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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?

Raising Venture Capital. Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? CTO’s max out at about 3.

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Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital

David Teten

Nick Ganju, CTO of ZocDoc gave insight into how they oversee scaling of their system. Others range from students to senior developers.

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Building your C Level Team


CEO, CTO, etc. The CTO you need at the start will likely not be the same person you need when you’re 100+ people. They were great!

I’m on the Air – On Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank

Over this program I’ll be talking to entrepreneurs, financial experts and academic leaders in the tech and biotech industries. Call 1-844-942-7866.

Dinner with Werner Vogels - CTO of the World's Largest Lean Startup

This is going to be BIG.

Last Thursday night, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels joined a small group of technical folks from cloud and commerce related First Round portfolio companies for dinner at Double Crown. First Round Capital Venture Capital & TechnologySetting up this dinner made me really appreciate the full scope of the vision of Amazon.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. Such comparisons can only be made for companies at the same stage of development, in this case, for pre-revenue startup ventures. Experience as a COO, CFO, CTO. +. million. RANGE. 0-30%.

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital


He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony. ► February (2) CTO Founders / Cofounders Part-Time Startup CTO? ► January (5) Los Angeles Web Developer Startup CTO or Developer When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Goo.

My Partners

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have two and half partners at Union Square Ventures. We had both been in the venture business for more than a decade, had made a fair bit of money, but were still hungry to prove ourselves. After that sale, he joined USV as a venture partner and as a general partner when we raised our second fund in 2008. We never vote.

Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

Up and Running

I did this with investors who were venture capitalists who had funded companies in the hundreds of millions and asked them to repeat it back to me.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

Both Sides of the Table

Investors: Matrix (Dana Stadler, who was the CTO of PayPal). Investors: Google Ventures. Read more: Index Ventures and TechCrunch.

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Skeletons in the Closet are these types of issues. That smile!

Dharmesh Shah, CTO of HubSpot at Business of Software 2011. Building Big Ass Software Businesses.

Business of Software Blog

Dharmesh Shah is the founder and CTO of HubSpot , a venture-backed software company offering a hosted software service for inbound marketing. Dharmesh Shah - Building Big Ass Software Businesses: Insights and musings on the Business of Software. Prior to HubSpot, Dharmesh was the founder and CEO of Pyramid Digital Solutions. Simple!

The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.

Scalable Startup

I have no doubt he will, for he is a true “Startup CEO”, even though his title is CTO at Acquia. Angel Investor Drupal founder PHP Revenue Growth SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO venture Cash Flow CEOing leadership scalability tom nora venture capital link]. Acquia, Inc. Because they are open source.

Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April


Some great posts from April 2010 that talk to me in terms of being a CTO at a Startup. Redeye VC , April 13, 2010 Startup Development - SoCal CTO , April 23, 2010 Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Ben Casnocha: The Blog , April 15, 2010 Everyone I spoke with loved the idea. Never. Let me know

Tracking the Hiring Funnel

This is going to be BIG.

Venture Capital & TechnologyThis conversation seems to take place at nearly every growing company in just about every board meeting.

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How many co-founders should you have?


But less than 10% of venture exits come by way of an IPO. A CEO, CTO and a third wild card. Is there such a thing as too many?

Ionic Security Raises $9.4m from Kleiner Perkins, Tech Operators, ff Venture Capital

David Teten

I met Adam Ghetti , Founder/CTO, at the first Flashpoint Demo Day in New York in early 2012 at Union Square Ventures. Atlanta ff Venture Capital Ionic Security I couldn’t be more excited to share that one of our portfolio companies, Ionic Security (formerly Social Fortress), has raised $9.4 acquired by Symantec).

Teach 'Em to Tinker

This is going to be BIG.

There was a CTO in the room who had a fifty plus person tech team and so I asked him, "How many of your developers learned their trade in the classroom versus being essentially self taught?". Venture Capital & Technology The other day, I took part in a forum about technology education in Brooklyn. Answer: All self-taught.

The CEO Whisperer

Feld Thoughts

It was “CTO Whisperer.” I saw a great job title this morning when I was looking someone up on LinkedIn. As a mentor. As a teacher.

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Venture Cyclist: You know you're not a startup if?

Venture Cyclist

Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. More ideas welcome in the comments!] Here’s what we came up with. Posted Monday, November 21, 2011. Email This BlogThis! said. Jason Meinzer.

Israeli Startup Wanova Raises $10 million in Series B

VC Cafe

The round was led entirely by previous backers: the Israeli offices of Greylock Partners and Carmel Ventures , as well as US fund Opus Capital.

Los Angeles Startup Community


Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

Business As Usual: Onavo, VideoSurf and Kaminario Raise Funding

VC Cafe

Below are three recent founding rounds in Israeli venture-backed companies. Caminaro develops storage solutions in SSD drives.

On Patterns

This is going to be BIG.

I understand the pause people feel when you look at a startup bio page and you notice that the CTO is female. In fact, I'd venture to say you'd be a little less human if you didn't--because it is simply that: different than what you are used to. Venture Capital & TechnologyThe PTA Board is changing, too. Can I ask?

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Both Sides of the Table , July 22, 2010 An updated Digital Trends presentation - Jeff Hilimire , June 2, 2010 I do what I hate - Jessica Mah , January 7, 2010 Startup Equity Allocation - , January 11, 2010 When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital.

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Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO

Web Startup Lessons Advice from a CTO and Entrepreneur Home About Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO There are not many to be found. He or she might call himself a “consulting CTO,&# “freelance CTO,&# “on-demand CTO,&# “CTO on call,&# “CTO for hire,&# or just a “technology strategy advisor.&#

Los Angeles Startup Community


Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

A Glimpse: My American Dream


This is MY American dream…and I applaud the administration, including my good friend and US CTO Aneesh Chopra, and all the organizations taking part in Startup America for highlighting and enabling the promise that exists in each individual. It seems like yesterday (although it was 1989!) Conforming will give you the status quo.

Attracting a CTO to your startup

When they ask, it often sounds like theyre asking for a product off the shelf--like, "Where can I get some cheap folding chairs?" Id want a rainmaker.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Amount of venture funding provided. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder. Now comes the reality check.

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Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

Both Sides of the Table

Viewing the article through the lens of a venture capitalist there’s much to agree with under the mantra of “growth!” He also nails the reason why venture capital is still necessary to grow large businesses quickly in a world where the costs of running startups have fallen dramatically. For example. Check.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

Both Sides of the Table

Another called Parker Harris, the co-founder and CTO. On December 3rd Brad Feld wrote a one paragraph blog post titled “ Raising Venture Capital &# in which he linked to my blog. The Original Post (after the jump): Venture Capital, By Mark Suster (December 2nd, 2006). Thus is venture capital.

Lightspeed is growing our Consumer Investing team

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Alex Taussig joined us as a partner from Highland Capital Partners where he spent the last 7 years as a venture capitalist.


Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

Not all new ventures are at the same stage of maturity. For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. So what?

We have a CTO, and so can you!

Im a private tutor on Tutorspree Text Aug 23, 2010 @ 9:08 pm Permalink We have a CTO, and so can you! I was told that finding a CTO/technical co-founder in NYC was about as easy as climbing Everest with one leg, no O2, and carrying a dead elephant. Tumbledowntech Random post Mobile Archive Im Aaron Harris. How am I going to do that?

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

Alexander Osterwalder joined us for the opening day, and Oren Jacob , ex-CTO of Pixar joined us for a finale. Over the last two months the U.S.

11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

That includes plenty of his own ventures, including this website, but also plenty of investments. Venture Hacks. Is it a brilliant idea?

How Venture Capitalists Decide What to Fund

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What do venture capitalists look for in a startup ? For Adele Oliva of 1315 Capital, it was great leadership teams. No surprises there.

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Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business

Home About Press IA Capital Partners Archives After 17 years in M&A, Derivatives and Trading, Im spending my time with young entrepreneurs in and around financial technology and digital media. Main February 23, 2010 Advice for CTO Founders: Dont Let Business Kill the Business Founding a technology company is an amazing thing.