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By: Jeff Bussgang | July 28, 2010

Alignment. You hear this word thrown out frequently in business conversations. It is a wonderful thing to aspire to, but very hard to achieve. Perhaps even harder to achieve in entrepreneurial settings between the venture capitalist and the entrepreneur, where the stakes are so high...

By: Dave Broadwin | July 27, 2010

There is a lot of stuff in the blogosphere on the subject of the impending crash in seed investments and its corollary: that all this seed investing that is going on is somehow bad for entrepreneurs and investors and, by extension, the entire ecosystem. The various arguments are nicely laid out in a...

By: David Beisel | July 26, 2010

Before I wrote a couple detailed posts on Micro VCs, I thought I’d write an overview one sharing my broad perspective on this portion of the VC world. It’s clear that despite the varied terminology (Super Angel, Micro VC, Seed Stage VC, Seed Firms, etc.), a new segment of the institutional...

By: Chris Sheehan | July 25, 2010

I recently caught up with Andy Payne to chat about what we are seeing in the internet startup world around Boston. Andy has been around the Boston scene for a long time – being one of the co-founders of Open Market, Revenio, and FanSnap. He is an adviser to Care.com and Kayak, and on the board...

By: Andrew Parker | July 22, 2010

I once took a fiction writing class taught by an author named Adam Johnson (who is quite talented). He talked about how he borrows techniques from his favorite works and authors. He never borrows just the superficial layer… in other words, he’d never steal an analogy directly or borrow...

By: Matthew Mamet | July 20, 2010

Baydin is a local startup building plugins to improve the way we use email. A former TechStars graduate, Baydin has launched a few different products to make using email better in MS Outlook - Unsearch, which won this year's Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad competition , and Boomerang, the "email snooze...

By: Keith Cline | July 19, 2010

On June 22nd, Eric Paley of Founder Collective hosted his second Founder Dialogues event. This event's guest speaker was Mick Mountz, CEO and Founder of Kiva Systems. We are excited to have the video from this event down below. Kiva Systems, based in Woburn, is a developer of...

By: Mike Troiano | July 18, 2010

Having a chat with my team tomorrow morning about the most important but under-appreciated skill in business: Selling. I graduated from Cornell with a degree in advertising, and promptly leveraged my Ivy League credentials into 28 rejection letters from the best agencies in Boston and...

By: Nathan Burke | July 15, 2010

Ah, hyperlocal news: The promise of delivering local stories, events and announcements (and ads) based on geographical relevance. Internet giants like AOL and Yahoo! have pumped tens of millions into creating content factories that target to the granularity of the neighborhood, and now...

By: Rob May | July 14, 2010

If I pitch a VC and they don’t ask any good tough questions, I’m not sure I want to take their money. Let me say that again. If I pitch a VC and they don’t ask any good tough questions, I’m not sure I want to take their money. I bring this up because the more fundraising I do, and the more...

By: Healy Jones | July 13, 2010

I attended the AlwaysOn Venture Summit East last month, and was just sent a survey of venture capitalists in the Northeast that came out of that conference. Happily, our local VC friends are pretty optimistic about the rest of the year. You can get the survey here. In particular, they think that the number...

By: Rob Go | July 12, 2010

This is a build off my last post which was a primer on the Micro VC market. Often, I hear investors talk about companies that are “venture scale”. These are usually the kinds of companies that have the potential to drive meaningful returns for a top VC fund. Because of the high risk of early stage...

By: Micah Rosenbloom | July 11, 2010

As I write this following July 4th, I can’t help but begin by being a bit patriotic. We are amazingly fortunate to live in a country with an inherent entrepreneurial culture and even healthy respect for valiant, but failed ventures. I’ll never forget when my grandfather came to visit my first...

By: Michelle Hipwood | July 8, 2010

About 80 entrepreneurs, early stage VCs and angel investors came to Nutter McClennen & Fish’s Seaport office a few weeks ago for The Capital Network’s first Venture Fast Track Boot Camp. The theme of the interactive FastTrack was to give entrepreneurs an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early stage capital...

By: David Skok | June 14, 2010

If any of you read one of my blog posts entitled “Six Things VCs look for in an Investment,” you may remember that the first entry on the list is “An Extraordinary Entrepreneur with Unique Insight.” I recently watched an outstanding presentation called “How great leaders inspire action” by Simon Sinek...

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