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A VC: Venture Capital and Technology

  • Founder Friendly

    Founder Friendly

    Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competi…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 6:31am -
  • A Public Record

    A Public Record

    AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. WordPress says I have posted 7,622 times. That is more than once a day but that i…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 6:54am -
  • Greed Isn’t Good

    Greed Isn’t Good

    The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. Greed is not good. There is a fine line bet…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 8:24am -
  • Succession Planning In Partnerships

    Succession Planning In Partnerships

    I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents. I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholder…
    - 34 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 8:35am -
  • Working Across Many Time Zones

    Working Across Many Time Zones

    I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours of time zone difference was challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up. There were many times…
    - 47 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 7:38am -
  • Doing The Heavy Lifting

    Doing The Heavy Lifting

    Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner…
    - 57 days ago, 25 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • Open Source Funding Documents

    Open Source Funding Documents

    Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for…
    - 61 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 3:35am -
  • Video Of The Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

    Video Of The Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

    This is a few weeks old, but I finally got around to watching it. Mary always does a nice job of summarizing the latest trends.
    - 65 days ago, 17 Jun 17, 1:56am -
  • ICOs and VCs

    ICOs and VCs

    The Brave browser team concluded an ICO for their Basic Attention Token yesterday in about thirty seconds. This led to this tweet: The Basic Attention Token (BAT) ICO just raised 30 million dollars in 24 seconds. VC’s didn’t even have time to pu…
    - 81 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 2:06am -
  • Video Of The Week: My Talk With David Kirkpatrick at Techonomy

    Video Of The Week: My Talk With David Kirkpatrick at Techonomy

    Last wednesday morning, I went to Techonomy NYC and talked with my friend David Kirkpatrick for about 30mins. That conversation is below. There is one gross misrepresentation in the talk. David and I were talking about my efforts to ignore Trump and…
    - 93 days ago, 20 May 17, 9:34am -

Academic VC

  • Happy Blogiversary!
    Ten years ago today, prodded by some of the more-connected folks in the Atlanta technology community (hi, Jeff!), I secured the “academicvc.com” domain, pestered Mike Schinkel to teach me a minimally-viable subset of WordPress, and began blogging…
    - 87 days ago, 25 May 17, 7:45pm -
  • Go West, Young Man!

    Go West, Young Man!

    I'm delighted to announce that I've accepted a newly-created position as "Vice President, Strategic Business Initiatives" reporting to the Vice President of Research, Discovery, and Innovation.
    - 12 Jan 17, 2:20pm -
  • Beltline Lantern Parade 2016

    Beltline Lantern Parade 2016

    One of the best things about living within walking distance of the Beltline… The “official” parade took a full hour to pass our spot, but there were plenty of illuminated revelers before and after. Click any image to embiggen.
    - 11 Sep 16, 2:22pm -
  • Back to the Moon

    Back to the Moon

    DragonCon is enormous. If you haven’t been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the “Reality Tracks.” These tracks are for a different kind of fan… thos…
    - 4 Sep 16, 5:39pm -
  • My Talks at DragonCon 2016

    My Talks at DragonCon 2016

    My annual post in response to the people asking me “What are you talking about at DragonCon this year?” Here’s the deal. DragonCon has a limited number of official Guest memberships available, and most of those get reserved for the media tracks…
    - 24 Aug 16, 7:54am -
  • Children in the Snow

    Children in the Snow

    Last weekend, I made my annual pilgrimage to Chattanooga for LibertyCon. In addition to the expected geekery and humor, I happened to catch John Ringo hold a 300-person auditorium spellbound with a personal recollection from his childhood. To underst…
    - 14 Jul 16, 10:20am -
  • Surplus Book Extravaganza

    Surplus Book Extravaganza

    One of four truckloads of books, headed for storage. They creep up on you. Multiplying silently in the night. Smuggling themselves in the front door, disguised in innocent Amazon boxes. Building themselves nests that spread to cover every wall in you…
    - 30 Jun 16, 10:38am -
  • Michael Griffin on Commercial Space
    If you’ve been hanging around the space business for a while, you’ve heard of Michael Griffin. You may love him, you may hate him, but you’re probably not neutral about him. If you haven’t been following NASA politics for the last decade or s…
    - 22 Feb 16, 2:26pm -
  • Spaceport Camden Legislation

    Spaceport Camden Legislation

    Last Monday, I attended a hearing at the Capitol on House Bill 734, the Georgia Space Flight Act. This legislation is being led by representatives from southeastern Georgia, the proposed site of Spaceport Camden. (You can read more about the spacepor…
    - 16 Feb 16, 11:24am -
  • Announcing Boostphase

    Announcing Boostphase

    As I prepare to leave Georgia Tech, a lot of people have asked me if I’m going to indulge my long-standing obsession with the aerospace business. Not right now. I’m looking at a number of interesting career opportunities in several different sect…
    - 14 Dec 15, 8:04am -

GenuineVC

  • Announcing Our Investment in Renoviso
    A few years ago I replaced all of the decades-old windows in our home with new ones.  The entire process was horrible.  I used home service lead-gen and recommendation-review sites to identify a half-dozen installers to set up initial in-person con…
    - 28 Sep 15, 7:44am -
  • Seeking Nonconsensus
    Tales become legends about founders of exceptionally transformative companies who truly struggled to get any investors’ attention early on.  These rejection emails to the founder of Airbnb represent just one of the most recent example of this fami…
    - 27 Aug 15, 8:42am -
  • Introducing the NextView Talent Exchange: Connecting Top Talent to Startups
    Today, I’m thrilled to publicly announce NextView’s Talent Exchange, a program helping both top talent and NextView-backed startups connect with each other more easily, beginning with Boston companies (which make up just over half our portfolio)…
    - 5 May 15, 9:42am -
  • Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

    Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

    A couple weeks ago my colleague Dimitri Dadiomov published a post on NextView’s “View From Seed” blog which answered the question “Should we take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders?”  The (obvious) answer of “yes” he supported…
    - 16 Mar 15, 8:33am -
  • VC Ground Game

    - 4 Mar 15, 8:14am -
  • The “Come-from-Behind” Lead Investor
    As an entrepreneur, if you’re running a venture capital fundraise effectively, you’re treating the process like a sale process: identifying a set of prospects to fill the top of the funnel, cultivating those relationships over a series of meeting…
    - 15 Jan 15, 11:08am -
  • The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups

    The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups

    It’s official: now two months after the IPO, HubSpot has surpassed the $1B market cap threshold and has become that “pillar” company that the tech ecosystem long anticipated. The benefits have been touted previously: an anchor for attracting an…
    - 3 Dec 14, 10:25am -
  • The Market Is Hot for Code Climate, NextView’s Newest Investment
    When Chad Pytel introduced me to Bryan Helmkamp, CEO/Co-founder of Code Climate, I knew that I had to pay attention.  Chad is the CEO of thoughtbot, a consulting firm that makes web + mobile apps for early-stage startups.  The two companies had bee…
    - 18 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • The Road to Our Investment in Bridj
    Mass transportation is the largest single source of travel within metropolitan areas across the globe, but our current fixed infrastructure approach hasn’t changed since the 19th century.  Here in our innovation hub of Boston, the country’s olde…
    - 4 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • Unusual Rounds of Early-Stage Funding & What to Know
    This is an excerpt from the original post, found on NextView’s blog, The View From Seed, launched this week. Find the original post here. As the VC seed market has institutionalized, especially over the past five years, there has emerged a prot…
    - 8 Jul 14, 5:02pm -

Google Ventures Blog

  • How to attract top recruiting talent

    How to attract top recruiting talent

    I’ve advised recruiting operations at close to 300 startups, ranging from a five-person team at Scalyr to a several-hundred-person team at Gusto. Most startups share a common theme: Technical recruiting is often a top business priority — and…
    - 8 May 17, 5:59pm -
  • Everyone is a designer. Get over it.

    Everyone is a designer. Get over it.

    Photo by Alice Achterhof via UnsplashRecently, Jared Spool caught my attention with an article about how Netflix’s performance engineers are actually designers. It’s a provocative idea, but it makes sense. His argument is that everyone in your o…
    - 20 Apr 17, 9:41am -
  • The Three-Hour Brand Sprint

    The Three-Hour Brand Sprint

    GV’s Simple Recipe For Getting Started On Your BrandWith super deluxe thanks to Laura Melahn, Daniel Burka, and John ZeratskyWarning: This is a post about branding, but I’m no brand expert. For most of my career, any mention of the word brand m…
    - 22 Mar 17, 11:36pm -
  • Every team can get more done with sprints — but it’s not just about going fast

    Every team can get more done with sprints — but it’s not just about going fast

    The typical workday is busy, but it’s not always productive. We spend too much time on email, have too many meetings, then struggle finding willpower and energy to focus on what’s really important. This isn’t our fault. After all, as Cal Newpor…
    - 8 Mar 17, 10:40am -
  • Eight common dysfunctions of design teams (and what to do about them)

    Eight common dysfunctions of design teams (and what to do about them)

    As a design partner at GV, I’ve worked with more than 100 startups in the past five years. Before that, I was a design lead on teams at YouTube and Google, and an early employee at FeedBurner, a startup in Chicago.In other words: I’ve seen a lot…
    - 8 Mar 17, 10:37am -
  • How to Run a Remote Design Sprint Without Going Crazy

    How to Run a Remote Design Sprint Without Going Crazy

    A few tricks for distributed teamsOne of the most common questions about the GV sprint process is “How do you run a remote sprint? What if the team can’t be together in one place?”I’ve heard stories of people running successful remote sprint…
    - 4 Jan 17, 8:16pm -
  • GV’s Sprint Process in 90 Seconds

    GV’s Sprint Process in 90 Seconds

    We made this video for people running their first sprint—or trying to explain a sprint to somebody else. Check it out:https://medium.com/media/732d80bfb8f0d57256dd2c9a7e0494d0/hrefTwo notes:Yes, that’s my best acting.Yes, the video is 98 second…
    - 8 Dec 16, 7:49pm -
  • Start at the End: How to Do Research That Has Real Impact

    Start at the End: How to Do Research That Has Real Impact

    As far as I know, I’m the only UX researcher at a venture-capital firm. (If there’s anyone else out there, please say hello!) This gives me a pretty unique perspective, and a big challenge: I’m constantly jumping into new domains and figuring o…
    - 2 Nov 16, 6:15pm -
  • Mostly luck, not an accident

    Mostly luck, not an accident

    (This essay is based on my keynote talk at Techstars FounderCon on October 18, 2016. I’ll post the video once it’s up.)The United States Census of 1880 came at a pivotal time in U.S. history. It was the last time the Census Office could identify…
    - 18 Oct 16, 4:01pm -
  • A designer’s guide to Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

    A designer’s guide to Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

    Photograph by Alexey Lin via UnsplashWhat to do when your team is focused on unimportant detailsLast week, I met with two companies that are building incredibly complex, ambitious medical products. One of the companies is trying to fundamentally imp…
    - 1 Jul 16, 12:57pm -

LifeSciVC

VentureBeat: Venture Capital

  • 4 policy changes Heartland entrepreneurs really want

    4 policy changes Heartland entrepreneurs really want

    GUEST: It feels as though 2017 is likely to go down in history as the year that lasted about a decade in our collective minds. With a new presidential administration, there’s been a groundswell of interest and engagement around policies that impact…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 9:15am -
  • Seed funding wilts as Silicon Valley investors fret about valuations and IPO market

    Seed funding wilts as Silicon Valley investors fret about valuations and IPO market

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — The bloom is off seed funding, the business of providing money to brand-new startups, as investors take a more measured approach to financing emerging U.S. technology companies. Seed-stage financing has been sliding for th…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 8:20am -
  • U.S. venture capital investment continued to cool in Q2 2017, amid correction in startup valuations

    U.S. venture capital investment continued to cool in Q2 2017, amid correction in startup valuations

    Venture capital investors haven’t dropped out of the startup race. But after setting a torrid pace for two years, they are now clearly taking a moment to catch their breath. Startups in the U.S. raised $21.78 billion across 1,958 deals in the thre…
    - 41 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 5:23am -
  • European venture firms raised $7.3 billion in 2016, a 10-year high

    European venture firms raised $7.3 billion in 2016, a 10-year high

    In the latest sign that Europe’s startup scene has some decent mojo, the region’s venture capital firms are attracting a growing amount of international capital from investors bullish on the continent’s startup economy. Invest Europe, the regio…
    - 41 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 4:51am -
  • Felix Capital closes new $150 million fund to back ‘creative class’ of startups

    Felix Capital closes new $150 million fund to back ‘creative class’ of startups

    London-based Felix Capital announced today that it has closed its second fund as it continues to focus on startups in creative industries. Felix said the second fund of $150 million was oversubscribed and comes just two years after the firm raised i…
    - 46 days ago, 6 Jul 17, 7:30am -
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask when it comes to networking

    Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask when it comes to networking

    Jennifer Fonstad, cofounder of Aspect Ventures and a seasoned venture capitalist, admits she’s more of an introvert than an extrovert. But when it comes to networking with Silicon Valley insiders, she’s a pro. Her advice: Don’t be afraid to ask…
    - 59 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 1:15pm -
  • Textio gets $20 million to expand its AI-powered writing platform

    Textio gets $20 million to expand its AI-powered writing platform

    Textio announced today that it has raised a $20 million series B round of funding to expand its AI-powered augmented writing platform into fields beyond improving job descriptions. The company’s product offers automated guidance so that people writ…
    - 61 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 10:04am -
  • ZenIQ lands $4.6 million to help marketers escape ‘dashboard hell’ using AI

    ZenIQ lands $4.6 million to help marketers escape ‘dashboard hell’ using AI

    EXCLUSIVE: ZenIQ, a company that applies AI to help companies with their account-based marketing practices, just raised $4.6 million in seed funding in a round led by Costanoa Ventures. Salesforce Ventures also participated in the round — which is…
    - 68 days ago, 14 Jun 17, 9:30am -
  • Former Wealthfront CEO Adam Nash rejoins Greylock

    Former Wealthfront CEO Adam Nash rejoins Greylock

    Adam Nash is returning to venture firm Greylock as an executive-in-residence, where he plans on helping its portfolio companies around strategy and business development while also helping to find new opportunities. His hiring comes five years after…
    - 96 days ago, 17 May 17, 4:32pm -
  • Chris Sacca retires from startup investing

    Chris Sacca retires from startup investing

    Venture capitalist Chris Sacca announced his retirement from startup investing today. This also means that he will not be on the hit TV show Shark Tank, at least for the next season. His firm, Lowercase Capital, will likely be run by partner Matt Maz…
    - 26 Apr 17, 10:59am -
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VC Café

  • Holiday Hacks for Founders

    Holiday Hacks for Founders

    I blew it. Everything was going so well. I started a 30 day blogging challenge, and was religiously disciplined about posting every day. I even posted after a 2-hour visit to the hospital when my...This is a content summary only. Click on the post t…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 5:15pm -
  • How to get your dream job

    How to get your dream job

    Ultimately, success in your dream job is about setting up your own parameters. Managing yourself. Measuring yourself. Planning yourself. It will not only help you get the job, but also to succeed...This is a content summary only. Click on the post t…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 2:34pm -
  • Don’t be too proud to copy

    Don’t be too proud to copy

    It would be hard to compete with Google on search, Facebook on social networking and Amazon on ecommerce. Continue Reading →This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the web…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 8:05pm -
  • Water Tech in Israel

    Water Tech in Israel

    Israel is a hotbed for agtech in general, and water tech more specifically. It came from a necessity: a small country with limited fresh water supply, Israel needed to figure out how to desalinate...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 6:55pm -
  • 10 things I wished I knew when I first became an entrepreneur

    10 things I wished I knew when I first became an entrepreneur

    “This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship?—?the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter F. Drucker I embarked on a 30 day...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 8:08pm -
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