Ted Rheingold Founded Dogster in 2004: Five Questions About Building a Startup, Selling a Startup and Whether SF Is Still a Good Place

Hunter Walker

Dogster launched January 12, 2004 (Happy 12th Birthday Dogster!) By the end of 2004 I had brought on two co-founders: John Vars – who is now the Chief Product Office at TaskRabbit, and Steven Reading took over Sales and Revenue. Photo Credit: Christopher Michel.

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Stop Selling Like It's 2004 (Infographic)

Inc Startups

Content marketing is a good substitute for old-fashioned ads, if you know how to do it right

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Take the Friction Out - VCball

VCball

December 16, 2004 in Entrepreneurship and VC | Permalink. Tracked on December 16, 2004 at 11:57 PM. Tracked on December 17, 2004 at 12:02 PM. Tracked on December 17, 2004 at 06:14 PM. Tracked on December 19, 2004 at 02:49 PM. VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates. follow me on Twitter.

Your Founder Got Strategy? - VCball

VCball

November 13, 2004 in Books , Entrepreneurship and VC , Venture Capital , Web/Tech | Permalink. Tracked on December 01, 2004 at 11:39 AM. Tracked on December 17, 2004 at 01:26 PM. VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates. follow me on Twitter. Books Worth the Reading.

1990s Redux? Nope, just Free Telephone Conferencing - VCball

VCball

October 05, 2004 in Cool Technology | Permalink. VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates. follow me on Twitter. Books Worth the Reading. Pamela Redmond Satran: How Not to Act Old: 185 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame Old dude, get this book.

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The Hard Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Sometime in the spring of 2004, someone got it. And by the summer, we had a group together and we were able to build to a first close in November of 2004. But that fund, USV 2004, has been one of the very best venture capital funds ever put together. Without FOIA, I am not sure we would have gotten USV 2004 done. I like to tell them the story of USV 2004. That certainly was the case with USV 2004.

Losing Money

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our first USV fund, our 2004 vintage, has turned out to be the single best VC fund that I have ever been involved in. I doubt it will be as good as our 2004 fund, but it will be a very good fund. In our 2004 fund, we invested a total of $50mm out of $120mm of total investment in our nine losers. And, as our 2004 fund shows, a few really good companies can carry a fund to the moon.

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Indeed Plans to Hire 1,000 Employees in Austin

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Indeed started out in 2004 to build a better search engine. Today, Austin-based Indeed is the world’s largest job site attracting 200 million unique monthly visitors. Indeed is focused on how people will find jobs in the 21st century, said Chris Hyams, its president. More people find […] The post Indeed Plans to Hire 1,000 Employees in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

10 Things Entrepreneurs Didn't Worry About 10 Years Ago

Inc Startups

Startup founders had a lot less to worry about back in the good ol'' days of 2004. Here''s a list of what''s new since then

Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

USV 2004 is instructive. Between 2004 and 2008, we made investments in 21 companies. But there are at least ten companies in the USV 2004 portfolio that we would be happy to own for the rest of this decade. So we are supposed to wind things up in the 2004 fund in another two years. I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV.

Two Austin-based Companies Acquired by j2 Global of Los Angeles

SiliconHills

j2 Global bought Offers.com, a digital media company based in Austin and MX Toolbox, founded in 2004, which provides managed IT services for small businesses worldwide. j2 Global, based in Los Angeles, announced this week it has completed the acquisition of two Austin-based companies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Offers.com, a coupon, […] The post Two Austin-based Companies Acquired by j2 Global of Los Angeles appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

"After moving his small Facebook team to Palo Alto in the summer of 2004, he turned much of his."

Mark Birch

“After moving his small Facebook team to Palo Alto in the summer of 2004, he turned much of his attention to building a file-share product called Wirehog. Facebook was going gangbusters, but Zuckerberg wasn’t sure it would last; this was his hedge.” - “ The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man ” by New York Magazine. Whenever I meet an entrepreneur that tells me about their side projects, I cringe. Experimentation is good, but hedging is a flawed startup strategy.

Mark Cuban’s New Passion is Open and Honest Communication Through Cyber Dust

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mark Cuban invested in a Canadian Internet company Mamma.com in 2004 that eventually got in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mamma.com’s founders then used emails from Cuban to try to convince the SEC he was a “bad guy.” Cuban got falsely accused of insider […] The post Mark Cuban’s New Passion is Open and Honest Communication Through Cyber Dust appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Age of companies when they achieve $1bn valuations

The Equity Kicker

The fact that the trend has been going for some time – Google was founded in 1998 and Tesla and Facebook in 2003 and 2004 respectively – suggests that the bubble explanation can’t be the whole story.

Reserves

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

That means if your company raised money from USV 2004, LP (the name of our first fund, a $125mm fund), it will be hard for us to invest in your company out of USV 2008, LP (the name of our second fund, a ~$150mm fund). That means that a firm like USV might go back to its investors for a new fund (USV 2008) after only investing a portion of a fund (USV 2004).

What Is A Many To Many Business? (And How Can This Model Produce Billion Dollar Outcomes)

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet During the dot com boom around the year 2000, and the years that followed it (this was before I started blogging in 2004), I was a guy in his early twenties looking for a business idea to make my riches with online.

A Different Approach To VC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Neither did Brad and I when we raised the first USV fund in 2004. I wrote this to my partner the other day. I’m not going to provide the context. It doesn’t matter. It could have been about almost anything in the startup sector right now.

Attitude Lessons From Multimillionaire Fashion Mogul Justin Herald

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

He was named Australian Entrepreneur of the Year back in 2004 and has written a stack of books on… Read the rest of this entry » Entrepreneur Profiles attitude clothing clothes business justin heraldA few weeks ago I attended a seminar for entrepreneurs held by Justin Herald. Justin has made tens of millions of dollars in the clothing business , having launched his first brand, Attitude , with just $50 to his name.

The Industrialization of Mobile

Feld Thoughts

When we invested in NewsGator in 2004 , RSS was just starting to emerge as a protocol and wire up much of the content on the web. At the time, it was impossible to anticipate how the web would evolve, as 2004 was a particularly low point in the evolution of venture capital and tech companies. I am on the board of Sitrion , who just released their latest version of Sitrion ONE , which allows enterprises to deliver mobile solutions in one single day.

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How a Hacking Stunt at the Academy Awards Launched a Mobile-Security Startup

Inc Startups

John Hering and his friends discovered a security vulnerability in early bluetooth technology in 2004. They proved what kind of mobile device breach was possible at the 2005 Academy Awards--and turned the concept into a company called Lookout

IBM Buys Austin-based Gravitant

SiliconHills

The company, founded in 2004, has raised a total of $40.3 […] The post IBM Buys Austin-based Gravitant appeared first on SiliconHills. IBM Tuesday announced that is has acquired Gravitant, a cloud-based software maker based in Austin. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gravitant provides cloud brokerage and management software for the hybrid cloud environment, delivered in a software as a service model.

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The past, present and future of Work

deal architect

Tom Malone of MIT wrote the seminal book The Future of Work in 2004. When I interviewed him for my book about ways work has changed in the years since, he honed in on the phenomenon of communities and. Industry Commentary

Pandora Founder Tim Westergren to Return as the Company's CEO

Inc Startups

He served as Pandora's CEO and president from 2002 to 2004 and as its chief strategy officer from 2004 to 2014

Indeed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Brad had been looking for a search engine for jobs and I saw this post on John Battelle's blog in late 2004. The first great investment we made at USV was Indeed in the summer of 2005. I forwarded it to Brad and he reached out to Paul and Rony. It took two tries before we could convince them to take our money. They had bootstrapped the company, launched the service, and were well on their way. They didn't need our money.

A Decade Later, a Look Back at Google's Industry-Shaking IPO

Inc Startups

When Google went public back in August 2004, the company began its march toward being of the most powerful and innovative brands in the world

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Loss Ratios In Early Stage VC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our first fund, USV 2004, has an "names" loss ratio of about 40%. When I was early in my career, I casually mentioned to an older VC that I had yet to lose money on an investment. He replied "that's not good, you aren't taking enough risk." " I have gone on to lose a lot of money over the years. And made a fair bit too. So one of the things I like to look at when I look at our funds and other VC funds that I am an investor in are loss ratios.

Bringing Culinary Tourism and Social Entrepreneurship Together – Interview with Adlyn Teoh of Hias Gourmet

Startup Noodle

I came here in December 2004 to sign up for a Mandarin course. Thanks to Thomas Wicksteed for conducting the interview! What first brought you here to China, Adlyn? So long ago! I’ve been here 9 years now. Before that I was living in the States. I’m originally from Malaysia and moved to the States to study and then started working after I graduated but I could see my future […]. China General Interviews

Adding the Google +1 Button :: Small Business Marketing Blog from.

Duct Tape Marketing

SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners!

Seed is the new Series A, but who’s supporting founders pre-launch?

The Equity Kicker

I’m going to quote his definitions in full: 2004 definition. — In 2004 it took until Series C to scale your product because it took a lot of money. Jason Calacanis just published a good post on the changing definitions of Seed, Series A, and Series B investment. Pre-funding: You talk about your idea & write a business plan. Seed Round: You build a prototype of your product. — A Round: The funding necessary to launch your product. —

5 Reasons to be an Amazon Affiliate.

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A quick visit to Statista.com confirms that Amazon sales growth from 2004 to 2015 followed exactly this path, growing from less than $7 billion in 2004 to over $107 billion in 2015.

Is History A Guide In Business?

Feld Thoughts

So if you are impatient, I encourage you to go look at posts from me, Fred Wilson , and David Hornik from 2004 – 2007 for a taste of what I would characterize of “the re-emergence from winter.” I was at a fascinating dinner with a bunch of founders and investors last night.

Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

In the Kauffman Foundation Survey of nearly 5,000 companies that began in 2004, nearly two-thirds of the founders are now between the ages of 35 and 54.

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You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back in 2004, early in my blogging career, I heard about a service that had just launched called Feedburner. It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. Today I will tell a story that I love telling. It has some of my favorite people in it. It provided a number of useful services for a blog's RSS feed. So I went and signed up and AVC became one of the first users of the service. I immediately liked the service and the idea.

How to Deliver an Experience

Duct Tape Marketing

SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners!

The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

Genuine VC

We rode the bubble wave to a successful outcome in 2000 , and after moving away for a few years which included a stint at business school , I returned back to Boston in 2004, and it felt like the web entrepreneurial community had almost entirely scattered after the crash.

AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Airstrip, founded in 2004, has raised $65 million in four rounds of investment, according to Crunchbase. AirStrip announced Tuesday that it has raised $25 million in venture capital. The San Antonio-based company received the funding from the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital and Wellcome Trust. AirStrip’s main focus is taking all […] The post AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio AirStrip

Rethinking Restaurants for the Web

Inc Startups

Matt Maloney and Mike Evans founded GrubHub, an online restaurant delivery service, in Chicago in 2004. Since then, they've expanded into 300 cities, and raised $84 million in venture financing

Consumer Confidence (Data: November 2016)

Chaganomics

It was the highest reading since January 2004, as consumers expected a favorable impact of Trump's policies on the economy. The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 98.2

Why I Don’t Have To Follow VC Blogs Anymore

Feld Thoughts

When I started blogging in 2004 I think I was the third VC blogger after David Hornik and Fred Wilson (if you were, or know, of another pre-2004 VC blogger, please tell me so I can update my historical recollection.). Two words: Mattermark Daily. I remember lots of people asking me why I was doing it.

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. We just announced Foundry Group’s investment in Rover.com this morning. We led a $7m financing in the leader in digital dog boarding that connects dog owners with approved, reviewed, and insured sitters.