Thursday, May 22, 2014Michael Greeley - General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners
The National Venture Capital Association recently released data on 1Q14 investment activity, which always makes for an interesting read – at least on long plane rides. Point of fact, this past quarter was exceptional in many ways – and arguably somewhat unexpected. The headlines read that $9.5 billion was invested in 951 companies...
Thursday, May 15, 2014Steve Charkoudian - Partner, Goodwin Procter
Open source software licensing can be a murky and complex area, causing many companies to want to avoid it completely. But for many tech startups, the promises of low-cost and speed-to-market can make using open source software an enticing proposition.
Believe it or not, winter is finally behind us, spring is (mostly) in bloom, and summer is just around the corner. While that progression is a good thing for those of us who enjoy being outdoors, it also means that businesses all over the country are beginning to scramble to hire a new class of college graduates for their entry-level roles.
Friday, April 25, 2014Chip 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.
Thursday, April 24, 2014Rob 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...
Monday, April 21, 2014Michael 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.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014Matt 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.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014Carlie 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.