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Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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“You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.” There’s a reason that Maker pulled away while most online video companies did not. Online technology company that distributes video.

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

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There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies. In Summary.

Nimble Launches New Contact Summary Feature


Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, contact and relationship tracking software, said this morning that it has launched a new feature to provide a "smart summary" feature providing a detailed background summary on any contact. Nimble''s new feature pulls in publicly available information--such as biographies, company information, educational background, investments, and more--for any contact, to help users gain better insights into their contacts.

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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I shifted my thinking a few years ago after I read Tim Ferris’s book The Four Hour Workweek (link is to a short summary I wrote). So I ask you – if you’re being reactive to somebody else’s emails are you really being as productive in your company as you could be?

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10 Tips for Crafting Your Executive Summary

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Your executive summary is essentially the cover letter to your business plan: its goal is to get the reader to check out your business plan and, hopefully, to set up a meeting. Here’s how to write an executive summary with impact: 1. What’s the most compelling thing about your company?

The Pivot You Need to Read About

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GOAT (“Greatest of All Time) is a sneakerhead marketplace that is en fuego, but we led the company’s last financing round in 2012 (yes, four years ago) when they were an application for letting people join group dinners.

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

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If you want to get schooled by a guy who’s done it all I suggest watching this video interview I did with him that has already been watched 55,000 times or if you prefer a summary version in writing it’s here.

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Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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The results are in ( full deck is published here ) but a summary would be: VCs are significantly more optimistic about the startup ecosystem and their likelihood of funding than they were just a year ago While a year ago many VCs were planning to cut their pace of investments now very few are.

What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

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Think of the best tech company at marketing that you know. I have no criticisms with this great company that boosted the online video movement but they need to reinvent their format a bit. Anybody who reads the blog regularly will know that I’m long video.

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

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Can you accept a person for president that you simply would never hire at your company for being such an obvious liar? Summary — What You Need to Do I don’t need to go on. He could release a summary but hasn’t.

Friday Tech Video Roundup For May 17, 2013


Privlo video explains how the company is launching its own private mortgage marketplace. video summary privlo splashio splash melon steam blankspaces What''s the latest batch of videos coming out of Silicon Beach''s startups?

Forget Your Elevator Pitch, What’s Your Personal Pitch?


This concise summary can be comfortably told during the duration of a reasonably brief elevator ride. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Accomplished entrepreneurs appreciate the importance of crafting a succinct, well rehearsed description of their venture.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. market share today and are stuck with high real-estate costs, shitty customer service, bad value propositions and no ability to respond to competition because they have effectively become real-estate holding companies that store stuff for cashflow. ” In summary: The competitors are the incumbents. This morning

With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility


These courses all proved to be serious influences on turning the dream of starting their own company into a reality. At the same time the brightblu team was building their actual company, they were learning and refining necessary business skills by creating made-up ventures.

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What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

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Because VCs tend to “mark to market” for private investments so you would often value a company based on the last financing. If a company has significant revenue you might value it based on some industry multiples but WhatsApp had very limited revenue.

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“the ecommerce company gained fauxmentum by raising artificially high amounts of venture capital and spent lavishly on customer acquisition despite long payback periods and questionable LTV” __. Summary. __. faux·men·tum. fōˈmen(t)əm,fəˈmen(t)əm/.

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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YouTube takes too high of a revenue split (45% vs. 30% that Apple and many other distribution companies take – FWIW, YouTube argues this is because their costs are much higher since they host and stream the video). Take for example, an eCommerce company.

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What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


Just this year alone we have studied 3,400 North American enterprise software companies including many in SoCal and dug in deep on over 200 of these companies. Over the course of the year our active portfolio companies received awards or recognition on over 35 separate occasions.

Why You Shouldn’t Decide Anything Important at Your Board Meeting

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You can get their reaction to your company progress and to the strategic topics you plan to cover at the board meeting. If you’re a normal company you will have contentious issues creep up from time to time. Summary. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

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I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. How you build out your team in the first few years can have a huge impact on the trajectory of your company. Quick summary: Be careful not to have too many co-founders.

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Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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When I meet other VCs I’m constantly asking how they decide which investments to make, when to pass, when to do follow-on rounds, when to sell a company vs. when to go long, etc. Summary. Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had.

Why Recruiting Isn’t Over When an Employee Accepts Your Offer

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But of course great teams build great companies and great startup leaders know that they must always be recruiting. Yet most startup companies I’ve ever worked with or observed make one crucial mistake: They assume that their recruitment process for a candidate is over when that person accepts his or her offer. The truth is the process isn’t over until after the employee starts with the company, updates her LinkedIn profile and emails all her friends. Summary.

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Why You Shouldn’t Launch Your Startup at a Major Tech Event

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That means a slew of companies will be preparing to launch their new products or announcing their companies at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Exec Summary. Your crappy $10,000 will pale in comparison to the budgets of the big tech & media companies.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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I understand this instinct for more capital and I have two very different personal experiences: In my first company we raised an A-round of $16.5 million and in my second company we raised only $500,000 by choice. Summary There’s no right answer, only trade offs.

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

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It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media. The 30-minute interview of Jonah Peretti is here but my summary in the notes below. BuzzFeed.

Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

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recently wrote a post talking about how some VCs meddle in operating company decisions or some executive teams are too reliant on VCs to jump in and make hard calls for them. Meddling in the wrong ways or too often can either produce a culture where people don’t like to take actions because they know you’ll eventually just step in anyways or equally badly the company gets unfocused from the constant interventions. These are always mistakes in a growing company.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions


Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. This overview (executive summary) needs to include: Product and Business What is the product? What are related products/companies? However, there are lots of other people who help companies raise capital

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Interview: Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks


Investor in Twitter, Foursquare, DISQUS, and (by Naval’s own admission) “a lot of other companies you have never heard of”. What follows is a summary which paraphrases Naval’s responses. When great companies really hit, all the investors want in and there isn’t enough room.

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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Once you’ve reached a level in a company where you’re less worried about daily politics above you people are much more relaxed about sharing information. Summary. One of the questions I’m most often asked by CEOs is how to hire sales people.

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The Morning After

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Let me give you the quick summary of what I said yesterday: Public markets affect venture funding. private companies grow so quickly that their metrics catch up with their valuations.

Venture Outlook 2016

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My presentation from the Summit can be downloaded here and the embed is below but the summary message is the rest of this blog post. On the chart below, 78% of the rounds of 80 $1bn+ companies were led by non VCs. It turns out that companies eventually must have their day of reckoning.

Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

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I recently read Brad Feld’s thought provoking piece encouraging founders to sit on the board of another startup company. I found it thought provoking because I’ve always believed startup founders need extreme focus on only their company to succeed.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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So that we’re speaking the same language I would define “exclusive” as a period in which your company is prohibited from doing business with certain customers or business partners, which is why many incorrectly assume this is necessarily bad. I must admit I discuss this very frequently with portfolio companies but hadn’t thought to write about it. Summary.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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I was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in Fast Company titled, “ Why you should start a business in LA.&# If you’re interested in the topic it’s worth a read, but I thought I’d elaborate on the topic since it comes up all the time. Los Angeles.

Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

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This morning we heard from Jamie Montgomery, CEO of the venerable Montgomery & Co investment bank who is at the heart of what is going on in M&A for venture backed companies. the people who buy companies) in Q2 of this year of technology & media companies.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

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What I love about my job is getting to see teams of super-early-stage companies develop ideas that while raw have potential to make an impact on the market. Clearly the founders and senior executives of a company are the most valuable resources and their time should be maximized on the most valuable tasks. For a well-funded seed company I have controversially recommended hiring a great office manager that doubles as an administrative assistant. Every company needs standards.

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

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In all my time investing I have never seen such a senior revenue officer join a company at this stage. To watch a young company win 1,000+ seat deals at Global 100 companies at this stage of development has been simply stunning.

How to Present and Answer Questions in a Team Presentation or VC Pitch

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These range from companies pitching me to portfolio companies presenting at board meetings. Anything that can go wrong in a company will. Summary : Teams matter. I sit through a lot of presentations.

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If You Don’t Have a Discrete Hypothesis You Are Incapable of Failing

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There are very few people in Silicon Valley who have such a precise grasp on what defines success of early-stage startup companies than Eric Ries. should companies do spreadsheets / plan / have a hypothesis for success? how do you handle internal company morale?

IBM Watson Health Launches Imaging Effort for Cancer, Other Diseases


The healthcare computing giant, now headquartered in Cambridge, MA , is unveiling a collaborative effort in medical imaging that includes partnerships with health systems, radiology providers, tech companies, and academic medical centers.

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