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Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

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Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF. 20 years ago there were 9,000 public companies.

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Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Don’t we know it. We love LA! startup venture-capital

Why You Can’t Search for a Job From a Remote Location

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I’ve had this conversation many times. The best jobs are of course found through personal connections and in-person, eyeball-to-eyeball contact.

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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After a decade on the job I’ve started to speak more openly when newer industry colleagues now ask me what I’ve learned. Nothing fancier.

And Then They Came for Me …

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Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy. Or is that hyperbole?

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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.

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.

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

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We led a $4 million investment along with Thrive Capital, GLG and Sound Ventures. How does one come up with the right idea to start a company?

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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What is the True Sentiment of VCs? ” and you can see that the balance of caution vs. optimism is 82% to 18%. There is reason for despondency.

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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A Teachable Moment on Race

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It was signed into law 13 years ago by then president George W. Shouldn’t he protest in a different way?” I dunno. Would we be having the conversation?

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Lead, Follow or Get the F**k Out of the Way

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Lead — It’s hard to be a real leader. Decisions are never black or white, so most people fudge. The straddle middle grounds to keep everybody happy.

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.

The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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In modern society we’re all over-worked and over-loaded with information and tasks and to-dos and obligations. That’s why focus is critical.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 Glenn Beck Won the Audience Over at the Upfront Summit

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This is a seriously well written & thoughtful article by @glennbeck - I have to say "hats off" https://t.co/LLfI9iHIJd Please watch.

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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?

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

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Why Invest? But more importantly I worked with Chuck 10 years ago when I was at Salesforce.com and have kept a relationship over the past decade.

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 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.

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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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 I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

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hadn’t cried this much maybe since childhood. wasn’t verklempt — I wept. hadn’t felt this human since the day my two sons were born. How could I not?

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 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.

Let Me Point out to you How Ridiculous the Trump Tech Meeting Was

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A room full of some of the top tech leaders in our country: Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Amazon, Tesla and so forth.

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!

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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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.

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 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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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 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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Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. What is a founder to do? And not a point-of-view I particularly believe in.