December, 2017

Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups


It’s that time of year when we’re all staring down the end of the December, wondering where the months have gone. This is also the time when a lot of entrepreneurs wrestle with their plans for the next year, asking themselves: Where should I bet big? Are the growth targets right? How am I going to pay for all these. Read more >. The post Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups appeared first on The Gust Blog

The Early Stage Slump

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: “we believe 2012-16 was a bubble in early-stage funding” [link]. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 1, 2017. And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it. The data is pretty clear.

10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today

Startup Professionals Musings

I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed again that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring entrepreneurs.

7 Highlights from Lean Startup Week

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest Post by Misti Yang, Writer for Lean Startup Co. Editor’s Note: We wrapped up the 2017 Lean Startup Week in San Francisco just a few weeks ago, and we’re excited to share with you some of the best lessons learned in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.

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10 Questions That Matter for Your Brand


No matter if you’re working on your personal or business brand, here are questions that matter. You need to answer these to find your story. Every time you’re thinking of building something unique or world-changing, ask yourself these questions. Your long-term vision depends on it.


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10 Steps To Develop Your Ability To Think Differently

Startup Professionals Musings

Every culture and community puts pressure on its members to follow the norms. Even young people who start out wanting to be different are called “freaks,” and most are slowly bent back into the norm by the time they “grow up.”

8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018


8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018. Executive Assistants never seem to rest, let alone take time away from work to focus on themselves. That’s why these Executive Assistant conferences are perfect for all those powerhouses who love to work eight days a week.

Year End Brand Review: Where Do You Stand Today?


Year end brand reviews are a touchy topic. Mid-level managers in large companies may have over 10 people reporting into them, and no one really enjoys the evaluation process. Usually it takes up valuable time and can often be seen as a mere formality.

Book: The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Feld Thoughts

This book was a delight. I started reading it earlier this year, caught up quickly (I started in July), and then mostly read a page each day when I was in the bathroom in the morning.

26 Entrepreneurs Explain Their Major Accomplishments in 2017


The end of every year is the opportunity reflect on a 365 day journey. 2017 was a bad year for some and for some it was a great year. Many businesses were launched and others were closed. Pivots were made and goals were shattered.

The Second Quartile

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. A few investments produce the vast majority of the returns while many investments return nothing. Managing a portfolio with power law dynamics is a challenge. At USV, we tend to make 20-25 investments per early stage fund. The best four to five investments per fund will usually produce greater than 80% of the total returns of a fund (the top quartile).

7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holidays and a Reminder to Slow Down and Smell the Coffee


Playing the word association game for 2017, we came up with an interesting list: Unpredictable. Erratic. Millennials. Refugees. Stories (naturally). Politics. Trump (right, relates to “erratic”). Invention. Nationalism. Misconduct. Wacky. Media. Celebrations.

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“Customer First” Healthcare

The subject of the “consumerization of healthcare” has been around for many years.

Did Tech Companies Ever Have Our Best Interests At Heart?

Feld Thoughts

An adapted essay from Noam Cohen new book The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball showed up several weeks in the New York Times in the article Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend. It’s an important one to read slowly and carefully as there are several key points in it. In the last week, two early Facebook execs made remarkably critical statements about what they were involved in helping create.

29 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Playing Your Role

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Investing in many different companies, with different founders, different cultures, and different missions requires the ability to adapt to each and every one. I like to think about it as playing a role in a play. Even though I am the same person, with the same fundamental beliefs, I end up playing very different roles in the companies I invest in and work with.

9 Beautiful Questions Will Validate Your Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

How To Market Your Brand By Starting A Social Action


by Turian da Silva Bielschowsky, founder and managing director of Magma Translation. In this 21 st century, having a respectable image seems to matter a lot. After all, there is always a company to pollute a lake and kill all its fish, and another to earn tons of money by committing insurance fraud.

The pessimist in the room

David Cohen

In my startup investing, inside portfolio companies at the highest leadership and board levels, I always want to make sure that a pessimist has a seat at the table. I want a table full of optimists, but I also want at least one respected pessimist sitting there.

Mental Fitness, the NFL, Active Minds, and the Competitive Workplace

Feld Thoughts

There aren’t many similarities between the workplace of an NFL football player and that of a tech entrepreneur. My body doesn’t get pounded each week. Decisive critical thinking and typing speed are valued more than the last time I ran 40 yards in under five seconds.

How Startups Actually Grow

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

We’ve all seen the growth curve on the left – all successful startups strive for a version of one. But in reality, the notion of a smooth growth curve actually masks how most successful companies truly grow.

How To Remain Productive When You Feel Like Giving Up by Yaro Starak

Like most people, some mornings I wake up and feel less than enthusiastic about working. Sometimes, this feeling doesn’t stem from laziness or apathy, it’s a stronger power, a sense of futility and helplessness. I know a lot of people look to my story of success as a source of.

UK VCs growing faster than European counterparts

The Equity Kicker

One fear I heard expressed a lot post Brexit is that the London will lose it’s place as the dominant startup centre in Europe. These fears were compounded by programmes from France, Germany and other governments to get UK companies to relocate. It appears these campaigns have had little impact.

4 eLearning Tools To Train Your Remote Employees


by Anand Srinivasan, founder of . Between 2012 and 2016, the number of people working remotely at least sometime rose eight percentage points from 39% to 47%. Nearly a third of these workers spend between 80 to 100 percentage of their time working remotely.

How to Build a Website for a New Product (and How We Did It)

Up and Running

Editor’s note: We’re launching a new product, and we want to take you along for the ride. So, we’re pulling back the curtain to give an inside look at what really goes on behind the scenes of building and launching something new.

Driving Product Priorities with a Stakeholder Roadmap

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Marc San Luis (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Dave Skrobela]. In the education-technology sector, there is one hard-set deadline. That deadline is simple: you must release a working product before back-to-school begins. Period.

11 Analytics Experts Share Their Favorite New Features of GA and GTM


Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager are tools that most marketers use on a daily basis. New stuff is added to both of them all the time. What’s something new and useful that was added in 2017 the top experts love? In no particular order. #1: 1: Krista Seiden, Google.

29 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

VCs and our quest to invest in “home runs”

The Equity Kicker

This chart (taken from a recent post by First Republic’s Samir Kaji, data from leading venture investor Horseley Bridge ) shows that to get the 3-5x return that most venture capitalists target 10% of their portfolio need to return 10x+.

10 Tips For Creating A Successful Resume


One of the greatest challenges when it comes to job hunting is writing a good resume. Employers usually just take a couple of seconds scanning each resume before they stick it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile, which is quite harsh.

Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

Up and Running

This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight.

Why Millennials Are Flocking To Self-Employment

YFS Magazine

Today’s millennials are willing to trade up a cubicle for a garage or a kitchen table if it means being in charge of their own destiny. Plan millennials starting a business startup advice young entrepreneurs

FaceID vs TouchID

David Cohen

Regarding the iPhone X vs previous models, so far I prefer TouchID to FaceID. TouchID is something I learned to forget about.