Partner, Partner, Partner

K9 Ventures

Every so often, I’ll meet with a founding team and they will tell me that they met with a “Partner” at a VC firm. If I wasn’t riffing off of an inside joke that’s funny to me, I’d boringly call this post “Understanding the use of the Partner title in the VC industry.” Back then you had Managing Directors/General Partners, Venture Partners/Partners, and then Principal/Associates.

Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Recognizing this, we started to make a list of people we would consider adding as partners, as one of our deeply held beliefs was never to have associates, venture partners, or EIRs as part of our firm.

6 Traits to Look for When Choosing a Business Partner

Up and Running

Finding a business partner. We turned to the experts at the Young Entrepreneur Council for their advice on what to look for in a potential business partner; here are the six areas they said were most important. 6 essential traits to seek in a potential business partner.

Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution

Feld Thoughts

Recently, Return Path launched their innovative new Partner Platform solution , the first deliverability platform built exclusively for ESPs, with extensive input from their longstanding ESP partners. The post Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Load Balancing Between VC Partners

Feld Thoughts

Fortunately, I’ve got amazing partners. As a result, we’ve always been active at moving primary responsibility for a company (which we define as a board seat) between partners. In addition, we do this exercise as each partner returns from their one month annual sabbatical, as the other three partners have already been handling that partner’s primary responsibilities. The post Load Balancing Between VC Partners appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Entrepreneurs With A Great Idea Need A Great Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s fine for one to be the visible head of the company, but if you look at recent great successes of recent times, almost always there is a partner behind the scenes who was key to making the right things happen. Do online research on crowdfunding and partner dating sites.

Benchmark’s Newest General Partner Chetan Puttagunta

abovethecrowd.com

The partners at Benchmark are pleased to announce Chetan Puttagunta has joined the firm as our newest General Partner. Nearly 15 years ago one of Benchmark’s founding partners, Kevin Harvey, saw the skills of a young Peter Fenton on a board they shared. As the Benchmark partners got to know Chetan better, it became clear that his infectious curiosity, analytical rigor, and boundless energy to serve entrepreneurs fit perfectly with our culture.

My Partners Blogging In 2017

Feld Thoughts

My partners Chris Moody , Seth Levine , and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. If you are following and reading me, I encourage you to follow and read my partners to get the full view of how we think about things at Foundry Group. The post My Partners Blogging In 2017 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By Partnering

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. Even for small companies, it is critical that all employees be well-informed about what skills, technology and information can be shared with their partner and what is off-limits.

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

Both Sides of the Table

Kobie Fuller, Partner at Upfront Ventures We set out to build a venture capital firm that would not only be a beacon for the rapidly growing LA tech ecosystem but also one that would compete and collaborate nationally with the best firms in the country.

Checklist To Find The Startup Partner Of Your Dreams

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups, I often get asked what to look for in an ideal co-founder or business partner. After some reflection, I now realize these attributes are necessary but not sufficient to be an ideal business partner. business entrepreneur Eric Schmidt partner startup

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

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The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

My Partners

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster suggested: how about a post on your partners: who they are, how you guys work together & a bit more about how you guys reach decisions on deals? I have two and half partners at Union Square Ventures. After that sale, he joined USV as a venture partner and as a general partner when we raised our second fund in 2008. Many people think I am the "lead partner" at USV.

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. Even for small companies, it is critical that all employees be well-informed about what skills, technology and information can be shared with their partner and what is off-limits.

Forward Partners new logo

The Equity Kicker

It’s great to finally have an icon, I love the way we’ve shifted the emphasis to the ‘Partners’ in Forward Partners and, last but not least, the process we went through is a great example of how we work. Forward Partners I love our new logo!

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” business entrepreneur partner startup traits

How to Find a Business Partner

Up and Running

You don’t have to do everything yourself—a partner can be an asset to your business. For this reason, you might consider working with a business partner. But, how can you find and cultivate a business partner relationship like that? Choose a partner you can trust. “A

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk. In fact, I would broaden the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” Some people are too independent to be partner material.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. People often ask me what VCs look for when we hire partners and many have asked how to become VCs themselves one day.

Suggestions for Spouses Whose Partner Is Depressed

Feld Thoughts

I think this applies to anyone who has a partner with a major illness – a stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or depression. You are already pouring an enormous amount of your energy into your partner and not much, if anything, is coming back.

Vista Equity Partners Backs Austin-based YouEarnedIt

SiliconHills

YouEarnedIt, a startup focused on rewarding employees at companies, has landed an investment from Vista Equity Partners, based in Austin. The Austin based startup also received investment from its previous investors, Ridge Ventures and Silverton Partners.

Silverton Partners Closes on a New $108 Million Fund

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners, based in Austin, announced this month that it has closed on Fund V at $108 million. The post Silverton Partners Closes on a New $108 Million Fund appeared first on SiliconHills.

10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

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What Should I Look For In A Business Partner?

YFS Magazine

Starting a business with a partner is like getting married. Plan business partners cofounders collaboration partnership starting a businessBefore you say “I do” to just anyone, consider the following.

How Amazon Partners With Brands

YoungUpstarts

Better yet, how does Amazon partner with brands? Amazon doesn’t partner with brands – each brand needs to build and manage its own Amazon strategy.

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner. We are sparring partners, not “deciders.”

CognitiveScale Partners with Dell to Deliver Tailored Customer Service Using AI

SiliconHills

One of the leaders in the space is CognitiveScale, a five-year-old Austin-based startup, that announced Tuesday it is partnering with Dell to create a new way to interact with customers using its […].

Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Need High-Tech Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Should they go after high-tech nerds for partners, or professional technologists? The right answer for a good business partner today is neither of the above. I find that many entrepreneurs are so passionate about their own idea that they can’t stop selling it to potential partners.

What Makes a Great Business Partner?

Both Sides of the Table

A while back when I was reading the press I saw a quote from Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins that was simple, yet profound. He was quoted as saying, “Being a great partner is as important as being smart or being right.”. What does it mean to be a great partner? When I think about partners I think about: integrity, loyalty, commitment, trust and knowing that somebody will be there for me in good times and bad. Being a great partner is being a mensch.

Partners Forever (or close to it)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am still technically a partner in a venture capital firm (Euclid Partners) that I left in early 1996. I still get K1s from them as there remain a few illiquid investments in the last fund I was a partner in. We stopped investing at Flatiron Partners in the summer of 2000, twelve years ago. One of my partners sits on another board. That's why I am still a partner in two businesses that I have not been active in for a long time.

Benchmark’s New General Partner Sarah Tavel

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The partners at Benchmark are excited to announce that Sarah Tavel has joined the firm as our newest General Partner. About a year ago, we asked our venture partner Scott Belsky who he thought had the greatest potential to become one of the best investors of the next decade. Early on, at Bessemer Venture Partners, she helped source and pursue companies as varied as Pinterest and GitHub well before they were broadly understood.

Lightspeed Venture Partners Closes on $1.8 Billion of Committed Capital

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The post Lightspeed Venture Partners Closes on $1.8 Billion of Committed Capital appeared first on Lightspeed Venture Partners

5 Tips To Find The Business Partner Of Your Dreams

YFS Magazine

Uncategorized business partners co-founders couplepreneurs partnershipStarting a business with a co-founder is risky business without having the proper plans and expectations in place from day one.

LiveOak Venture Partners Adds Two More Investment Professionals

SiliconHills

LiveOak Venture Partners announced this week that it has expanded its staff. The post LiveOak Venture Partners Adds Two More Investment Professionals appeared first on SiliconHills. LiveOak, based in Austin, added Mike Marcantonio as principal and Mason Rathe as a senior associate.

How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

Up and Running

Finding the right business partner is no easy feat. The stark reality is that you will most likely work your way through multiple business partners as you embark down your desired career path, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

From Law to Investment: Interview with Michael Kaye, Founder and Managing Partner of ClearLight Partners

Inc Startups

Leaving a career in law, Michael Kaye founded ClearLight Partners to help businesses meet their full potential.

SAP: Partners First

deal architect

But SAP unabashedly says Our Partners are Job 1. Most companies will say things like customers are our highest priority. Or quality. Or Investors. Or even write bestselling books about "Employees First". Not sure how else to explain that SAP. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Our Partner Andy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Andy Weissman is a name that is surely familiar to many of you. He co-founded Betaworks , one of the crown jewels of the NYC startup scene. And his writing, his coaching, and his insights have been valuable to so many entrepreneurs in NYC and around the world. Today Andy is announing his arrival at Union Square Ventures on the USV blog (where else?). Go give it a read and give Andy a big welcome in the comments. Venture Capital and Technology

Ten Attributes of Your Ideal Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal business partner. In this article, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

7 Steps to Building a Successful Channel Partner Program

ConversionXL

These are actual results a startup Ringadoc got from their partner program. Chris Samila , Partnerships Manager at Optimizely shares: “We saw building and supporting a partner ecosystem as a massive opportunity. So we started building out the partner program.”.