A Look Back On VC Cafe’s Journey Since 2005

VC Cafe

in this post I cover the journey of starting VC Cafe, the highs and downs along the way, and the path I followed to evolve it from a news reporting blog to a site that provides founders with practical advice. [[ This is a content summary only. VC Cafe turned seven!

John Berkowitz, Yodle and OJO Labs Co-Founder Discusses Building Companies on Ideas to Invoices

SiliconHills

In 2005, John Berkowitz was getting ready to graduate from George Washington Unviersity and was exploring what to do with his life. They grew Yodel into a large […] The post John Berkowitz, Yodle and OJO Labs Co-Founder Discusses Building Companies on Ideas to Invoices appeared first on SiliconHills.

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A brief history of founders and co-founders

The Equity Kicker

To be clear I’m a big believer in the power of teams, but we’ve had some success here backing solo-founders and then helping them find a co-founder shortly after that. Having a technical co-founder is the most reliable way to quickly and cheaply build and iterate a product.

allensblog: Some Tough Questions You Should Ask

Allen's Blog

More on "Tough Questions" » July 04, 2005. If you want to raise money from VC’s, here’s a really tough, really important question you ought to ask yourself very early in the process: “ How many co-founders should I have ?” Plus, unlike some miscalculations, here the wrong answer hurts only the founders, not the VC or later employees. Although we don’t, we should have a statue dedicated to “The Startup Founder” prominently displayed somewhere in Silicon Valley.

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

I learned this lesson 127 times between 2000 and 2005. 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.

4 Founders & Harvard MBAs on Finding Startup Traction & MBAs-as-Entrepreneurs

View from Seed

On the heels of our research on HBS entrepreneurs , NextView’s Dimitri Dadiomov (HBS ’15) interviewed several top founders on the early stages of their companies. Matt Prince , Co-Founder and CEO, CloudFlare (Web performance and security to protect and accelerate websites; $72.1

allensblog: More on "Tough Questions"

Allen's Blog

The Problem of the Forgotten Founder » August 14, 2005. In my last post, I advised entrepreneurs seeking VC funding to think carefully about choosing their co-founders. I claimed this decision is often gotten wrong and that, not infrequently, one or more co-founders leave the company with an amount of founder’s equity disproportionate to their contribution (in the eyes of their co-founders). So, how should a founder think about this quandary…….?

Tacking Towards Founder

Agile VC

One of the most common questions I get is “What’s the best career path to becoming a founder someday?” To me the process of becoming a founder is very similar to sailing and tacking, and so I try to relate this concept to folks who are about to set out on their careers.

Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned

om.co

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?

Why Nobody Seems to Want Non-Technical Co-Founders

VC Cafe

The co-founders that shook the world Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. How to find a co-founder. Strikingly the vast majority of startup positions advertised are for technical co-founders such as CTO or Developer. Where are all the non-technical co-founder opportunities?

If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO

Reid Hoffman

20 years ago, the classic startup model was to have young founders start a breakthrough company, then bring in “grey hair” in the form of experienced executives once it was time to scale the business. The “professional” CEO back then just had to be a superb executor for the founder’s vision.

Being a solo founder

Spencer Fry

Much has been written about the disadvantages of being a solo founder. Paul Graham was certainly one of the first to write about it publicly in 2006 when he published his article, Startup Mistakes , with “Single Founder” as the first in a long list of mistakes. That article came just at the start of the Y Combinator accelerator, which had its first class in Summer 2005. Bad co-founder fit. As a solo founder, you need to give people authority over their own domain.

9 Founders Who Got a Late Start

Inc Startups

In 2005, Duffield launched Workday, an SaaS management vendor. For these entrepreneurs, the wait was well worth it. What do Albert Einstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus all have in common? They found success later in life.

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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.

Allen's Blog: The Problem of the Forgotten Founder

Allen's Blog

Keep the Faith » August 21, 2005. The Problem of the Forgotten Founder. Some more thoughts on carefully choosing your co-founders. Often, the “core” founder does some homework and recruits the founding team. As I’ve written in the last two posts, it not infrequently goes wrong because one of the founders doesn’t work out and leaves the company with an equity stake disproportionate to the value he added – to the economic detriment of the remaining founders.

Interview with Jesse Katz, Founder of EF Buys

Growthink Blog

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jesse Katz, entrepreneur and founder of www.efbuys.com. In 2005 I had a similar 6 month trip. Here's what he had to say: 1. What is EF Buys? EF Buys is Groupon for entrepreneurs.

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7 Founders Pushed Out of Their Companies

Inc Startups

George Zimmer wasn''t the first founder to get axed by the company he''d built. Here are seven other founders who suffered the same fate. Men''s Wearhouse made headlines recently when it decided to can its TV spokesman and founder George Zimmer.

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allensblog: The Problem of the Forgotten Founder

Allen's Blog

Keep the Faith » August 21, 2005. The Problem of the Forgotten Founder. Some more thoughts on carefully choosing your co-founders. Often, the “core” founder does some homework and recruits the founding team. As I’ve written in the last two posts, it not infrequently goes wrong because one of the founders doesn’t work out and leaves the company with an equity stake disproportionate to the value he added – to the economic detriment of the remaining founders.

Allen's Blog: More on "Tough Questions"

Allen's Blog

The Problem of the Forgotten Founder » August 14, 2005. In my last post, I advised entrepreneurs seeking VC funding to think carefully about choosing their co-founders. I claimed this decision is often gotten wrong and that, not infrequently, one or more co-founders leave the company with an amount of founder’s equity disproportionate to their contribution (in the eyes of their co-founders). So, how should a founder think about this quandary…….?

Allen's Blog: Some Tough Questions You Should Ask

Allen's Blog

More on "Tough Questions" » July 04, 2005. If you want to raise money from VC’s, here’s a really tough, really important question you ought to ask yourself very early in the process: “ How many co-founders should I have ?” Plus, unlike some miscalculations, here the wrong answer hurts only the founders, not the VC or later employees. In Silicon Valley (assume it’s the same in other startup regions), “founders” have a bunch of iconic attributes, some good, some bad.

Allen's Blog: Commandment #10: Control the Meeting (But Be Smart.

Allen's Blog

« Commandment #9: Be Like Goldilocks | Main. | "Managing" Your Board of Directors » April 03, 2005. April 3, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Josh Watts | Apr 4, 2005 7:45:43 AM. Posted by: WebDude | Apr 5, 2005 12:02:54 PM. Posted by: Saar Drimer | Apr 6, 2005 4:30:24 PM. Posted by: blurp | Apr 7, 2005 1:51:19 AM. Posted by: Dennis Posadas | Apr 7, 2005 11:42:35 PM. Posted by: anonymous bollox | Apr 12, 2005 11:05:39 PM.

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Allen's Blog: Commandment #6: Explain Your New Idea by Analogy.

Allen's Blog

Commandment #7: Limit Yourself to the Bakers Dozen » March 07, 2005. March 7, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Ian Wilson | Mar 8, 2005 5:04:43 PM. Posted by: Parimal | Mar 8, 2005 10:26:38 PM. Posted by: Parimal | Mar 8, 2005 10:27:30 PM. Remember: take VC money and anything less than a 50M sale means no money for the founders. Posted by: anonymous | Mar 10, 2005 7:09:13 PM. Posted by: Denny K Miu | Mar 12, 2005 5:26:53 PM. Allens Blog.

Allen's Blog: Commandment #8: Know What You Don't Know ? and.

Allen's Blog

Commandment #9: Be Like Goldilocks » March 19, 2005. March 19, 2005 | Permalink. As a founder, I can probably add to the discussion about who is smarter and who is not- by sighting (what I think is) an important distinction. Posted by: Danny | Mar 24, 2005 7:05:28 AM. Allens Blog. « Commandment #7: Limit Yourself to the Bakers Dozen | Main. Commandment #8: Know What You Don’t Know – and Admit It.

Allen's Blog: Intermission

Allen's Blog

Commandment #6: Explain Your New Idea by Analogy To, or Contrast With, Old Ideas » March 06, 2005. March 6, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Charlie ODonnell | Mar 6, 2005 7:57:35 PM. Posted by: Jeff Clavier | Mar 8, 2005 11:59:59 AM. Posted by: Luca | Mar 8, 2005 2:30:08 PM. Posted by: one entrepreneur | Mar 11, 2005 3:32:52 AM. Posted by: whippet | May 23, 2005 7:10:21 PM. Posted by: Geoff Considine | Aug 5, 2005 3:46:58 PM. Allens Blog.

Allen's Blog: Commandment #5: Create the "Aha" Early

Allen's Blog

Intermission » January 16, 2005. January 16, 2005 | Permalink. Posted by: Ben Smith | Jan 25, 2005 10:10:54 PM. Posted by: Vanilla Chin | Feb 1, 2005 4:37:38 PM. Posted by: Frank Ruscica | Feb 10, 2005 10:27:31 AM. Posted by: Matt | Feb 24, 2005 6:38:41 PM. The company founders have no business experience and will arrive at work on roller blades. Posted by: Norm Waite | Mar 14, 2005 2:25:03 AM. Posted by: Ann | Apr 24, 2005 5:41:13 PM.

Mark Leslie, VRTS founder, on Sales Life Cycle

Will Price

Per my posts below on forecasting sales, Mark Leslie wrote an interesting article on the subject and the importance of quickly moving down the sales learning curve for start-ups. The Sales Learning Curve - Optimizing the Path to Postive Cash Flow By Mark Leslie There's an old saying about rolling out a successful new product: "It always takes longer and costs more."

Founders and Heat Seeking Missiles

Redeye VC

  We funded VideoEgg back in 2005 with the goal of creating tools to manage online video -- but Matt and team quickly adjusted course and have now become a leading media network for brand advertisers. As a seed-stage investor, First Round Capital typically funds powerpoints. 

State of the blogosphere

Will Price

David Sifry , Technorati's CEO and founder, just published a series of State of the Blogoshpere posts. billion links in July 2005 The blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 Summary Stats: Technorati was tracking over 14.2 Million weblogs, and over 1.3

the vc in me.: Mobile Infrastructure to Make It Easy

the vc in me

October 17, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. Posted by: Eric Chan | October 24, 2005 at 12:06 AM. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! This blog broadcasts my thoughts on sectors of interest in my role as a venture capitalist as well as other ideas or tidbits on the business of entrepreneurship.

the vc in me.: Cool Vlogging Tool

the vc in me

November 15, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! This blog broadcasts my thoughts on sectors of interest in my role as a venture capitalist as well as other ideas or tidbits on the business of entrepreneurship. I hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe.

the vc in me.: MMOWs: Massively Multiplayer Online Worlds

the vc in me

November 13, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! This blog broadcasts my thoughts on sectors of interest in my role as a venture capitalist as well as other ideas or tidbits on the business of entrepreneurship. I hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe.

the vc in me.: User-Generated Content

the vc in me

October 10, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! This blog broadcasts my thoughts on sectors of interest in my role as a venture capitalist as well as other ideas or tidbits on the business of entrepreneurship. I hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe.

the vc in me.: Consumer Healthcare Search

the vc in me

October 10, 2005 in Sectors of Interest | Permalink. One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. sac prada homme on One of the Most Important Traits in a Founder: Self Awareness. the vc in me. Welcome! This blog broadcasts my thoughts on sectors of interest in my role as a venture capitalist as well as other ideas or tidbits on the business of entrepreneurship. I hope to engage entrepreneurs, VCs, and anyone else in dialogue! Archives. Profile. Subscribe.

H1-B Aliens and the Myth of Free Labor Markets

Will Price

From professors, to engineers, senior managers, company founders, and venture capitalists, our current success and prosperity is very positively influenced by our ability to attract the best and brightest to work and study in our country. A wonderful constant in this valley of innovation, is the amazing contribution of immigrants to our economy. In my daily meetings with founding teams and start-ups, there is not a single company that does not have an emigre as a key member.

Running on Empty

Will Price

Several years ago, Pete Peterson, the founder of Blackstone and an ex-cabinet secretary, wrote an important and sobering book titled Running on Empty. The book indicts both Republicans and Democrats for ignoring two troubling twin deficits - the the trade deficit and the budget deficit - which, he believes, may ultimately bankrupt the country. The hard-hitting book highlights the off-balance sheet, unfunded entitlement program liabilities that will fall due in the coming decades.

PartyGaming

Will Price

All $1.4bn went to the founders, who retain material stakes in the company, and the IPO raised no new money for the company. The IPO's success comes despite the fact that the US government bans on-line gaming, that the founders will be arrested if they ever come back the US, and that the founders previously ran on-line porn businesses. On June 27th, a remarkable thing took place in London. PartyGaming.com, an on-line site best known for poker, raised $1.4bn dollars in an IPO.

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The State and Health of the VC Industry - Serendpity or Process

Will Price

The article, written by a founder of Battery Ventures , makes a familiar, yet powerful argument that the venture industry is over-funded, structurally transformed, and doomed to generate returns far lower than what limited partners expect from the asset class and the associated risk profile. Brad Feld 's blog introduced me to an article by Howard Anderson called Good-bye to Venture Capital.

Lose Yourself - VCball

VCball

More important to me is the rules other implication: founder-owners, that have an interest in growing their company, hire more competent people than themselves. As a VC now, on a personal level, I am very reluctant to support the termination of a founder at an early stage of a business unnecessarily. More than a couple times, I have had founders that only under severe pressure will hire managers that are better than they are for certain roles. VCball.

Founder Dialogues

Altgate

I have to say that Tim Healy, co-founder and CEO of EnerNOC (NASDAQ: ENOC) rocked the house. The next event is June 22 with Mick Mountz, founder and CEO of Kiva Systems…the bar is set high and I have high hopes!

Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm founded in 2005, is raising a $100 million Silverton Partners V fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Bill Wood, Silverton Partners’ founder, was not listed […] The post Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund appeared first on SiliconHills.