s also the founder and former CEO of iSuppli Corporation. Do it.

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.

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Melanie Brandman, founder of The Brandman Agency: Things I Can't Live Without

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Melanie Brandman started her New York City PR firm, the Brandman Agency, in 2001. Today, the $4.2 Next up? Cost: $99.99

Customers Not Buying? 4 Smart Business Moves

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Gorelov is co-founder and CEO of SpeechCycle , a company that makes software for automated call centers. Go where the money is. ” 4.