The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1]
I happen to be fascinated by the history of the VC industry, and one of
the things we discussed at a recent offsite are the common threads
behind the rise and fall of great...
Why do bad deals happen to good people?
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...
The Biggest Problem Facing Consumer Web Companies in Boston
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...
Spottah aiming for photo-sharing sweet spot
Cambridge mobile photo-sharing
startup Spottah wants to...
A Tale of Two Cities - A short walk with Mary-Alice Brady of mosaicHUB
I met Mary-Alice Brady a few months back at the Venture Cafe. She had a
table set up and was raising awareness for her startup...
Why We Need Startup School
In my other day job, working at another startup school, I spend my time
trying to change the way we educate undergraduate engineering students.
One of the...
Play On: Accelerate your Gaming Venture at Betaspring this Fall
In 2012, Betaspring expanded it's focus on accelerating gaming-related
companies. Building on a strong design/CS...
Thinking about student entrepreneurship…Boston can do better!
Below is a terribly written note, but I hope it conveys the point I am trying to make…May is a special time in Boston. With finals & graduation around
the corner, students...
I could build Instagram in a week
could build Instagram in a week. How many times have you heard someone
say "I could build [insert hot startup name here] in a week"? I hear it
all the time. But, I have yet...
Boston Mobile Madness
At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago,
I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston. Its not
that mobile focused startups are new to...
First Look: peddl
When it comes to buying and selling secondhand things, there have been few technological innovations after the garage sale and Craig’s List. But a new startup called peddl is using its MIT...
Thoughts on Pinterest
Pinterest is the hot new thing. The new kid on the blog. The new story in town. On hearing about it from multiple people, I decided to give it a shot. I
actually had to wait to be let in...
Mentor Like You Mean it
There’s something magical happening in Boston right now, and
it’s going to make history. Like many
Startup scenes, Boston’s is truly exploding, vibrant with...
Taking a Leap of Faith...the Enpocket Story
"There are moments in a company's life where you have to jump..." - Mike Baker. Towards
the end of last year, Silicon Valley Bank...
Don't be afraid of the platform
One of the paradoxes in building a large internet services or software
company is the challenge of building a platform. That is, creating a
technology base upon which your own...
Founder Dialogues VII featuring Russ Wilcox of E Ink
You see the future... you have the technology... however, the market and
No Better Time, Ever, To Be An Entrepreneur
I am often asked “what is new and exciting” by pretty much anyone that
knows what I do for a living. And it is a great question that I relish
answering – usually. Of late, however...
How Smarterer Grew by More Than 1250% in One Week
We’ve been developing Smarterer for the better part of a year now, quietly building a platform that uses crowd-sourced questions to validate peoples’ social and professional skills. Like many...
Innovation in Office Space
The view from the fourth floor of the American Twine
building is impressive—not so much...
Facebook Hosts a Mobile Social Hack in Cambridge
On Friday I was able to participate in Facebook's mobile-social hack in Cambridge. More than 60 developers were in attendance for the all day event with several teams hacking...
Why Amazon is better positioned to win in the tablet world than hardware OEMs and what it means
Recently, I’ve been putting my strategist hat on with regards to tablet
ecosystems, both as a management consultant for CSMG, and in deciding
where to devote energy as a...
Founder Dialogues featuring Niraj Shah & Steven Conine of Wayfair [video]
Wayfair is easily one of the greatest success stories in the Boston area
over the past ten...
If you build it, will they come?
One of the most memorable lines in film history comes from “Field of
Dreams.” Shoeless Joe Jackson, a baseball legend from the early 1900’s,
convinces an Iowa farm owner named...
There’re a lot of marketplace businesses being started out there - I
probably see 2 a week these days. Given the interest in the space I
thought I’d share some high level thoughts...
Startups Rarely Do Anything Well
Startup founders have boundless ambition. Most founders can imagine
their platform concept having broad appeal and meeting the needs of many
customers, with numerous...
Calling all startups! Check out the SXSW Startup Accelerator!
SXSW Accelerator returns for its fourth edition to showcase some of the
web’s most exciting innovations... which could include you & your
company! This event provides an outlet for...
Harvard Tech Meetup: MBAs Care About Startups Too
On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg came back to Harvard for the first time since
2005. And by Harvard, I mean the undergrad campus - not the business
school. The event was framed...
How early product failures led to huge successes
Failure is not an option...it is a requirement...to future success.
Failure gets a bad rap. It is actually an important element...
The Consumerization of Business Software
One of the themes that we've been most interested in at NextView over
the last 12+ months has been the impact of consumer web trends on
Top 10 Events for November
November is here... it has already snowed... but at least we have two things to look forward to this month. First,
the greatest holiday of the year...Thanksgiving! No gifts...