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By: Sean Marsh | November 23, 2010
Last week was proclaimed as National Entrepreneur Week by our President and Friday, November 19th, was National Entrepreneurs’ Day. When I read this, I asked myself the question...
By: Jules Pieri | November 22, 2010
Consumer businesses and venture capitalists are uneasy bedfellows. There are times when the match makes sense, but often the fit just isn’t there. Here are the basic reasons...
With the close of 2010’s calendar fast approaching, economists and statisticians have begun their usual parade of product...
By: Keith Cline | November 22, 2010
Looking for something to do this holiday weekend??? Then...check this out! This week, we are very excited to have Mark Watkins as our guest on Octane! Mark is the CEO and co-founder of Goby...
By: Lee Hower | November 21, 2010
Investors, both VCs and angels, seem to be doing some crazy things of late. What started as a frenzy in the seed spectrum of the market earlier this year...
By: Keith Cline | November 21, 2010
Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of VentureFizz! My favorite holiday! In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought it would make sense to list out all the...
By: Dries Buytaert | November 18, 2010
To my surprise, a lot of people that I interview at Acquia don’t understand stock options or have never heard of it. This blog post explains what stock options are about. It is a...
By: Rob Go | November 17, 2010
Culture is an underestimated driver of a company’s long term success. It’s hard to talk about because it seems corny, impractical, or “soft”. But I believe that great organizations...
By: Alex Taussig | November 16, 2010
A few months ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with the CEO of a well-known technology company. He had just exited to a strategic for a large amount of money...
By: Keith Cline | November 15, 2010
Our guest this week on Octane is Sharon Kan! Sharon is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved with four startups that have led to a successful acquisition. Her most...
By: Joe Medved | November 15, 2010
I just finished up a few weeks of diligence on an investment that we are very excited about. In a final discussion with management, we spent time talking through...
By: Wendy Troupe | November 14, 2010
If 2010 is the year for social media ROI, then I say that it is high time we think about the true measure of social media and how to measure it. In the quest for...
By: Andy Singleton | November 11, 2010
John Landry was recently pitching Royalty Based Financing at the MTLC unconference. In a royalty deal, a startup company gets a chunk of cash from investors, and then agrees to pay a fixed percentage of all revenue...
By: Michael Greeley | November 10, 2010
What a fascinating week to be traveling in Asia. President Obama is here for the G20 Summit – as is Tiger Woods – and frankly I am surprised at how tough the...
By: Firas Raouf | November 9, 2010
In this post, I am specifically addressing founding CEOs who are in the midst of their first expansion stage experience (growing the company from $2-5 million in...
By: Amanda Vendig | November 9, 2010
When is the right time to issue equity to the founding team of my company? What else should I be thinking about during this process? The decision of how to allocate equity among the founding team is one...
By: Keith Cline | November 9, 2010
Launching today is a new Boston startup called VisitorsCafe! Founded by Morgan Hermand-Waiche...
By: Dayna Grayson | November 8, 2010
Among those starting and investing in consumer internet companies, there are two buzz words that draws many in: “Capital Efficiency.” Indeed, internet...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | November 7, 2010
The question I’m most frequently asked (and most frequently ask myself) is how to validate and size business opportunities. Is a particular start-up or concept...
By: Ziad Sultan | November 4, 2010
Much has been written about the skills a startup founder should possess: intelligence, drive, charisma, integrity and so on. Even luck. But I am surprised that no one ever...
By: Keith Cline | November 3, 2010
Fun fact that I learned from watching this video... along with many other accomplishments... George Bell started Shark Week on the Discovery Channel...
By: Bijan Sabet | November 3, 2010
Every week I spend a fair amount of time trying to get the best people to work for one of our portfolio companies. I’m always impressed when I talk to someone that...
By: James Harland | November 2, 2010
The time has rolled around for the annual MIT Venture Capital Conference, now in its 13th year. But with this year’s theme of “Here & Now: The Present of Venture Capital...
By: Jason Baptiste | November 1, 2010
There's always talk about the end game in the form of an acquisition, funding announcement, or eventual flame out. Hollywood has even made a movie about the founding...
By: Jeff Bussgang | October 31, 2010
Malcolm Gladwell made famous the natural human reaction of judging other people in the first few minutes of an encounter with his book, Blink. Like many other businesspeople, VCs...
By: Keith Cline | October 31, 2010
Last week, I was really excited to see Galen Moore's story about Peekaboo Mobile's funding. Peekaboo Mobile appeared on VentureFizz in a video segment back...
By: Don Dodge | October 29, 2010
Ray Ozzie penned a 3,500 word thought piece called "Dawn of a new day" outlining his vision for the Post PC World. It is an interesting...
By: Healy Jones | October 28, 2010
UNH just published a piece entitled “Where Have All the Seed Investors Gone?” that purports that seed investing has dramatically decreased in the first half of 2010. I don't believe it. The study...
By: George Roberts | October 27, 2010
Over the last few weeks I have written a couple of business growth strategies-centric blogs titled "What A CEO Does... And Larry Ellison" and "What A CEO and His Management Team Also Need...
By: Jeff Bussgang | October 26, 2010
In undiluted tellings of the tale, the Big Bad Wolf devours Little Red Riding Hood before running off into the woods. It’s worth remembering when considering the prospects for a wave of technology M&A...

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