Timing and why we’re all VCs

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It’s obvious that we can be too late to these decisions of course. Start writing down predictions about people, companies, and markets. If — and it’s a big if of course — they can do that on the cheap, then why should an LP care at all?

Innovation and Geography


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? Of course, thats probably even more true in Silicon Valley. that talked about a recent NY Times article When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny.

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Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP


I'm going to be looking at aspects like: Things to consider before building your MVP Features often overlooked when documenting an MVP for developers Understanding important metrics you want to measure Risks and challenges in developing an MVP. Correct your course quickly.

Pragmatism with Flavor


Focusing on the metrics that ultimately drive the business, often the bottom line, has provided a reality check, a counter-weight to the desire to consume all new technologies. Although we spend plenty of time researching and developing with new technologies based on desire and need, we don't want our clients to be guinea pigs (unless that's the nature of their business, of course). You're in the thick of it and about to write a small chunk of server-side code.

Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

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Of course it happens all the time?—?especially If your metric move immediate up-and-to-the-right? Of course. One of the things that founders have the most angst about is whom they should have on their board and at what stage of the business.

Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

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Every time I think to write a post about this I figure the most recent board meeting I’ve attended will think it’s about them so I don’t bother. So I’m going to write a series of board meetings posts unrelated to anybody or maybe an amalgamation of them all.

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

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Not the successful companies themselves but the entire b t culture of swash-buckling startups who define themselves by hitting some magical $1 billion valuation number and the financiers who back them irrespective of metrics that justify it. For a fee, of course. And of course it’s not just our industry – it’s pervasive in society, this short-cut mentality. Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so.

How I Invest

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I answered in the same way I always do so I thought I’d just write it publicly. “I Of course I also have to the concept. I think I’m better at the product stage of a business and helping with strategy, marketing, pricing, feature sets and so forth than I am at evaluating later-stage businesses based on financial results and business metrics and priced accordingly.

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Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It


We spent a lot of time talking about what type of company we wanted to create, how many employees we’d eventually have, whether we would take funding, our lifestyle, and a dozen other things that had nothing to do with writing software. Of course there are risks.

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

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Of course not. It’s a hard topic to write about because it’s almost an accepted norm that total transparency is good. They told you, “Yeah, man, I’ll gladly write the first $250,000. Of course you need to be open. Of course I could go on and on.

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Report: The Bay Area Isn’t Bleeding Tech Workers After All


Workers are seeking destinations that are large, tech-friendly, on the rise, and — of course — have a lower cost of living, even if not a particularly low one. The Bay Area is holding strong population-wise, but that isn’t the only metric to consider.

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

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Oh, and if you didn’t guess, the title, “if you don’t have a discrete hypothesis you are incapable of failing” is, of course, an Eric Ries quote. 41:00 Transitioning from software to writing. 48:30 Vanity metrics. 52:00 Actionable metrics.

7 Ways to Fail When Applying to an Accelerator


Admittedly, that last part is an exaggeration but they were bad enough that I am writing this essay in the hopes that you will read it and not make these mistakes. We want hard data and metrics – we want proof. with actual data and metrics. Failure is part of the startup process.

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In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy. My Surprise Discussion with @ClayChristensen

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Today’s higher education is responding by making more courses online and available to people outside of physical boundaries. In many ways I think general purpose writing & thinking skills are as valuable as math skills.

Why Am I So Lucky?

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Of course I ask more politely that than. I’ve seen you write a $10 million check before. He called me 15 months later excited to show me his metrics and wanted to talk about his A round. I’m a cynic by nature. And I think it pays to be so.

Why You Don’t Want to Give Financial Information to All of Your Investors

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In a funding round with 1 or 2 VCs and 15-20 angels or 4-6 seed funds if you gave every investor you financial information and performance metrics your proprietary information would increase in its probability of leaking out. This is no different than a public company where of course most investors are not given detailed financial and performance information and when they are it is quarterly and after the fact. We all know that funding markets have changed for startups.

How to Stay in Control of Your Meetings

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What you Before Sets the Course for How Well the Day Goes Make sure you send your financial and operating metrics no less than 72 hours before the board meeting — even better if it can be a week in advance. Meetings. The bane of many of our existence.

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This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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Content, of course, is the same!]. We both felt that the critical reasoning skills and writing skills were critical to our career development. Company grew by more than “400% each year” for past few years [assume growth metric = revenues].

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – Objection Handling

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As a company you need to invest in ROI calculators (spreadsheets) that are easy for sales reps to plug in basic customer metrics and pop out with an expected benefit. You’re more expensive than competitors – “Of course we are.

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Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

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2: As expected at least one person accused me of writing this post because I want to see lower valuations. Well, obviously if you knew that in advance it would be big of course that would be true. And of course there are always outliers.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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We also know that even though many of us who are experienced in startup successes & failures look at businesses and say, “That will never work” (as many people said about Uber) or “You can’t make any money in that business” (as many said about WhatsApp or Dropbox) and of course some entrepreneurs pull off extraordinary things we never thought possible. The metrics were good but we wondered how much better they would be when we expanded our product.

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) and decries that, “They’re not even profitable!” There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok.

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Interview with Tara Weingarten, VroomGirls


The other thing that struck me, is because it is only men, they tend to write with lots of testosterone. Their writing style, even for a mainstream publication, is they write with lots of testosterone.

The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

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Of course articles like these are going to inflame people because not everybody who is running their own business (or aspires to) wants to believe that you need to go all out to compete and win on a global scale. I’m normally too cool to write posts like this.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010


We’ve been using MongoDB as the backing store for Treasury , and over the course of two and a half months , we’ve had over 50,000 excellent Treasuries created by the Etsy community, all stored and served in MongoDB. Metrics availability. Automating the Path to a Better User Experience - The Product Guy , July 5, 2010 I started writing about Quick-UX in 2008. Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year.

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Raising $$ on AngelList? Working w/ McClure? Ask Jody Sherman

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Oh, and of course I shoot all of my videos at the ThisWeekIn studios which are located in the Mahalo offices. EcoMom’s metrics improved throughout this process and that’s when I decided to invest. I was hanging out the other day with my buddy Jody Sherman, founder & CEO of EcoMom.

Let’s Get Weird, a SXSW Interactive Recap (2014)

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To cap off our 6th year at SXSW and follow up on last year’s amazingly successful Trend Lounge , we knew this year had to be bigger, better, more engaging, and of course, even more fun. Alex Taub – Social Rank , Twitter metrics and engagement tool.

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