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Friday, April 25, 2014 Chip Hazard - General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
In my recent list of #ifiwereafounder tweets, I started with the assertion that "I would aggressively seek out one, but no more than one, co-founder to complement my deficiencies".  This generated a number of questions from founders about the ideal composition of a founding team.
Entrepreneurship, Opinions
Thursday, April 24, 2014 Rob Go - Co-Founder and Partner, NextView Ventures
Not sure why, but over the last few years, quite a few people I know took on EIR roles at various VC firms in both the East Coast and in Silicon Valley.  Overall, there are positives and negatives to being an EIR.  The positives are kind of obvious...
Entrepreneurship, Opinions
Monday, April 21, 2014 Michael Greeley - General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners
Earlier this week the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released the VC Quarterly Fundraising data for 1Q14. The expectation was for this past quarter to be a strong quarter for fundraising, given the (until recently) buoyant public equity markets and strong M&A environment which drove a lot of liquidity back to LP’s.
Funding
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Matt Douglas - Founder and CEO, Punchbowl.com
Dharmesh Shah recently wrote a blog post about the lessons of entrepreneurship that he wants to teach his son called “12 Things I Want to Teach my Toddler about Work.”  It was a neat post which offered his typically pithy insights, with the twist that it was directed at his three-year-old son.
Lessons Learned
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Carlie Smith - Senior Talent Specialist, OpenView Venture Partners
Most startup founders understand that identifying, hiring, and retaining top talent is the most important component of building and scaling a great business. Those entrepreneurs also typically grasp the significant risk (and cost) associated with making a bad hire. 
Expert Advice
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 David Skok - General Partner, Matrix Partners
Free trials and freemium products are two of the best ways to sell your product. They help the buyer address key concerns such as...
Best Practices, Expert Advice
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Fred Destin - Partner, Atlas Venture
Series B is raised on mostly one thing: your ability to instill confidence.  When you to go raise your Series B, you've driven burn up as you needed to fully staff engineering...
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Monday, March 31, 2014 Izzy Azeri - Co-Founder, Stackdriver
There’s been a lot of attention lately given to sales and marketing metrics for SaaS businesses.  As the co-founder of an early stage SaaS business, I struggled to initially decide which metrics really impact and drive our business.
Entrepreneurship, Lessons Learned
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Kate Morgan, CEO & Founder, Boston Human Capital Partners
As a follow-up to my conversation with David Skok on How Not To Get Fired as an Executive, I felt compelled to reach out to Mike Volpe to see what makes him so successful...
Expert Advice
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 David Beisel - Co-Founder and Partner, NextView Ventures
A couple years ago, my partner Lee penned a blog post about the milestone benchmarks for startups raising a Series A round of financing.  The five conditions for a Series A...
Expert Advice