Thursday, August 9, 2012
I have been thinking lately about how hard it is to scale start-ups.
The Lean Start-Up movement, as exemplified in Eric Ries' book The Lean
Start-Up, has appropriately focused a great deal...
Best Practices, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Lessons Learned, Voices
Friday, August 3, 2012
We met with some of our large investors recently, and one of them mentioned: “VC is a trust business.” He was saying that he trusted us. I’ve been thinking...
Best Practices, Entrepreneurship, Expert Advice, Lessons Learned, Voices
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
So you’ve decided to raise capital and have figured out what your ideal partner would look like – great! If you’re still toying with theidea of raising or trying to figure out...
Entrepreneurship, Expert Advice, Voices
Friday, July 27, 2012
When I use the phrase ‘cool startup,’ what comes to your mind?
Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? For me, one of the coolest startups in the
world is Recorded Future...
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology Trends, Voices
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
In the wake of the Pinterest round valuing the company at $1.5B from
the Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten, it is hard not to notice that
social and ecommerce have...
Lessons Learned, Opinions, Technology Trends, Voices
Monday, July 23, 2012
Last week the National Venture Capital Association (where I am on the
Executive Committee) and Thomson Reuters announced the 2Q12 fundraising
data for venture firms...
Funding, Innovation, Lessons Learned, Voices
Friday, July 13, 2012
“Seems niche. How many people want to tell everyone randomly what they’re doing and how many really want to look at it?” - My entry for Twitter, as recorded in early 2007...
Entrepreneurship, Expert Advice, Innovation, Voices
Friday, July 6, 2012
Every technology investment
is made in the belief that this will be the big one. The deal that will produce
not just a great return but a stark, raving, mad return with multiples that...
Funding, Innovation, Opinions, Voices
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The difference between the average salesperson and the great salesperson comes down to what? We could try to select one thing, but chances are that we would fail because...
Expert Advice, Lessons Learned, Voices
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A lot of ink has been spilled about the challenges of building large scale consumer internet companies in Boston. Here’s a recent example that is quite thoughtful although misses...
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Opinions, Voices