Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match

Feld Thoughts

Today Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) announced their support for Global EIR , a cause for which I care deeply. Global EIR supports programs throughout the US, currently ranging from Anchorage to Boston and seeks to expand to everywhere in between.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Entrepreneurial clusters like Silicon Valley (or NY, Boston, Austin, Beijing, etc.) And for Silicon Valley the investor flight to social media marks the beginning of the end of the era of venture capital-backed big ideas in science and technology. The common wisdom is that Silicon Valley has always gone through waves of innovation and each time it bounces back by reinventing itself.

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Bob Metcalfe Wants to Create a Better Silicon Valley in Austin

SiliconHills

By Laura Lorek Reporter with Silicon Hills News At 24 Diner in downtown Austin, Bob Metcalfe orders a large bowl of fruit with extra strawberries and coffee for breakfast. He’s doing the Boston Marathon in April. His wife, Robyn, […] The post Bob Metcalfe Wants to Create a Better Silicon Valley in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills.

Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Just a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley. A few years ago, Boris wrote that something special was happening in the Toronto-KW corridor (for those of you non-Canadians, that would be like SF and the Valley). If we try to dissect the magic of Silicon Valley, I think there are five key factors at play: Great schools.

Build Your Life Where You Want To Live

Feld Thoughts

I’m happy to do an interview with WGBH anytime they call given the number of hours of my life I spent listening to them during my twelve years living in Boston. Places boston Boulder boulder thesis interview life silicon valleyAmy and I just got back from a great week off the grid in Paris. We were both exhausted and badly needed a break. When we want to get away from humans, we go to our place in Homer.

The World Doesn't Need Another Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

When Bradford wrapped up his own talk, I asked for his thoughts on global entrepreneurship and where Silicon Valley is headed. What are the advantages to not being based in Silicon Valley? When you''re competing for talent in the Valley, it can be incredibly competitive.

I don’t miss the silicon valley (and you shouldn’t either)

The Startup Toolkit

The valley only has about 4x more VC deals than London (although average valuations are admittedly 2x higher): The valley is not 1000x better. And it’s not as good in the valley as you probably think. Entrepreneurs worldwide suspect the grass is greener in San Francisco.

The Boston Surprise

Fred Destin

Now that I am leaving Boston I can talk about its startup ecosystem in all candor. When Oculus VR was sold recently, I know many people were surprised to hear Boston mentioned in connection with the company. Culture matters, and here in Boston the startup culture has been building fast.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Gust

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. The Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. Still, the competition in the Valley is fierce.

Bob Dorf – How Silicon Valley Innovates

Business of Software Blog

BoS2012 takes place over 2 and a half days 1st-3rd October, 2012, at the InterContinental Hotel, Boston. If you can’t make it to Boston, you can watch the livestream if you register for a free BoS account.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

Both Sides of the Table

Last year I was on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley meeting with one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country. And this Silicon Valley bias isn’t limited to any single meeting – it has been a recurring theme in my time as a VC.

I’m In Cambridge, Not Boston

Feld Thoughts

Over the last three weeks I’ve had numerous people ask me how my trip to Boston has been going. Tonight, after hanging out at the TechStars Boston Mentor evening and program kickoff, I got into a long discussion with a Bill Warner and Ken Zolot about Cambridge, Boston, and startup communities. At some point in the conversation I blurted out “I have no idea why we call this program TechStars Boston instead of TechStars Cambridge.”

The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup

Up and Running

Silicon Valley, California, USA. Coming in at number one (which should surprise absolutely no one) is Silicon Valley, California’s resident hub for startup and entrepreneurial innovation. Top 10 Hot Incubators to Join in Silicon Valley. Boston Startups Guide.

Dave McClure Misses An Additional VC Trend.Outside Silicon Valley

Seeing Both Sides

But I think he's missing one important trend that is happening outside of Silicon Valley. For those of us who practice the VC craft outside of Silicon Valley, it is clear that the mega VC strategy just doesn't work. Nearly all of the mega hits have been Silicon Valley based. Most of the recent big successful exits outside Silicon Valley (e.g., The micro VC strategy also is particularly well-suited for Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley of the East: This City Racked Up $1.9 Billion in New VC Deals This Year (Infographic)

Inc Startups

New infographic highlights massive successes in Boston tech and advertising

Silicon Valley, New York, Tel Aviv: Here's the World's Start-up Hubs

Inc Startups

A new report reveals that Silicon Valley outpaces all other start-up ecosystems but cities around the world are catching up. Silicon Valley ranks first across all eight indexes.

Startup Location Is Still A Critical Success Factor

Startup Professionals Musings

I still have to tell some entrepreneurs that even with the best idea, they have to move to Silicon Valley to find the investors they need, or they need to move to the U.S. Today, Silicon Valley is the consumer and enterprise software capital of the world.

Bravo's Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess

ReadWriteStart

But in early November, cable channel Bravo will debut a new reality program titled “ Silicon Valley ” that will chronicle the lives and struggles of startup entrepreneurs in San Francisco. They don’t represent the true Silicon Valley.in

Bravo's Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess

ReadWriteStart

But in early November, cable channel Bravo will debut a new reality program titled “ Silicon Valley ” that will chronicle the lives and struggles of startup entrepreneurs in San Francisco. They don’t represent the true Silicon Valley.in

Startup Ecosystem Report : Boston vs rest of the world

Fred Destin

The new report ranks Boston ranks 6th overall, behind SV, Tel Aviv, LA (oddly), Seattle (oddly) & New York but also highlights its breadth and depth and concludes it is a "real alternative to Silicon Valley". Boston Startups boston ecosystem startup

What Makes The Boston Start-Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

Like Boston, the NYC, SF, Silicon Valley, Boulder and Austin start-up scenes are all on stronger footing and more vibrant and diverse than ever as compared to a few years ago. Enjoy: Boston startup scene picture presentation 2-12.

5 Reasons to Avoid Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

Sure, it seems like a great idea to start up in the Valley. Many would argue that since Silicon Valley gets the most venture capital, has the most powerful pillar companies, the deepest talent pool, and the best universities that it’s the best place to locate your start-up.

On Geography

K9 Ventures

I’ve already written about why I want the whole team to be in one location, but in that post, I didn’t address why I want the entire team to be in Silicon Valley. Most people, and especially those outside the Valley, think that the reason for this geographical constraint is because “Investors are lazy,” or, “They want their portfolio companies to be within driving distance.” In my view, the Valley often swings too far with this one.

On Geography

K9 Ventures

I’ve already written about why I want the whole team to be in one location, but in that post, I didn’t address why I want the entire team to be in Silicon Valley. Most people, and especially those outside the Valley, think that the reason for this geographical constraint is because “Investors are lazy,” or, “They want their portfolio companies to be within driving distance.” In my view, the Valley often swings too far with this one.

Nobody Gets Consumer in Boston

Rob Go

Everyone knows that nobody gets consumer in Boston. If you want to invest in the next great consumer company, you better be in Silicon Valley or New York. Boston has amazing consumer companies, but the region gets no love for some reason. So, why doesn’t Boston get more love on the consumer internet side? I could say that Boston is just far away from the major media centers, and thus doesnt’ get enough attention, which is true.

What Boston’s Top Consumer Tech Leaders Think About Boston’s Consumer Tech Struggles [#BostonB2C Recap]

View from Seed

On Tuesday, July 21, we hosted the first-ever Boston Consumer Tech Summit. We have companies in Chicago, San Francisco (and elsewhere in Silicon Valley), Omaha, and New York. But a large majority of our investments are in our backyard of Boston — and, aside from our work as investors, this city is near and dear to our hearts. Here is some of the best commentary from the community… For starters, why does Boston get a bad consumer rap anyway?

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using. Andrew Goloboy KLR PAYROLL & BENEFITS Most popular: ADP TriNet EMSI Bruce Crohn OTHER COMPLETELY UNPROMPTED MULTIPLE PROACTIVE SHOUT-OUTS Silicon Valley Bank for banking was most popular by far Bruce McDougall at WGA and EBS Capstone for insurance Scalar Analytics and SVB for 409a valuations HUGE DISCLAIMER.

Boston VC community breaks with killjoy roots, will actually party

Fred Destin

So we thought an awards ceremony with a semblance of voting would appease these incessant calls to be 'more like Silicon Valley'". It is unclear whether a PR agency was hired to help the Boston VC community with this carefully crafted repositioning. Boston Conferences

Stanford And Harvard Profs Explain Why These Two Regions Host Most Startups

Inc Startups

The network effects of having lots of talented people in the same place are enough to overcome high housing costs and other negative features of Silicon Valley and Boston.

Boston Startup Talent: Leaky Bucket or Everlasting Spring?

Agile VC

One of our portfolio companies, Plastiq , announced yesterday that they raised a $10M Series B led by Khosla Ventures and are planning to move their headquarters from Boston to San Francisco. The Boston ecosystem may have failed young entrepreneurs 7-10 years ago.

Ten Takeaways from VentureCrushATX

SiliconHills

But lately, a number of venture capital firms have launched big funds here and others from Silicon Valley, Houston and Boston have offices here or regularly […] The post Ten Takeaways from VentureCrushATX appeared first on SiliconHills. In Austin, new entrepreneurs often struggle to get cash, especially that early investment to fuel their startups from inception to billion dollar ventures. Austin is also known for bootstrapping.

Some IPO speculation

Startup Lessons Learned

His posts are born of tremendous research into the secret history of Silicon Valley , and if you haven’t read those essays, you should. His posts are born of tremendous research into the secret history of Silicon Valley , and if you haven’t read those essays, you should.

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Overheard in Silicon Valley

Startup Economy

If my previous post was an indication of summarizing my daily lessons learned in the Valley, yes, I slacked off. Tags: New York startup facebook Silicon Valley gossip boston google

You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

Steve Blank

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. 5:18 Why entrepreneurship thrived in Silicon Valley. 14:49 Engineers built products for themselves and the “next bench” 15:27 Why MBA’s avoided Silicon Valley. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast.

Yes, You Can Raise Money if You're Not in Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

Importantly … I would pitch investors in SF, NY, Boston, LA, etc. Staying local means being flexible and accessible, advises Mark Suster. I travel the country a lot. And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community.

Lessons Learned: Where did Silicon Valley come from?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Where did Silicon Valley come from? I think the absolute best reading on this subject is a book called Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 by AnnaLee Saxenian. You might be wondering: who were those brilliant people who made the key decisions to mold Silicon Valley? Silicon Valley is nearly 100 years old.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community (Fall 2013 Edition)

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. However, Boston is a transient town, especially for the student population that refreshes a large number each year. This guide is designed to help you hit the ground running and is a starting point for your entrepreneurial journey in Boston. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community. Boston College Venture Competition. Barb Darrow – Boston based writer for GigaOm.

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The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

While the meme that the only place to build a company is in Silicon Valley has softened, there’s still a strong belief that the best place to be if you are a first time entrepreneur is Silicon Valley.

The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you study Silicon Valley, what you see is something that looks like a forest where trees grow tall, produce seeds that drop and start new trees, and eventually the older trees mature and stop growing or worse, die of disease and rot, but the new trees grow up even taller and stronger. This darwinian evolutionary model of startup hub development is not limited to silicon valley. We have seen it play out in other places, most notably Boston, and increasingly in NYC.

What Makes a Great Consumer Startup Marketer?

View from Seed

While the startup environment in Boston has vastly improved over the last several years , I continue to hear the sentiment that it’s really tough to build a great consumer startup in Boston. So, What’s the Deal with Boston Consumer?