True Stories of the NCIS with Oblong Mezzanine

Feld Thoughts

I like NCIS, but I’m especially excited about Oblong’s Mezzanine product being a central part of the show. The post True Stories of the NCIS with Oblong Mezzanine appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Investments mezzanine ncis oblongIf you are an NCIS fan, you are probably excited about the upcoming 48 Hours: NCIS which premieres on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10pm ET/PT.

Next Generation Video Conferencing

Feld Thoughts

They invented the idea of multi-stream collaboration and have been implementing a high-end multi-stream sharing environment in high-end video conferencing rooms with their Mezzanine product. But to do this, you needed a Mezzanine room system. There are endless extensions to this collaboration interaction from the years of Oblong’s experience with multi-share in Mezzanine, each of which are quickly being rolled out in Rumpus. Investments mezzanine video conferencing

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Mercy Hospital Virtual Care Center Supported By Oblong

Feld Thoughts

My friends at Oblong have been involved in some very cool new installations of their Mezzanine product in different vertical markets. Investments collaboration HIMSS mercy mezzanine oblong virtual care centerThey are suddenly seeing a lot of interest from hospitals and health care systems. A recent new installation is the Mercy Virtual Care Center , which is the world’s first virtual care center.

Price of Admission Is An Amazing Product

Feld Thoughts

Accenture just launched their Connected Analytics Experience’s immersive environment which is enabled by Mezzanine. As a daily user of Mezzanine, it actually makes video conference and collaboration tolerable. Technology 3dr bb8 glowforge mezzanine oblong product sphero teslaAs I read about the unveiling of the Tesla Model X , I have two thoughts. The first one is “I want” (hint: Amy – you need to replace your red Range Rover.)

Getting Your Demos Right

Feld Thoughts

The demo is iconic and amazing, but it takes too long and is too abstract for their corporate customers buying Oblong’s Mezzanine product. For several months, I kept banging on them to set up a simple use case, which is the how I use the Mezzanine system in our office. They’ve had a great year, with a strong quarter-over-quarter sales ramp for Mezzanine on both a dollar and unit basis. Product demo makerbot mezzanine oblong Sales I get demos every day.

How’s That No Travel Thing Working For You?

Feld Thoughts

I’ve also started using my Mezzanine video conferencing system extensively – it’s just incredible. Life Boulder life mezzanine oblong travel video conferencing I stopped travelling mid-May (I arrived home in Boulder from San Francisco on 5/17). I’ve decided not to travel at all for the rest of 2013, except for three personal trips (my parents 50th anniversary, Amy’s birthday, and my birthday.)

What’s Old Is New Again

Feld Thoughts

A year ago the present caught up with the future and their first product, Mezzanine , came to life. My Investments future mezzanine oblong pixels user interfaceOver the weekend, Kwin Kramer, the CEO of Oblong , wrote a great essay on TechCrunch titled Hey Kids, Get Off My Lawn: The Once And Future Visual Programming Environment. He starts off with a great Mark Twain quote. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.

Oblong NYC Event on 7/24

Feld Thoughts

In addition to an amazing demo and good food, Christopher Walsh (Director of Product Effectiveness for McGraw Hill Financial S&P Capital IQ) is going to be talking about how his organization uses Oblong’s Mezzanine to change the way they work. If you are in NY on 7/24 and want to have your mind blown by one of my favorite companies ever, go to the Oblong NYC Open House to see their new demo center.

10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

They need a large infusion from venture capitalists, private equity, bank loans, or mezzanine financing. Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise. That’s where I see too much entrepreneur burnout, growth plateaus, and founders being replaced, to their chagrin.

How To Make The Most Of Your Small Startup Office

YoungUpstarts

A much simpler but equally as effective option is installing a mezzanine warehouse. Get in touch with a specialist company, like Invicta Mezzanine Floor, to learn how you can better utilise high ceilings and create a whole new level of floor space in your building. #3: When you first launched your business, you were full of ideas about the office you were going to open, complete with nap pods, gourmet staff cafes and hi-tech break areas to make Google’s headquarters look naff.

Getting a New Receptionist with TextUs.Biz

Feld Thoughts

As a result, we redesigned the entrance to our office with “Receptionist” front and center, a new lobby, and a Mezzanine room. While I have nothing against receptionists, I’ve always felt like it was a thankless job that should be able to easily be replaced by the machines.

Today’s Fun – Gnip, Twitter, Uncommon Stock, and Pre-Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

Series C/D is the new Mezzanine. FSA (Feld Service Announcement) – my version of a “public service announcement”: Moz is on the hunt for a VP of UX and Design. This role is one of our most crucial hires this year. The ideal candidate will come to us with experience and examples to show of very complex, technical projects that s/he made simple and fun.

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10 Keys To Evolution From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

They need a large infusion from venture capitalists, private equity, bank loans, or mezzanine financing. Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise. That’s where I see too much entrepreneur burnout, growth plateaus, and founders being replaced, to their chagrin.

Through the Looking Glass

Feld Thoughts

Our first 3D-related investment was Oblong , which has reinvented the way we engage with computers (which we call infopresence ) through the use of their 3D spatial operating system called g-speak and their collaboration product Mezzanine. He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought — So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. – from Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky.

My Plan to Master Video Conferencing

Feld Thoughts

At the high end, we use Oblong’s Mezzanine. It integrates directly with a Cisco system so you get the Mezzanine experience virtualizing the Cisco high end video conferencing. I’ve decided not to travel for the rest of 2013. There are a lot of inputs into this decision, including the fact that I’ve been travelling 50% – 75% of the time for the last 20 years and I’m just tired of it.

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This Is The Droid You Are Looking For

Feld Thoughts

If you hang around in our office at Foundry Group you see plenty of Makerbots, Fitbits, an Oblong Mezzanine, an Occipital Structure Sensor, ModRobotics Cubelets, littleBits, 3D Robotics drones, and Spheros. One of the most enjoyable things I get to do in my job is to be involved in creating amazingly fun products.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

We have chosen to define “growth rounds” as rounds of $100 million or more but if you include deals of $50 million or more (traditional growth or mezzanine rounds) this accounts for 62% of the entire startup funding market. I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced. Valuations are out of control” is the mantra of others.

This Friday at NYU-Annual Stern Private Equity Conference

David Teten

The Stern Private Equity Club will host its 8 th Annual Stern Private Equity Conference on Friday, March 1 st , 2013. Keynote Speakers are Andrea Bonomi (Chairman of Investindustrial), Mark Dzialga (Managing Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee at General Atlantic) & me.

10 Steps To Scaling Your Startup Toward A Fortune 500

Startup Professionals Musings

They need a large infusion from venture capitalists, private equity, bank loans, or mezzanine financing. Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise. That’s where I see too much entrepreneur burnout, growth plateaus, and founders being replaced, to their chagrin.

The 5 Key Stages of Equity Funding

Growthink Blog

Mezzanine Financing Most companies that raise equity capital and are eventually acquired or go public receive multiple rounds of financing first. Stage #5: Mezzanine Financing Mezzanine capital, often provided by private equity firms, is capital provided either as equity, debt, or a convertible note that is provided to a company just prior to its Initial Public Offering.

IVC PE Survey: Private Equity Deals Booming in Israel

VC Cafe

2)mezzanine – One mezzanine financing accounted for $50 million, or 18 percent of the aggregate deal value, compared to $7 million (two deals) or 5 percent in the previous quarter, and $10 million (one deal) or 6 percent in Q3 2009. (3)distressed

Decline in Private Equity Deals in Israel for Q1 2011

VC Cafe

One mezzanine financing accounted for $36 million or 17 percent of aggregate deal value, compared to $68 million (three deals) or 8 percent in the previous quarter, and $63 million (one deal) or 6 percent in Q1 2010.

The Next Business Stage Requires Aggressive Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

They need a large infusion from venture capitalists, private equity, bank loans, or mezzanine financing. Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise. That’s where I see too much entrepreneur burnout, growth plateaus, and Founders being replaced, to their chagrin.

Financing Acquisitions: Keys to Structuring the Deal And Obtaining The Funding

YoungUpstarts

Many acquisitions in the middle market require a combination of senior debt and some type of equity or quasi-equity like mezzanine financing. by Kenneth H. Marks, founder and managing partner of High Rock Partners and author of “ Middle Market M & A: Handbook for Investment Banking and Business Consulting “ Conventional wisdom says that a company grows by reaching new customers, increasing its workforce, expanding marketing or launching new products or services.

Early Seed Financing Terms Endure… Whether We Like It or Not

Genuine VC

Dharmesh Shah had a great post up last week about the lessons learned from raising a mezzanine round of financing. It’s really interesting, but perhaps only applicable to a more limited set of entrepreneurs. However, there was one gem of a small section in there with a more widely acceptable takeaway: “It turns out that the terms from your Series A are most often cut and pasted into your later round deals.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Late stage large regionally based funds that invest in late stage or mezzanine deals. Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Over the years Dino and I brainstormed about how Lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development. I visited Bend last year and caught up with his progress.

Ten Takeaways from Deloitte’s 2010 Israel VC Indicator Survey

VC Cafe

13% of respondents believe this gap to be in Mezzanine financing and no venture capitalist believes that there is no investment gap.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

As some of the last generation of startups have gotten bigger many VCs have also chased later-stage investments that were traditionally dominated by growth equity or mezzanine funds. Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

Founded in 1970, NAIC firms invest in venture (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/distressed/secondary funds). We are in the midst of two great disruptions to American business: the internet’s ongoing disruption of most traditional industries: finance, healthcare, retail, finance, fashion, etc. the shift of America to a majority minority country by 2050.

Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

David Teten

Founded in 1970, NAIC firms deposit in try (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/ distressed/secondary funds). HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below. If you’re from a major media outlet, please contact me to attend as a guest the pitch night in midtown Manhattan on June 27.

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Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

David Teten

Founded in 1970, NAIC firms deposit in try (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/ distressed/secondary funds). HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below. If you’re from a major media outlet, please contact me to attend as a guest the pitch night in midtown Manhattan on June 27.

The Pre-Seed FAQ

K9 Ventures

Series C/D is the new Mezzanine. One of the people I respect the most in the VC/PE media ecosystem is Dan Primack. I’ve been an avid reader of Dan’s Term Sheet while he was at Fortune , and now Pro Rata at Axios. His writings and knowledge of the inner workings of the VC/PE ecosystem is impressive, and I have learned a lot from reading his columns over the years.

Show Me the Money: What are my Financing Options for my Business?

Up and Running

Traditional banks, government programs, credit unions, micro-lenders, and mezzanine funds all have initiatives to help businesses at all stages of development. Image via Wikipedia. Whether you’re just getting started or have been in business for many years, every business at some time or another will need a little outside financial help. Equipment breaks down, you outgrow your space, or maybe you want to invest in infrastructure.

On Bubbles … And Why We’ll Be Just Fine

Both Sides of the Table

And this is happening in mezzanine (pre-IPO) deals as well. This post originally ran on TechCrunch. I recently spoke at the Founder Showcase at the request of Adeo Ressi. I asked what the audience most needed to hear. He said, “They need an unbiased view of the fund raising environment because there is too much misinformation and everything seems to be changing fast.&#. This was an audience of mostly first-time entrepreneurs.

Scaling the Chasm

Seeing Both Sides

Financing: Do we have the metrics to support a growth or mezzanine round? One of my favorite business books of all time is Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. It is a classic. My boss and mentor from Open Market, Gary Eichhorn , made the entire management team read it in the 1990s to hammer home its important lessons as we stumbled through the chasm on our way to scaling from zero to nearly $100 million in revenue in a few years.

Twitter Link Roundup #153 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Surprising Insights From HubSpot’s $35M Mezzanine Round | ON Startups – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

The Second VC Round – A True Test of Scalability

Scalable Startup

The second round can also be a mezzanine, or pre-IPO round, or even the IPO itself. The Second Round, or “B Round”, or “Follow On” round can be the achilles heel of a startup. It requires much more than a first injection of funding especially in the current healthy seed and angel investing environment.

Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter 2010 Unveils Promising Growth Companies Ahead of Conference

VC Adventure

Twenty Companies Ranging From Seed Stage to Mezzanine Will Showcase Next Generation Technologies from Various Industries at the 27 th Annual VCIR Winter 2010 Conference. Denver, CO, February 23, 2010 – The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association today unveiled its final lineup of growth companies at the 27 th annual Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) 2010 Winter conference.

Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter 2010 Unveils Promising Growth Companies Ahead of Conference

VC Adventure

Twenty Companies Ranging From Seed Stage to Mezzanine Will Showcase Next Generation Technologies from Various Industries at the 27 th Annual VCIR Winter 2010 Conference Denver, CO, February 23, 2010 – The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association today unveiled its final lineup of growth companies at the 27 th annual Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) 2010 Winter conference.

ProfessorVC: Survey says VC's invest on Gut Instinct

Professor VC

One other chart worth noting is the the expected returns from various private capital providers (Banks, Asset based lenders, Mezzanine, Private Equity and VC). ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, September 24, 2009. Survey says VCs invest on Gut Instinct. Nope, the above quote isnt from Richard Dawson on Family Feud, but similar to a headline that caught my attention on the front page of the business section of the San Jose Mercury News this morning.

Think Your Start-up Is Venture Worthy? Think Again.

techcrunch.com

Researchers polled experts in lending, mezzanine capital, private equity, venture capital and private businesses themselves.