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How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

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Let me take you back just 10 years ago to 2005 in Silicon Valley where I returned after 11 years of living in Europe. But back in 2005 there were a few people who spotted the trend before others and one of the true pioneers was (and continues to be) Jeff Clavier who founded SoftTech VC.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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Around 2001 Jonah was studying at MIT Media Lab and began running experiments in viral stories in an era before smart phones (2007) and before social networks took off (2004–2007) and before YouTube (2005). For example, one product alone — Tasty — is consumed by 500 million people per month.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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In 2005, Alan McCann created a graphic representation of the Method: Note that Allan changed the title of the risks from technology-execution-market-production to investment-marketing-execution-development. Well, it had to happen.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign

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Steve Jillings has a long track record of running successful startups in Southern California, ranging from such companies as FrontBridge Technologies (sold to Microsoft in 2005 for over $200M) and Vantage Media (acquired in 2007). They started in January of 2005.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

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Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC. Examples – The book is filled with text excerpted from actual funding documents, rather than the generic templates usually found in academic textbooks.

Riding Moonshot, FDA Will Revamp Its Cancer Practice. To What End?

Xconomy

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), for example, oversees chemical and certain biologic treatments like monoclonal antibodies, which include several of the world’s most widely used drugs such as Roche’s bevacizumab (Avastin).

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

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That was five or six years ago, 2005 or so. Some examples of those who we have worked very closely with are Ron Garrett, who was the lead engineer on Google AdWords. Those are two examples, we have about a dozen.

Flipagram: Using Photos And Music To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit

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Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005. The example is Twitter--Twitter is nothing without the link.

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

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We funded one in 2005 and lost a lot of money. I’d like to give you a few examples that are more nuanced: 1. CEO transparency. It almost sounds uncontroversial. A CEO should tell her staff everything! Right? Right?!? Of course not.

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Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g. When I started my second company in 2005 we decided to do everything differently. Let’s take some examples.

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Gene Dolgoff's 3D Vision: Using Crowdfunding To Turn the World 3D

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By late 2005 and 2006, we saw the return of 3D movies, made possible by the digital projectors. Santa Monica-based Fundable (www.fundable.com) is a newly launched, crowdfunding site which is headed by local entrepreneur Wil Shroter.

How Frequency Wants To Bring You Internet Video, with Blair Harrison

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Blair Harrison: I sold iFilm to Viacom at the end of 2005, and got out of there at the beginning of 2008. For example, Frequency is connected into people's online presence, through Facebook, Twitter, and their YouTube account.

Interview with Eli Portnoy, ThinkNear

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For example, if you are a typical restaurant, between 12 and 3 you are probably busy, at between two and six you are probably slow, with 6 until 8 busy again.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

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If you go back to 2005 and 2006 and look at a company which would have a $5M pre- then, it''s now $8 to $10M, all else equal. E-commerce is a great example. One of the most frequent questions from high tech startups is: where''s my exit?

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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I raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. I’ll give you an example from my own fund raising. Raising money is hard. And when you’re relatively new to the process it’s easy to be confused by the process.

Interview with Elizabeth Amini, Anti-Aging Games

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Elizabeth Amini: I actually ran into him in 2005, when he was a keynote speaker at a conference. An example of that is we have built in daily tips, which we have put together after going through 17,000 medical studies on what to do to reduce early memory loss.

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Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

The city has, however, quietly been home to some of the most successful online companies to date, including CitySearch (sold to Ticketmaster for $260 million in 1998), Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $2 billion in 2003), eHarmony and LowerMyBills (bought by Experian for $330 million in 2005).

Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee

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I returned to the gaming industry in 2005, when I started Acclaim Games, which we then sold to Playdom. Howard Marks: In 2005, when I started Acclaim, I believed the future of games were free to play, online games. The Like button is a good example.

Interview with Scott Saunders, Payoff.com

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Scott Saunders: I spent nearly my entire career on the investment side, and in 2005 switched over to the entrepreneurial side of the world. For example, if it's an engineering centric organization, engineering is valued, but sometimes UI gets tossed out the window.

Interview with Robert Flynn, Aggregage

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He has been blogging on a number of subjects, for example, eLearning. As an example of that, we invested in a company, Integrated Media Systems, with a product called Dyaxis, which was the first digital audio workstation. In 2005, YouTube exploded onto the scene, and I took the ideas we had been working on and started--along with J.D. Elearning is an example. Typically, ad networks (for example) don't have many B2B advertisers, and issue for B2B publishers.

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Its BlogWorld Time! Los Angeles Get Ready!

Tech Zulu Event

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2011 comes to Los Angeles and its finally here. Starting November 3-5 (This week) BlogWorld kicks it off as will TechZulu.

Reflections on 2016: Rob Freelen, Silicon Valley Bank

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One example is Santa Monica-based hardware company, Ring, who transitioned to a hybrid business model that now includes recurring revenue. Other examples include media tech companies ZEFR and GumGum � both having record years and positioned extremely well for continued growth in 2017. Since joining SVB in 2005, Rob has led debt transactions for more than 100 public and private companies.

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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One example is that they introduced a program where their founders can pool together shares from their company and exchange them for a small portfolio of other First Round Capital companies. Josh and Howard began co-investing as angels and in 2005 they started a $10 million fund.

Interview with Todd Jerry, Marmol Radziner

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Within that have own custom cabinet shop, our own metal shop, make our own furniture, and as an offshoot of that, started exploring developing modular, prefab homes in 2005. Many local entrepreneurs might know Todd Jerry , formerly a venture capitalist at Anthem Venture Partners.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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He’s been at it since 2005. The net effect for [my company] for example is we are now doing reasonably well. I founded it in 2005 at the age of 37. This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#.

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Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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In 2004 / 2005 I was starting to get intrigued with user-generated content. For example we have a theme we call human computer interaction, a theme we call Glue – which is a software layer that glues things together on the internet. Brad Feld is a fountain of knowledge & wisdom.

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Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav

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A good example of this, is when we first had a baby, my wife wanted to find a pediatrician. One of the previous companies I worked on we sold to Microsoft in 2005, and I then spent some time at Microsoft to get that company integrated. For example, we have a promotion engine, which might allow them to send out a holiday special.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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Although this option was not attractive to the management team, it was a viable alternative circa 2005 and it would have allowed our institutional investors to liquidate their investments. In this example, agreement is achievable between $145M and $185M.

Its BlogWorld Time! Los Angeles Get Ready!

Tech Zulu Event

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2011 comes to Los Angeles and its finally here. Starting November 3-5 (This week) BlogWorld kicks it off as will TechZulu.

Pasadena Angels Invest in a $475,000 Series B Investment in Wasatch Microfluidics

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Pasadena, CA – April 23, 2012 –There couldn’t be a better example of putting the unique founding principles of The Pasadena Angels into practice than the story of their investment in Wasatch Microfluidics. Wasatch Microfluidics was founded in Salt Lake City, in 2005 by Josh Eckman, Bruce Gale and Jim Smith.

Interview with Kevin O'Connor, FindTheBest.com

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billion in 2005, and finally sold again to Google in 2007 for $3.1 Examples of that are if you're looking for a credit card, looking for antivirus software, or summer camp for the kids, or colleges.

How to Negotiate in a Business Acquisition

Tech Zulu Event

A good example of this eBay’s acquisition of Skype in 2005, which resulted in a loss just four years later because leadership failed to integrate the two companies effectively. There are many factors to consider when your company is ready to embark upon an acquisition.

How A Pivot Turned Vantage Media Into A $100M Plus Business

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I had worked before at BEA Systems, the middleware company which was acquired by Oracle in 2004 or 2005, and we used to joke that the company had been built entirely by acquisitions.

Flipagram: Using Photos And Music's To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit

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Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005. The example is Twitter--Twitter is nothing without the link.

Core Innovation Capital's Quest To Find Finance Innovation, With Arjan Schutte

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The Los Angeles examples which you might know about, though not in our portfolio, is Green Dot. Arjan Schutte: I''ve been investing in this space since 2005, and consistently, fifty percent of our dealflow is from California.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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Unexpected Startup Lesson #1: Quitting the day job - Currently Obsessed , May 10, 2010 This post is the first of a series on “unexpected lessons&# learned through my experience as co-founder and CEO of Snapvine , a venture-backed mobile social networking service founded in 2005 and acquired by WhitePages in June of 2008. it’s a great example of a strong startup based on need, entrepreneur Joe Fernandez building something he wanted to use, and getting VC funding; and 3.)

The Convergence of Social Media & Traditional Radio

Eric Greenspan

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started buying live endorsement radio ads back in 2005. As I prepare for my role as emcee in June for Convergence 2010 , I began to look back at how I got involved in radio.

Interview with Eric Bjorndahl, TravBuddy.com

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For example, if you wanted to travel somewhere, such as Paris, at Christmas, you can see who else is going at the same time. Berkeley in 2005, and right after that I started working on the site.

Public and Open Debate is the Highest Form of Democracy (and Blogging)

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I started blogging in 2005 and then re-started blogging about a year ago. I lived in the UK for nearly a decade. I loved my experience there and wish I got back more often now. As a political junkie one of my favorite things to do was to watch Question Time.

Does the Size of a VC Fund Matter?

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Example: if a VC is on their fourth $200 million fund that they just raised in 2009 then you might hear them talk about $800 million under management. For example, my firm, GRP Partners, has a $200 million fund that was closed in March 2009 and we have 4 investment partners.