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Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?” have this “How much should I raise?”

Why Acceptance of Failure is Critical to Startup Success

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I talk about failure a lot because I think it can be tremendously instructive and I think that success without failure often masks underlying lessons.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do? And Lyft? Twitter was a podcasting company.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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When I publicly Tweeted that all companies should be gross margin positive many people pointed out that Amazon wasn’t profitable for many years.

How to Stay in Control of Your Meetings

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Meetings. The bane of many of our existence. They suck up time and are often unproductive or don’t yield the results we expect. This is a total waste.

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The Resetting of the Startup Industry

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Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business. Why does this matter? Start early.

Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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love to watch networks evolve, see how crowds gather and communicate and curate and share. Twitter became ephemeral. The “half life” was very short.

The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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Every year at Upfront we try to analyze the venture markets. We try to look at the sources of capital, the valuations, exits and trends. VC Industry

Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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Thus begins Snapchat and why you don’t get it. That’s the point. So get over it. But now for the 101 … Main Areas of Snapchat. P.P.S.

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

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Rolf Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.” Or not. Whoops!

Venture Outlook 2016

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There is a lot of uncertainty about the state of the private, high-growth technology markets and the venture capital markets that underpin them.

Why Computer Vision Tracking the Flow of People Will be a Huge Market

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The basic use-cases of this simple data are obvious. and so on. Each human is captured in a polygon shape at a precise moment in time. Why Density?

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles. blog here ). They enter the industry knowing that they know nothing. Right?

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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…But LPs Have Been Putting Out More Money Than They Are Getting Back. That’s money that fuels our startup ecosystems. Sorry! Summary.

The Most Important Book I Read This Summer

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I love reading non-fiction as a way to challenge myself to understand topics that stretch my understanding of the world around me. And there is was.

Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

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Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard. Opening is easier than closing. Step one: Be proactive. Start, sure.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. In our industry we applaud the efforts for entrepreneurs to have tried and we know that today’s failure can bring the experience for tomorrow’s success. Yet I can’t help thinking there are many predictable failures that come from a lack of basic planning. Market Size.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

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It was a nerve racking morning. My favorite Tweet of the morning came from Hunter Walk. And I said so publicly. That’s the thing. Neither do I.

What Everyone Should Take Away from Twitter’s 8% Staff Reductions

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Today Twitter announced it had laid off around 336 jobs or 8% of its workforce. Nobody should celebrate, cheer or shout, “it’s about time.”

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Startup Advice

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I usually tell people that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned by F’ing up at my first company. Continue reading on Medium

The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

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I was watching my favorite show on TV this morning – GPS (Global Public Square) with Fareed Zakaria. It is a hugely compelling show because Zakaria covers world issues that will affect all of us in ways that are accessible and with frameworks for processing disparate information. But the conversation rang very true for me. Leadership

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What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

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Anybody who reads the blog regularly will know that I’m long video. I’ve made 5 investments in the sector and I hope to make 5 more. Sight.

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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I noticed this post today from Ezra Galston titled “ Dear Brad, Fred & Mark: How The Hell Do You Do It? answered. I get asked all the time.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

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spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. could go on for a long time. Why? 1.

An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You

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$30 million. That’s how much Invoca raised and we’re announcing it today. But the story started more than 6 months ago. FOMO was NOMO.

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MakeSpace Raises an Additional $17.5 million and Unveils Strategy to Make Public Storage the Next Blockbuster Video

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MakeSpace , the leading provider of next-generation storage for consumers, today announced an additional $17.5 Strategy. Public Storage does about $2.4

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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Any reader of this blog for a period of time will know that I’ve been long YouTube for years. That is YouTube today. But think of this.

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So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days?

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There is much talk these days that startup valuations have decreased and may continue to do so and that the amount of time it takes to fund raise may take longer. But the hardest question to actually answer is, “What is the right burn rate for your company?” Who are Your Existing Investors? Wouldn’t you rather know where you stand?

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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I live in LA and fund startups. So you can imagine that I see a lot of video startups. Most will fail. repeat the same mantra to every one I see.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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” Numero uno. I was nowhere to be found. And that’s a true reflection of just how successful and prolific Greg has been in LA. Earnestly.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America. AOL and the like. Enter content.

Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange. In 2011 I started using Instagram. love it. Stay young.

Why I Don’t Celebrate Income Inequality

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What drives economic inequality in the US? Should we be concerned about the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many? I am not writing about this out of the blue – this seems to be the topic of the day in my social stream based on blogs written, retweets rendered and attaboys handed out. Everybody knows this.

The Silent Benefits of PR

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I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly.

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The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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In the comments section a clever question popped up about whether I would have invested in myself before I became an investor. Literally. often say.

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Fauxmentum

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__. faux·men·tum. fōˈmen(t)əm,fəˈmen(t)əm/. when a technology startup, its investors or the market believe in robust growth rates writ large. Summary.

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Partner Leverage.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

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you’re not following him?). The message of the panel was very clear – “We don’t need your help. And of course he’s right.

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Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. They make a great pair.

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Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

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Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so. It’s not that I’m anti innovation or a disbeliever in disruption or calling it a full-scale bubble or saying every darling startup is going to fail. None of those. Still. Somebody posted too many party fliers. The uninvited crowds have all turned up.