Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies
A VC : Venture Capital and Technology
APRIL 5, 2015
I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography.
Start Your Marketplace Engines
JANUARY 23, 2012
At NextView Ventures, we have a number of companies in our portfolio which are “marketplace” businesses, where buyers and sellers meet to exchange a good or service. But the most difficult challenge is starting the marketplace engine in the first place, which can be sparked with one of the techniques above
How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. Portfolio. The Review.
Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs
View from Seed
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Portfolio companies can contact us to learn more.) Saurya Velagapudi is a senior software engineer at Google, based in their Cambridge, Mass.,
How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying
This is going to be BIG.
OCTOBER 7, 2015
Who is actually building a portfolio whose founders reflect the diversity of the greater population? I went back and calculated the number of companies in the first Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio who have at least one founder who is female, from an underrepresented minority group, or LGBT. Not directly, anyway. And does it work?
“Engineering is not enough"
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Engineering is not enough, the visual side as well as the user interface has to be interesting.". Working undercover.
Comparison of the Top 10 WordPress Portfolio Themes for 2016
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
The Top Free WordPress Portfolio Themes Compared I mostly do custom design work and using standard WordPress themes is kind of a no-no in my world.
Brett Berson - Turning a Portfolio into a Community.
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
And while I’m super excited about the strength of our investment team, and the value we can add personally -- we’ve worked very hard to transform our portfolio of entrepreneurs from an unconnected group of companies working independently into a community of entrepreneurs who help each other. We want First Round to be a founders First Call.
Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
We have to do Search Engine Optimization. The company truly has a portfolio strategy when it comes to marketing. Controlled experiments!
Search: Not Provided: What Remains, Keyword Data Options, the Future
OCTOBER 21, 2013
We are headed towards having zero referring keywords from Google and, perhaps, other search engines. Aggregated search engine level analysis.
So You Want to Compete Against Amazon?
OCTOBER 25, 2013
These designers’ unique products are typically not found through Amazon’s search engine as they lack broad awareness.
Digital Attribution's Ladder of Awesomeness: Nine Critical Steps
OCTOBER 24, 2016
It is hard to optimize for the entire portfolio. Culture is a stronger determinant of success with data than anything else. Including data.
Entrepreneurs and VCs can use Innovation Engineering
FEBRUARY 5, 2011
Yes.Entrepreneurs and VCs can use Innovation Engineering. VCs to validate/verify and revalidate/reverify Innovation of their portfolio and future portfolio companies. More on Innovation Engineering is here: [link] and here [link].
The Ingenious Osmo
MAY 22, 2014
It is at the heart of engineering. K9 Portfolio Company Jerome Scholler Osmo playosmo.com Pramod Sharma Tangible Play Ingenuity.
You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D
JULY 21, 2016
That’s 7 out of about 29 investments that K9 has made to date and so that’s almost 1/4 of the K9 portfolio. Hardware is different.
Hiring Female Engineers
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
But some talks are so good they are meant to be shared with the world. Really compelling stuff -- on a very important topic.
card.io: Like Square, but without the square
JUNE 23, 2011
I’m pleased to announce the developer launch of K9 Ventures’ portfolio company, card.io (pronounced card-I-O). GigaOm: Card.io
Best Job Boards for Recruiting Startup Engineers
JANUARY 19, 2012
One of our portfolio companies asked me this week, “Do you all have a list of job boards your portfolio companies have had great success with in recruiting high quality engineers?”. In a Dreamit talk I gave on recruiting star engineers , embedded below, I discuss a host of ways to do this.
Auth0: Solving the Identity Crisis
JUNE 24, 2015
And the product that Auth0 has built blew me away with how well thought through and engineered it is. We have a problem.
Some Happenings In Our Portfolio
A VC : Venture Capital and Technology
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Yesterday, I saw an informal survey of our portfolio companies. Too much pimping of the portfolio doesn't make for a good VC blog.
Los Angeles CTO / VP Engineering Job Searches
MARCH 2, 2015
As the organizer of the LA CTO Forum , I get lots of inquiries by job seekers and people looking for CTO / VP Engineering talent.
Gradescope: AI for Grading and Assessment
APRIL 18, 2016
Engineers in general hate doing things that are repetitive. “I love grading” — I doubt those words have ever been uttered in earnest!
OCTOBER 11, 2011
I had recently finished the Master of Software Engineering ( MSE ) program at Carnegie Mellon and gone full time on my first startup.
The Kick-Ass Cloud For Developers
MARCH 6, 2014
Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies cloud developers DigitalOcean open source The results have been eye-popping.
Excellent Analytics Tip #26: Every Critical Metric Should Have A BFF!
MAY 19, 2014
Now you have excellent context for making smarter decisions about the full-value of each acquisition channel in your portfolio. Simple. Ouch.
Six Visual Solutions To Complex Digital Marketing/Analytics Challenges
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
A secondary, under-appreciated, challenge is that search engines value freshness of content. Two things I love a lot: 1. Let's do this! #1:
Eight Silly Data Things Marketing People Believe That Get Them Fired.
APRIL 29, 2013
Because the search engine has determined that the perfect search result for you for the keyword avinash is a unicorn. [Do Big data. Small data.
Multi-Channel Attribution Modeling: The Good, Bad and Ugly Models
AUGUST 12, 2013
The outcome in either scenario is a restructuring of the organization that is exquisitely geared towards taking advantage of portfolio optimization.
Empowering Analysis Ninjas? 12 Signs To Identify A Data Driven Culture
JANUARY 7, 2014
An example is: "We should add these 80 keywords to our PPC portfolio with a max bid of $14." Tools. People. Consulting. Processes.
Disrupting Proctor & Gamble
SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
The vast majority of Quirky products require an investment of less than $50,000 along with one to four designers/engineers working with the community. If you want to build a large portfolio in a short time, you wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies Product DevelopmentThey get paid!
How Top Venture Capitalists Create (and Sometimes Destroy) Portfolio Company Value
JANUARY 10, 2012
Panelists. Christopher Fralic, Managing Partner, First Round Capital. Dave Tisch, Founder & Managing Director, TechStars NYC. Moderator.
7 Data Presentation Tips: Think, Focus, Simplify, Calibrate, Visualize++
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
You will never obsess about the cost per trade of your E-Trade portfolio, right? All well and good. The last mile. Data presentation! Then down.
Google Analytics Tips: 10 Data Analysis Strategies That Pay Off Big!
JANUARY 2, 2013
Like everything in life, you want a balanced portfolio (left). Traffic Sources > Search Engine Optimization > Geographical Summary.
Put the internet to work for you
DECEMBER 20, 2012
You can leave the hard work of creating the individual tools to the engineers and designers.”. Living in silos. Announcing IFTTT. Looking ahead.
Cloud-client computing and the evolution of the mobile app
OCTOBER 28, 2014
But native apps are a pain: they typically require separate front-end engineers, there is little code shared between apps, and there is no concept of coordination with the back-end (cloud) services. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies cloud-client computing Meteor This is now changing. That is, until Meteor.
Excellent Analytics Tip #24: Obsess About Real Business Profitability
MAY 20, 2013
Digital advertising and marketing is a key part of ZQI's multi-channel acquisition portfolio. Sounds like fun? It is. They do everything.
OCTOBER 11, 2011
I had recently finished the Master of Software Engineering ( MSE ) program at Carnegie Mellon and gone full time on my first startup. So Diego did what only a hacker who loves music can do — as a side project he built a search engine for MP3s – (2look4.com) that let you find almost any song available on the web in MP3 format.
How to build a Silicon Valley caliber product engineering team in Asia
The Next Web
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
There are only 25,000 engineers on this tiny island and a mere one percent of them are unemployed. See part one here and part two here.
You Are What You Measure, So Choose Your KPIs (Incentives) Wisely!
APRIL 23, 2012
of Search Traffic: This measures the percentage of traffic you receive from search engines, in context of all other traffic sources. Sidebar].
Multi-Channel Attribution: Definitions, Models and a Reality Check
APRIL 2, 2012
Experiment with changes in your digital portfolio based on your time decay results. " I believe deeply in that quote. MCA-O2S. All three.