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Putting 2012 To Bed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But it comes across as a whiny complaint about the shitty year that 2012 was. But the reason I couldn't publish that post is it didn't capture the greater picture that 2012 represents for me. And I feel that 2012 is the next demarcation year for me but this time I have to do it in an existing firm with an existing portfolio.

Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Design Staff

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios. It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. Look at the portfolio design itself.

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Google Ventures

It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. You likely have experience reading résumés and interviewing candidates, but how should you judge a design portfolio? A portfolio isn’t a collection of pictures. Writers have entire portfolios without a single image.) A portfolio is just a collection of past work.

The State Of E-Commerce Checkout Design 2012

UX Study The State Of E-Commerce Checkout Design 2012. September 4th, 2012. Portfolio Design Study: Design Patterns. Portfolios.

Add Startups to Balance Your Portfolio, If You Dare

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur risk startups portfolio investors businessBut these requirements go away with the new Crowdfunding JOBS Act just passed into law.

Top Female CEOs of the 2012 Inc. 500

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

million Three-Year Growth: 4,112% AustinCSI specializes in business optimization and program and portfolio management. 104 2011 Revenue: $3.7

The Power Of Diversification

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

All the profit in that ten investment portfolio comes from the big winner. Investing in startups is risky. And so that means making enough bets.

Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm a bit late with this news about our portfolio company Duck Duck Go but I am super excited about it so I'm posting it anyway.

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A Stroll Through The NextView Portfolio

Rob Go

A year ago, I wrote a post detailing some tidbits about our portfolio. Second best is to understand their portfolio. So here is an unscientific cut of our portfolio and some commentary below. One year later, we’ve made more investments and learned a lot. We have made 16 investments. Repeat Entrepreneur: 6. VC Lead: 5.

Disqus2012 Launches

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The speedy new commenting system built from the ground up by our portfolio company Disqus is generally available today.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And we will recommend to our existing portfolio companies that they adopt it as well. Fast forward ten years or so and Nielsen sued two of my portfolio companies, comScore and TACODA, and a bunch of other companies too, on the basis of the Thinking Media patents. They call this proposed amendment the Innovator's Patent Agreement.

The Magic Moment When You Shift To Executing As Fast As You Can

Feld Thoughts

There is this magical moment that happens when a startup finally puts the key components together to build a successful business. After 2.5 Wrong.

Hiring between portfolio companies – playing nice in the sandbox?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

It concerns whether companies in a shared venture portfolio should have any special rules of engagement about hiring from other companies in the portfolio. That said, I do know that a few of the CEOs in the portfolio have a “no poaching” policy when it comes to friendly companies. To me, this is the real key.

Mobile Is Where The Growth Is

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have seen this in our portfolio too. If you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year. You might think that all these big web services are flatlining. Web is flattish. Yahoo!

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Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Behance isn't the only recent USV portfolio company to bootstrap its way into our portfolio. Three of the six portfolio companies in our new fund, raised late last year, were bootstrapped for an average of 3 1/2 years before we invested. But that is not true at all. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years.

The New Networking: Ultimate LinkedIn Guide For 2012 Grads


Find a job, discover new connections, and share your portfolio by taking advantage of these great tools on LinkedIn. Groups for New Grads.

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation. —-. Full disclosure. In the U.S. Lessons Learned.

How VCs Can Accelerate Portfolio Company Returns

David Teten

Koen, Gyorgy, and Adham are all Columbia Business School MBA 2012 students and former consultants with McKinsey and BCG. Best Practices in Venture Capital Portfolio Company Value Creation. In an effort to address this, we launched last year a formal study of best practices of VCs in improving portfolio company value.

Cloning Successful Startups

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Jeff Leventhal, the CEO of our portfolio company WorkMarket , emailed me yesterday. There are a few examples of USV portfolio companies that were not the category creator. He said: i would love to see an avc post about copycats like samwer bros. what do u think of this form of entrepreneurs, etc? So here goes. That's life.

Why Innovation Dies

Steve Blank

That’s why they invest in a portfolio. Solutions are found by betting on a portfolio of low-cost experiments. Attracting faculty.

2012 Planning / Working Together

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The email looked like this: I’ve been thinking a lot about feedback loops recently and thought it would be helpful to touch base on how we worked together in 2011 and think a bit about anything that we need to change about our interactions in 2012 (talk more; talk less; more concentrated time together; etc.).

Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So the youngest portfolio company in that portfolio is four years old now. We still have fifteen investments active in that portfolio including Zynga and Twitter and we own large blocks of stock in both of those companies. We will likely exit a few weaker investments in that portfolio over this year and next. That stings.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

So it is unsurprising that an over-funding environment and the commensurate returns hangover would have lasted until about – well – 2012.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They had huge ambitions for 2012 and we thought they were delusional. But as I look around the broader startup market (and certainly in our portfolio too), I don't see a ton of those stories in 2012. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. That could be revenues but may not be.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But as I have said a number of times on this blog, they are the most complete company in our portfolio. The first great investment we made at USV was Indeed in the summer of 2005. Brad had been looking for a search engine for jobs and I saw this post on John Battelle's blog in late 2004. They didn't need our money. They have it all.

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

Both Sides of the Table

And a heartfelt thank you to my VC friends, lawyers and portfolio executives who have spent their personal time counseling me in 2012.

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Lockups and Insider Selling

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

That is why many VC firms have a policy of moving the public stocks out of their portfolios as quickly as they can. There is a lot of sturm und drang out there in the worlds of social media, finacial media, and just plain media about all the lockups coming off and all the insider selling going on in some big internet stocks.

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Pink is the New Purple!

500 Hats

Dear Marissa: Think Different. It’s a bit off the wall, but if you think it thru with me, I bet you’ll agree with the strategy.

Software Eats Software Development

Peter Levine

Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio CompaniesWe just invested $100M in GitHub. In addition to the eye-popping number, the investment breaks ground on two fronts: It’s the largest investment we’ve ever made. It’s the only outside investment GitHub has ever taken. Why did we bet the farm on a series A investment? How did they do it? The No.

Coming Of Age

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They meet with tons of companies every week, work hard for their portfolio companies, and are on planes flying around to the important confereneces and demo days. I’m out here slingin bringin the drama, tryin to come up in the game and add a couple of dollar signs to my name - Memphis Bleek Coming Of Age by Jay-Z. I've seen it happen.

Software Eats Education: An Audacious Undertaking

Peter Levine

Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies Education Sebastian ThrunThroughout my career, I’ve been an executive at several tech companies that have revolutionized enterprise computing. I’ve also been an investor and venture capitalist (in the past and currently) focused on finding the next BIG things in tech. Let’s start with what Udacity does.

How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

Both Sides of the Table

So I have taken to recommending to some of my portfolio companies a small addition to my statement above to say, very casually. Why not?”. “We’re

Resegment If You Aren’t In The Top Three

Feld Thoughts

” If you look at the Foundry Group portfolio , you’ll notice a lot of market leaders. Six months ago I wrote a post about how I think about competition which included a list of topics that summarizes my philosophy. I’m back today with the second topic, “Resegment If You Aren’t In The Top Three.” Resegment.

Shark Tank 2012 Holiday Episode Breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Although Sharktank has been running reruns on Fridays the last few weeks, the show ran a Sharktank 2012 Holiday special on Tuesday night.

VC Evolution: Physician, Scale Thyself.

500 Hats

In particular, I hope to highlight some less obvious [r]evolutionary shifts that people outside the industry may overlook. Mega VC, Micro VC.

Why You Should Think Twice Before You Send That Intro Email

Both Sides of the Table

Usually it’s on behalf of a portfolio company. Intros.They’re the lifeblood of networking – the currency of mavens. Promise.)

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

But the short answer is that the best intro is from a portfolio company of that VC or by other entrepreneurs whom that VC respects. Call high.

How to Remain King of the World amidst Titanic Disruptions

Lightspeed Venture Partners

2012 big data Business Models Digital Media predictions startups Storage business models startups media musicVideo. A la carte. iTunes.

Staying Independent

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Angels and early stage investors who have portfolios with high loss ratios might hold on to their strongest performers for five to ten times their money. There are a bunch of entrepreneurs thinking seriously about this issue and I've been thinking seriously about it too. The emergence of a vibrant secondary market may point to a solution.