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  • Video Of The Week: Marc Andreessen at Stanford Business School

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    Fred Wilson
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    I watched this interview recently and really liked it. It’s long, around 50mins, but it’s good.
  • Avoid Poison Investors

    Mark Peter Davis
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Not all investors are created equal.  Some add lots of operational value, while others have deep pockets that can help get your company out of a bind down the road.  But there are also social dimensions to keep in mind when forming a syndicate. Investors are people.  And when you get multiple people to collaborate you have a group.  Groups are subject to dynamics that change the way individuals would otherwise make decisions. If you’ve ever worked on a class project or been on a team at work you’ve probably seen this.  Leadership roles naturally develop, internal politics arise and…
  • Lending Club could be one of Silicon Valley's biggest tech IPOs of 2014

    Venture Capital
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Lending Club, the world's biggest website for matching borrowers who need small loans with investors, filed a long-anticipated initial public offering Wednesday, breathing life back into a sleepy IPO market and underscoring the rise of online lending startups that are challenging big banks and credit card companies.
  • Behind HubSpot’s Sales Playbook

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    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Building out your sales enablement resources? Find out what goes into HubSpot's sales playbook, and the discover the keys behind their ongoing training and development for reps. via OpenView Labs ↬ Behind HubSpot’s Sales Playbook
  • Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful

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    Mark Suster
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. We’ve had an explosion of alternate sources of financing from crowd-sourcing, angels, accelerators, incubators, corporates, corporate incubators.  And importantly we’ve had revenue. Consumers buying through smart phones, travelers using the new, shared economy and businesses replacing old software with modern cloud-based solutions.
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  • Cocktails, Wireless Power And The One Giant Disrupt Battlefield Stage

    Sam O'Keefe
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
     Presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield is always an adventure, even with months of preparation. From last-minute hardware issues to the occasional tear, you never know what can happen when you combine cocktails, wireless power and a massive audience. Read More
  • Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy

    Alex Wilhelm
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
     Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today. Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver small parcels to shoppers. The two companies have differing… Read More
  • Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

    Frederic Lardinois
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
     Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer. Read More
  • Google Chrome For Mac Will Finally Go 64-Bit, Improving Speed And Decreasing Memory Usage

    Greg Kumparak
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
     Just about every Mac you’d see in operation nowadays has a 64-bit CPU tucked inside. Apple started making the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit nearly a decade ago, after all. And yet, Chrome has always stubbornly insisted on running at 32-bit on OS X. That’ll change soon. Read More
  • Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    Sarah Buhr
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
     The stories of billionaires flying into Burning Man on private jets with hired sherpas, body guards turning people away from VIP art cars and private glamp camps going for $25K in dues seems to be on everyone’s lips at the annual festival in the desert. While this is not the norm, it’s a reality and it has many asking if Burning Man has jumped the shark. Read More
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  • Here’s What President of textPlus @Nanea Reeves Has to Say on Leadership, Mgmt, Women in Tech

    Mark Suster
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Just back from vacation and also some work travel and want to get back to blogging so expect a few posts over the next couple weeks. During my absence I posted a couple new episodes of Bothsides TV recently. I’ll try to get write-ups shortly but for now here is an overview of my interview with Nanea Reeves – President and COO of textPlus. I could have listened to her for hours as many of her lessons were ones I hadn’t heard before such as how she used online gaming when she was younger as a way of both teaching herself tech as well as learning to lead remote teams. Just…
  • Know When Conceding on a Point is Better Than Being Right

    Mark Suster
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Last Wednesday I had coffee with an old friend and former colleague. We haven’t worked together in a while and were reminiscing about the old days. I miss the old days when we used to be locked in battle together on the issues affecting our company. Seeing him again also reminded me of one of my first big lessons as a VC – knowing when giving in is more important than being right. So I Tweeted that the next morning: “When the consequences of “being right” are not great enough sometimes graciousness & conceding is a better option” Yes. Of course…
  • A Great Discussion with @skupor @davemcclure @msuster on Changes in the VC Industry

    Mark Suster
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    I recently attended and presented at Dave McClure’s PreMoney conference in San Francisco. I go every year because I love events hosted & moderated by insiders involving discussions by insiders because it maximizes the amount of real discussions people have. What you’ll see if you watch the video is an unscripted and unfiltered look into how Scott Kupor & I see some of the changes and challenges of the venture industry. tl;dr version Scott and I agree on nearly everything: The VC structure is changing and there appears to be a bifurcation into small & large VCs with an…
  • The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

    Mark Suster
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
    There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like) The poor performance of the asset class (this analysis has largely been wrong as I pointed out here –> most analyses were clumsy rear-view mirror looks at the data) We are in a bubble (with so many private $1bn+ valuations) 15 years ago we were at the peak of Internet hype with the launch of many…
  • Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful

    Mark Suster
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. We’ve had an explosion of alternate sources of financing from crowd-sourcing, angels, accelerators, incubators, corporates, corporate incubators.  And importantly we’ve had revenue. Consumers buying through smart phones, travelers using the new, shared economy and businesses replacing old software with modern cloud-based solutions.
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  • Uber hits 205 cities, now serves 55% of U.S. population

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Uber is growing fast: it has more than doubled its total number of global cities in just four monthsIt's been a couple of months since Uber raised that record breaking $1.4 billion funding round. And what does the company have to show for it? Oh, you know, only incredible international growth, and more impressive figures. You know, nothing special The on-demand transportation service, which has been valued at $17 billion, just added another 24 cities to its repertoire on Thursday, bringing its total to 205 markets around the world.  The majority of the new markets are…
  • Why can’t my activity tracker make my latte?

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    When wearables and Internet of Things startups start talkingMy activity tracker knows when I’m active, when I’m sleeping and when I’m waking up. Why can’t it talk to and activate my espresso machine when it sees that I'm just about to wake up? To be honest, I don’t have one. The idea of simply counting my steps or my activity level throughout the day hasn’t compelled me. There's no context. What does 10,000 steps translate into anyway? Running three to five miles, I get. I burn off X amount of calories and I feel energized. It’s unclear whether 10,000…
  • Ticket search engine SeatGeek raises $35M

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    The funding came from a number of well-known athletes, including Peyton and Eli Manning(Updated with comment from SeatGeek) It's pretty safe to say that no one really likes using Ticketmaster, with their horrible interface and processing fees (I swear that I have, at least a couple of times, paid more in fees than I did for the ticket I bought!) It's something we do because, frankly, we often have no choice. Thankfully, the rise of secondary ticket markets, like StubHub, have finally offered a reprieve, allowing us to buy and sell our tickets directly to each other. But how do you know…
  • Microsoft purges Windows Store of "misleading" apps

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Microsoft has already thrown out 1,500 apps for not complying with new naming standardsThe Windows Store has a lot going against it, it seems. Not only is it an also-ran right now, behind the App Store and Google Play, making it so that it has a harder time getting developers to create apps for it, but there is even a more insidious problem: it is full of useless junk as well. The second issue is one that, I'm sure, cannot be helping the first problem at all. I mean, why should a developer want to put their app out into a store with a bunch of clones, where it will most likely be drowned out?
  • IoT analytics platform Glassbeam raises $2M

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Glassbeam will use the funding to build out SCALAR, its Internet of Things platformThe Internet of Things is a super exciting space from a consumer point of view. A smart cup that can tell you how much you have had to drink? A smart fork that can tell you how many calories you're burning? Sigh me up! I can imagine that it would be daunting from the other side of the equation, though. With nearly every device eventually streaming loads of data, the companies that are receiving could easily get overwhelmed by just the sheer amount of it coming in. Glassbeam, a machine data analytics company in…
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  • Facebook wants to let mobile users run keyword searches on friends’ profiles

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Image Credit: FacebookFacebook has finally realized that you might want to use your mobile device to dig back into content your friends have posted in the past. And it’s working on it. The social network has rolled out a search feature to some of its mobile users that lets them run keyword searches on friends’ profiles and on pages they follow, Bloomberg reports. This might be a new test that the company is running. It’s certainly not surprising, nor even completely new for Facebook. While Graph Search, Facebook’s enhanced search engine, was still a desktop-only…
  • What to Think, Ep. 18: One of the first ladies in VC

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Image Credit: J. O'Dell / VentureBeatKathryn Gould was one of the world’s first female venture capitalists. After a successful career at Oracle, she joined a VC firm and then later started Foundation Capital. Now retired, she recently gave a commencement speech at the University of Chicago that’s filled with advice for graduates — especially women — who want to make it in tech. On this week’s podcast, Gould chats with VentureBeat’s Dylan Tweney and Kia Kokalitcheva about being a woman in VC, how she got really good at her job, and … winemaking.
  • Funding Daily: Waste bin sensors are a thing?

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Image Credit: ShutterStock Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Today’s funding deals: SeatGeek nabs $35M SeatGeek has served all kinds of fans in need of tickets for a long time, and now the people those fans pay money to see are turning their attention to the company. Today, the event ticket search engine announced a new $35 million round of funding from musicians, athletes, and (of course) venture capitalists. Read more on VentureBeat: SeatGeek nabs $35M from athletes and musicians whose…
  • Google stops showing authors in search results of news articles

    Tom Cheredar
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Image Credit: Kristina Alexanderson/FlickrGoogle has decided to stop showing authorship references within search results — much to the dismay of journalists and writers, who require constant ego gratification. The move to cancel Authorship, a means to identify the authors of articles in Google searches, was announced today by Google’s John Mueller via a Google+ update. The reason for dropping the Authorship program? Apparently, the information is not terribly useful to people who make search queries and has even distracted from the search results. Mueller did, however, note…
  • Don’t act surprised: Google has a drone-delivery program

    Jordan Novet
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Image Credit: GoogleAmazon is building drones to deliver things consumers buy, and Facebook is building drones so more people can get Internet access. And naturally, Google has been tinkering with drones, too. At first, the idea of 2-year-old Project Wing, as the company has dubbed this Google X research project, was to use the unmanned aerial vehicles to send defibrillators to places where people had heart attacks. But Googlers now think the technology could help people share their belongings with one another in a matter of two minutes, according to a story on the project in the Atlantic.
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  • Video Of The Week: A Lunchtime Talk In Larkin Square, Buffalo

    Fred Wilson
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    A few weeks ago, I spent most of the week in the upper midwest. I started out on Tuesday in Buffalo, NY, the location of my first venture capital investment, Upgrade Corporation of America. I did office hours at the Z80 accelerator and then did a lunchtime Q&A in the beautifully renovated Larkin Square with Eric Reich. This is a video of that talk. If you want to skip all the intros, go ten minutes in. The talk is about 40mins long. Q&A With Fred Wilson and Eric Reich – Aug 2014 from Z80 Labs Technology Incubator on Vimeo.
  • Reblog: Let Your Winners Run

    Fred Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    One of the things I am going to do on this extended vacation is go back into the archives and reblog posts that I think are still fresh and relevant. I’ll start with this one from Feb 2012. ————————- I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV. I gave them a two minute brief on our macro investment thesis (large networks of engaged users that can disrupt big markets) and then took them on a tour of some of these…
  • Reblogging An Old Post: The Word Bubble

    Fred Wilson
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    I wrote this in 2011. I think it’s as true today as it was then. It’s interesting that Marc Andreessen, in the video I posted over the weekend, also links the word Bubble in his mind to the Internet bubble that we all lived through. I guess for a certain cohort of investors, that is a very definitive moment in our lives that we will always be scarred by. ——————————— In all the posts over the past year or so outlining my thoughts on the financing and valuation environment in the internet sector, I’ve avoided…
  • Video Of The Week: Marc Andreessen at Stanford Business School

    Fred Wilson
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    I watched this interview recently and really liked it. It’s long, around 50mins, but it’s good.
  • Tearing Down The Teardown

    Fred Wilson
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    CB Insights published a “teardown” of USV’s investment strategy last week. It’s a pretty solid piece of work considering they did not have access to any of our internal data. The got some stuff wrong, however. 1) We did not participate in Zynga’s “megaround” in Feb 2011. 2) We only have six main investment vehicles; USV 2004 – $125mm USV 2008 – $160mm USV Opportunity Fund – $125mm USV 2012 – $200mm USV 2014 – $175mm USV Opportunity 2014 – $175mm 3) We have invested in a lot more than four YC companies. I think the…
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  • Madison Vaccines to Test Drug Combination Against Prostate Cancer

    Jeff Engel
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Jeff Engel Madison Vaccines, a Madison, WI-based startup developing immunotherapies for prostate cancer, has won a $1.5 million grant to conduct a Phase I trial to see if combining its lead vaccine with another drug can shrink tumors. The broader pharmaceutical industry will likely keep an eye on the study, as experts agree that beating prostate cancer will almost certainly require a mix of more than one treatment. The question is figuring out the best recipe. The Movember Foundation is providing the funding for Madison Vaccines’ new study through the Movember-Prostate Cancer Foundation…
  • West Coast Biotech Roundup: ARCH, Ebola, ViaCyte, Calithera & More

    Alex Lash
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Alex Lash Lots of news this week up and down the coast and up and down the biotech food chain. We’ve got a new twist (or fold, if you prefer) on academic Ebola research at the University of Washington, and new workspace for tiny startups in Palo Alto and San Diego. We’ve got fresh venture capital for early-stage companies from ARCH Venture Partners, and more mature companies like Calithera Biosciences looking to go public. If you prefer your news with a corporate flavor, we’ve got an update on a small San Diego company working in the shadow of the Roche/Intermune…
  • Tech Entrepreneur on a Mission to Get People to Unplug and Socialize

    Sarah Schmid
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Sarah Schmid Brian Hiss is a successful, New York-based tech entrepreneur. He co-founded, later acquired by, and he’s currently at the helm of Dooble, his eighth startup, which offers users curated lists of fun things to do in New York City. So why is Hiss in the middle of a 12-week, 20-city tour to promote the idea of digital disengagement? “I’m not anti-tech,” Hiss explains. “I’ve been working in tech for a long time. Every company I create gives people technology that aids their experience, not becomes their experience. I’m advocating for sustainable…
  • Texas Roundup: New Funds for Bellicum, AirStrip, and Green & Grow

    Angela Shah
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Angela Shah Here is the latest innovation news from the Texas ecosystem: —Mizzen+Main, a two-year-old Dallas startup that sells men’s apparel made of moisture-wicking material, raised $1.2 million in a seed round Thursday. Investors include VegasTechFund—started by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh—and Dallas entrepreneurs such as Hunter Hunt of Hunt Consolidated Energy and Chris Kleinert of Hunt Consolidated Investments. —Start Houston, a co-working space, has partnered with Austin, TX-based MicroVentures to form a dedicated investment website for a group of Houston startups,…
  • Doyenne Group Raising $400K Angel Fund For WI Women Entrepreneurs

    Jeff Engel
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Jeff Engel The Doyenne Group, a Madison, WI-based volunteer organization serving women entrepreneurs, is raising a $400,000 angel investment fund to help grow the number of women-led companies in Wisconsin. Doyenne leaders discussed the fund this week at Madison’s Forward Festival, an eight-day showcase of local technology and startups. During the tech festival, Doyenne organized several discussions and events on the topic of women in entrepreneurship, including a pitch contest featuring five Wisconsin startups run by women. Kathryn Jackson, founder and CEO of Milwaukee-based Protect Your…
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  • Dog-kicking CEO needs to go – poll

    Lawrence J. Aragon
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    The only thing peHUB readers are as strongly opposed to as raising the tax rate on carried interest may be the ongoing tenure of Desmond “Des” Hague as CEO of private equity-backed Centerplate. We polled readers with the following question: “The CEO of Centerplate, which is owned by Olympus Partners, is accused of abusing a dog. Should he be fired?” Of the 363 readers who responded as of 4:45 p.m. PST on Aug. 28, 79 percent answered in the affirmative. Just 17 percent said Hague should keep his job as head of the giant hospitality company, while 4 percent said they weren’t sure…
  • Harvest Partners to seek buyer for PSSI

    Luisa Beltran
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Harvest Partners is putting Packer Sanitation Services Inc (PSSI) up for sale, three sources said. Harris Williams is advising, the persons said. It is unclear how much Packer Sanitation will fetch. Harvest Partners has been out discussing options for the company, but PSSI is currently not on the block, one of the sources said. The company may go up for sale later this year, the person said. “It’s really, really early,” the source said. Founded in 1971, PSSI provides outsourced cleaning and sanitation services for the food processing industry. Kieler, Wisconsin-based PSSI…
  • Accel Partners, Peyton and Eli Manning and rapper Nas back SeatGeek

    Iris Dorbian
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Accel Partners said Thursday that it has led a $35 million Series B funding round for New York City-based ticket search engine SeatGeek. Other investors included National Football League quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, rapper Nas, Melo7 Tech Partners and Causeway Media Partners, a sports-focused investment fund led by Boston Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck. According to the firm, the capital will be used for personnel hiring, product expansion and growth. In conjunction with the funding, John Locke, a partner at Accel, has been added to SeatGeek’s board. Previously, SeatGeek raised…
  • Elizabeth Arden reviewing Rhône Capital’s tender offer

    Iris Dorbian
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Beauty products brand Elizabeth Arden is evaluating Rhône Capital‘s tender offer to buy about 20 percent of the company. According to terms of the offer, Rhône Capital is seeking to acquire up to 6.4 million shares of Elizabeth Arden at $17 per share. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), a global prestige beauty products company, today announced that Nightingale Onshore Holdings L.P. and Nightingale Offshore Holdings L.P., investment funds affiliated with Rhône Capital L.L.C. (referred to together as “Rhône Capital”), have…
  • Advent International to invest in Cataratas

    Iris Dorbian
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Cataratas has agreed to receive an undisclosed investment from Advent International. Cataratas is a provider of concession services at Brazil’s national parks. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of this year. PRESS RELEASE SÃO PAULO, August 27, 2014 – Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global investors dedicated solely to private equity, today announced that it has agreed to make a significant equity investment in Cataratas do Iguaçu S.A. (“Cataratas”), the leading concessionaire of services at Brazil’s national parks. Advent…
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  • Hortonworks gets more serious about real-time data with Kafka integration

    Derrick Harris
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Hortonworks has added Apache Kafka to tis Hadoop software platform as a technical preview. Kafka isn't the most popular tool in the world, but it's widely used among large web companies, making it a useful add-on for luring customers of that ilk. Hortonworks gets more serious about real-time data with Kafka integration originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either

    Mathew Ingram
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Writer David Sessions argues in a piece at Patrol magazine that journalism is worse because of the effects of the internet -- but most of the things that he and others complain about have been a part of the media business for hundreds of years, including clickbait Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Studying how dogs herd sheep could help robots learn how to herd humans

    Signe Brewster
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Robots could someday be used in disaster situations to help people out of burning rooms or collapsed buildings. They could also control huge crowds, which herding dogs already do with ease. Studying how dogs herd sheep could help robots learn how to herd humans originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • It’s not just Amazon: Google is developing delivery drones too

    Signe Brewster
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Google is two years into developing "Project Wing," which relies on a cross between a plane and a helicopter to deliver goods. It’s not just Amazon: Google is developing delivery drones too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Will GE’s $15 Wink connected lights get a $250 souped-up wall switch?

    Stacey Higginbotham
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Sick of grabbing your phone in order to turn off your connected lights? Well, GE may have a very fancy wall switch/touchscreen combo to integrate your smart home and lighting needs. Will GE’s $15 Wink connected lights get a $250 souped-up wall switch? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
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    Feld Thoughts

  • Being Adult In A Relationship

    Brad Feld
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was with my close friend Jerry Colonna for dinner last week. We sat outside at the Boulder Teahouse, our favorite place to eat together, and shared a meal, some heavy conversation, and some love. I love Jerry. I learn something every time I’m with him. He’s one of the first VCs I ever worked with and is my favorite other than my Foundry Group partners. We both struggled openly with depression. I think we have helped each other, and many others, through our openness. I consider him one of my closest friends. We talked about a couple of heavy, conflict filled situations we were…
  • Do You Want To Understand How Accelerators Work?

    Brad Feld
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    FG Press recently released its third book, Accelerate: Founder Insights Into Accelerator Programs. If you want to understand how an accelerator program works from the inside or are considering applying to an accelerator, this is the book for you. Luke Deering interviewed 150 entrepreneurs who have been through a variety of accelerator programs to get their insights. He originally did this as a Kickstarter campaign which I supported and wrote the foreword for. When I saw the Kickstarter version, I asked if we could add to it, edit it, and publish it via FG Press. It’s out and I’m…
  • Is The US A No Vacation Nation?

    Brad Feld
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Amy and I take a week off the grid every quarter. It is one of the things that has kept me sane and us together over the past 14 years. This morning I saw a great short clip from the Today Show that got forwarded around on the US becoming a no vacation nation. They include an interview with Bart Lorang discussing FullContact’s Paid PAID vacation policy. It also shows an iconic picture of what stimulated this, which was Bart checking his email on his iPhone while riding on a camel with his then girlfriend / now wife in front of some pyramids. Visit for breaking news, world…
  • Who Would You Miss The Most If You Weren’t Here

    Brad Feld
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    This morning’s question during my Headspace meditation session was “Who or what would you miss the most if you weren’t here.” Over the last few months, my meditation practice has been spotty. Something indeterminate happened and I just fell out of the routine. I’ve been told by my meditating friends that this happens often and not to worry about it, but rather just to start practicing again when you feel like it. I’m feeling very maxed out right now. I know there’s some cliche about VCs taking it easy in August but that never seems to be my…
  • CEO Invite to Sixth U.S./Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity

    Brad Feld
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I recently talked to Larissa Herda, the CEO of TW Telecom (in the process of being acquired by Level 3). Larissa reached out to me through an employee who knows me because of my own struggles with depression. Larissa is another example of a leader / CEO who has been open about depression, especially in the workplace, and we had a great conversation. Larissa is hosting the Sixth U.S./Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity at her offices in Denver on 9/26. The topic this year is Making Suicide Prevention a Health and Safety Priority. The participants will largely be business leaders…
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    Lightspeed Venture Partners

  • Next Generation Data Analytics Meets Life Sciences

    Peter Nieh
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our freshly minted investment in Comprehend ( was announced today. We are thrilled to back co-founders Rick Morrison and Jud Gardner and their team as they continue their mission to use next generation data analytics to help life science companies transform the way they bring products to market. Like many of our most successful companies, what Comprehend does is simple yet powerful and has a profound impact on their customers. Basically all the life science companies out there have a really difficult time seeing and analyzing the data they need to navigate the clinical…
  • Big data + science = B2B revenue

    Peter Nieh
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    We are excited to announce our new Series A investment in EverString (!  CEO and co-founder Vincent Yang, a mathematician by training, had built a system while he was at Summit Partners, a private equity firm, to comb the Web looking for investment opportunities.  At EverString, he took his thinking to an entirely new level.  He has assembled a crack team of experts in natural language processing, text mining, machine learning, computational optimization, and unstructured data analytics to do something essential for any B2B enterprise:  generate demand. EverString…
  • Introducing ThoughtSpot – The End of Business Intelligence As we Know It

    Arif Janmohamed
    5 Feb 2014 | 6:30 am
    Business Intelligence (BI) is the gift that keeps on giving. For years, startups have popped up, promising better insights and faster decision making capabilities, consistently resulting in new waves of highly valued companies. Take a look at the past decade, which has seen massive consolidation as well as a hot new set of public companies. For example, SAP snapped up Business Objects for $6.8B in 2009, IBM acquired Cognos for $5B in 2008, and Oracle acquired Hyperion for $3.3B in 2007. The most recent set of public BI companies include upstarts such as Tableau, Qlikview, and Splunk which…
  • Those Beautiful Nest Eggs

    Peter Nieh
    13 Jan 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Congratulations to Tony Fadell, Matt Rogers and the world class team at Nest!  Today Nest announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Google.   As investors in the company since the early days, we here at Lightspeed have been honored to be a partner of Nest.   Nest is a very special company with a truly exceptional team… a VC’s dream.  We are thrilled to see Nest have an opportunity to further accelerate its business as part of Google. I first met Tony Fadell, co-founder and CEO of Nest, in the summer of 1991.  I was an intern at a then 30 person startup called General Magic…
  • Nimble Storage Debuts on NYSE

    Barry Eggers
    13 Dec 2013 | 10:53 am
    Today is an exciting day for Nimble Storage. We are fortunate to be early investors and partners to the company, having made our initial investment during the depths of the global financial collapse in late 2008. Nimble successfully completed its IPO on the NYSE today – a testament to the team’s vision and execution. At Lightspeed, we had identified the flash storage trend in early 2007 with an investment in Pliant Technology, a manufacturer of SSDs that was later acquired by SanDisk. Our investment in Pliant gave us an early view into how flash memory would fit into next generation…
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  • Calling for alternative endings to SAP book

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I formally invited SAP to provide a 10 page, unedited column to include at end of the book I am writing - how things will be different with its new management team. The book model shows customer spend at a...
  • Why I write books

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week, at the grocery store checkout I overhead a man congratulate another about his new book. Curious I asked the author what his book was about. Hugh Sullivan has written about his 40 year career as a Navy Corpsman....
  • The Impact of Automation on Jobs: The Missing Dimensions

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Pew Research has a thought provoking study on the impact of algorithms and robotics on jobs. Half the experts polled are very pessimistic, the other half just pessimistic. Definitely worth a read. What I find fascinating about these discussions is...
  • Gartner, the lightning rod

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Once again Gartner is in the news. Its is being sued and a whole slew of blogs and articles have piled on. My summer project researching and writing about the SAP economy has allowed me a chance to go back...
  • High Road

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    When I started to write the book on the SAP economy I had counted on customer, market watcher and competitor input. What’s been surprising – and actually inspiring – is how restrained competitor executives have been in their critique of...
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    Babbling VC

  • Want A Job? Tell Everyone!

    Paul Jozefak
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I'm surprised when people tell me they don't know how to go about getting a new job or feel stuck. It's not necessarily easy to find a new job but it's definitely a simple process.  The best way to go about it is to TELL EVERYONE that you are looking. I could practically stop right there and you'd have all the advice you need. Let me explain a bit though where I am coming from. The majority of people I have ever hired told me they were looking. They pinged me after reading a blog post. They mentioned it in passing over a beer at an event. They asked me to dinner and said they were looking.
  • The Suffer

    Paul Jozefak
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    There's a reality in life when you try to succeed....regardless of what you are striving for. I'll call it "The Suffer" and I won't label it as good or bad. It just is. Note, it's not Gladwell's 10,000 hours when I talk about The Suffer, although the two are related. I'm referring more to the little things that you never talk about in hindsight. For example, most interviews never actually delve into the underbelly of success when it comes to The Suffer and most people, when asked how they did it, tend to focus on soundbites and the sparkle.  I wish more people would talk about The Suffer…
  • On Motivation

    Paul Jozefak
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    I read this article this morning and found it somewhat compelling in terms of why Gen Y is unhappy. I guess a lot of it simply makes sense and not just for Gen Y. Yet it completely falls apart at the end. The advice given is not unique and I've read it often. I take issue with all of it.  1. Stay Wildly Ambitious This is "delusional", to use a term from the author. In life, you should have goals and a sense of direction. That's good. You should also be an extent. Yet, remaining wildly ambitious all the time is completely nuts. You will eventually fall flat on your…
  • The Joy of Exits: apprupt Sold

    Paul Jozefak
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    I was happy to recently see that apprupt had sold. This was one of my early investments at Neuhaus Partners and in hindsight probably one of the more fruitful ones. Did it deliver crazy returns? Not really. Was it internationally known and a market leader in a super hot space? Also not really. Then why is it relevant? Well, it's an investment I made because of......the founders, a company I stayed engaged with.....because of the founders and a company where I remain friends....with the founders. I met Kjell and Jascha shortly after launching OpenCoffee in Hamburg. Few people were coming back…
  • Why?: FAB CEO's Memo to Employees

    Paul Jozefak
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    I'm glad I'm not the only one to think this internal memo is insane. Luckily, FastCompany already wrote their thoughts on Jason Goldberg's internal memo to employees trying to rally the troops. I wasn't originally even going to comment but after some thought, I wanted to add my comments.  First, some background on my thoughts. I, for one, am not known as indirect nor one to hold back. I've had my share of loud-mouth comments as a manager and I've always been one to lead the charge when necessary. Nevertheless, I believe most people would concur that I surely have my enemies and a bunch of…
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  • Businesses Are Winning Cat-and-Mouse Tax Game

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Corporations are finding ways to legally avoid paying federal taxes, causing business income tax revenue to be stagnant.
  • In China, Dueling Scholarship Programs From Billionaires

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Stephen A. Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group, and Zhang Xin, the chief executive of SOHO China, will bankroll scholarships for students in China.
  • Barclays Agrees to Lend Detroit $275 Million to Exit Bankruptcy

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Part of the proceeds will be used to retire a $120 million loan, also from Barclays, that Detroit used to pay for its operations while in Chapter 9 bankruptcy. In addition, the city will use about $100 million of the proceeds to pay its obligations to two classes of bankruptcy creditors. The remaining amount is to be invested in public improvements intended to help reverse Detroit’s long decline.
  • Judge’s Ruling Could Affect Bondholders in Corporate Bankruptcies

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A judge’s order in a bankruptcy case brings up the question of whether bondholders must get a “make whole” payment to get paid in full, Stephen J. Lubben explains in his latest In Debt column.
  • Vivendi Looks Out for Its Shareholders in Talks for Its Brazil Unit

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Vivendi seems to have chosen the surest exit for its shareholders and Telefónica doesn’t seem to be overpaying in the latest talks over Vivendi's Brazilian business, GVT, Fiona Maharg-Bravo and Neil Unmack write for Reuters Breakingviews.
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  • Sales Tactics: A View from the Receiving End

    Jeff Nolan
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    On average I get 10-15 vendors calling me each day to sell me stuff (marketing is a services, content, and systems heavy business these days). I pay a lot of attention to the details of how people sell and try to incorporate effective tactics into our own SDR function. Here’s my rundown on the most common tactics I find myself on the receiving end of: 1) Blunt Force Trauma: “Jeff, I was wondering if you had an opportunity to read my last email”. Surprisingly effective, I get 2-3 of these from someone and I feel guilty enough to actually respond. Probability of closing something is…
  • Wingz – Airport Rides and One Bad UI Issue

    Jeff Nolan
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    I’ve been using Wingz to get to/from the airport. The idea is simple, black car service like Uber but exclusively for airport transportation, and a big advantage is that you can schedule the rides in advance. With a web-based and mobile app, it’s alway available and convenient. Wingz is aggressively priced, about 40% less expensive than a typical black car service, and so far my experience with the drivers has been exceptional. With the price of long term parking at SFO now $18 a day, paying $82 for airport transportation for my typical 3-4 day trip is a wash and because…
  • Turn the Tables

    Jeff Nolan
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    This week the crazy internets have been abuzz with the story of AOL executive Ryan Block, who attempted to do something rather mundane, cancel his cable, and was subjected to an excruciatingly long ordeal with the customer service representative at Comcast. This is well covered, I don’t need to relive it… and more to the point, we’ve all been there. What makes this story, and others like it, catch fire is that there is a recording to go with the narrative. The call experience comes alive with the voice recording. This is a relatively recent phenomena and one that is a result…
  • Be Careful What You Get Good At

    Jeff Nolan
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I just finished watching True Detective, which by any measure is an impressive piece of work. There is a scene in one of the final episodes really struck a chord with me. Cohle: Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. Hart: If that long. Cohle: Yeah, so be careful what you get good at. Do you ever feel like you are trapped in the thing you do for a living? There’s a lot of things we take for granted in the tech industry but that privilege does come at a price, which is that career mobility suffers. I honestly don’t know where I could do what I am good at if not…
  • Fan Power

    Jeff Nolan
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    This was a surprisingly interesting op-ed, not interesting because it is penned by a glam celebrity but because op-eds are typically not insightful and rooted in facts, as this one is. Yes, the entertainment industry is changing, as it has always done, but in this case the influence of social media – the broadcast medium of our century – can’t be underestimated. Swift writes about the changing relationship with fans and this mimics what is happening across the spectrum, companies are being forced into a new form of intimacy with customers. Musicians my recoil at the notion…
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  • Optimism: Fuel or Foil?

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    It’s hard to be an entrepreneur without a healthy dose of optimism baked into your DNA.  You have to believe that you can succeed in making a rational bet, even if you’re wrong. I’m a the-glass-is-5%-full kind of guy.  I like to think I’ll always succeed, even though like nearly every entrepreneur I have tasted the bitterness of failure.  If I didn’t have that mindset, I wouldn’t be able to get up and dust off after failing.  I probably would have been down for the count long ago. While I think being an optimist is helpful as a founder, it does come at a cost.  If you believe…
  • Avoid Poison Investors

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Not all investors are created equal.  Some add lots of operational value, while others have deep pockets that can help get your company out of a bind down the road.  But there are also social dimensions to keep in mind when forming a syndicate. Investors are people.  And when you get multiple people to collaborate you have a group.  Groups are subject to dynamics that change the way individuals would otherwise make decisions. If you’ve ever worked on a class project or been on a team at work you’ve probably seen this.  Leadership roles naturally develop, internal politics arise and…
  • Seeking Interplay Talent Guru

    5 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Interplay is hiring someone to drive recruiting as part of our team.  Here’s a job description below. ***Job Description*** Interplay is a NY based foundry and investment firm.  We have incubated/invested in more than a dozen companies that aim to build disruptive companies that provide unparalleled experiences. We are looking to add a Talent person who will help companies expand their teams.  This is an opportunity for a person with incredible raw recruiting talent to obtain an in-house recruiting role, operate largely autonomously and integrate into the cutting-edge startup…
  • It’s Hard To Do Customer Development When Everyone Is Staring At You

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Big company launches seem to fall in and out of favor.  Landing pages with rapidly spinning counters are the dreams of some and the nightmare of others. But what can be bad about publicity and tons of early adopters? Well, the crowd can stare.  The crowd can expect.  And in response to the pressure of the crowd – the fear of public failure – management might elect to play its hand sub-optimally.  If the crowd is anticipating a feature to launch, it’ll be unpopular to reprioritize your feature list.  If the crowd is eager to experience your product you might be pressured to…
  • How To Get A Job In VC [Video]

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Wall Street Oasis was kind enough to have me give a talk on getting the job in Venture Capital.  If you’re thinking about pursuing VC as a career path the video of the talk is below. Enjoy.   No related content found.
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    First Round Capital Review

  • What I Learned As Pandora’s First Data Scientist

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Three years ago, Gordon Rios became Pandora’s first official data scientist. Since then, he’s seen the team grow to over a dozen strong and become hugely influential in every decision the company makes. Considering how much of Pandora’s service is data-driven — from maintaining its famous Music Genome Project to creating even more ways for people to discover music they’ll love — it’s one of the best examples around of a data science team growing fast and lean to make a difference. As a keen observer of how Pandora has hired and structured its team of…
  • Power Up Your Team with Nonviolent Communication Principles

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Why does one startup succeed wildly while another with a similar model and talented team fails miserably? Case studies might highlight the winner’s flexible business model or responsive community management. They might point to the failure’s wasted budget or poor product planning. But, in the end, all of that boils down to communication. No matter what, the fate of every company depends on the team’s ability to communicate clearly and constructively. This might sound obvious. But according to well-known executive coaches Ann Mehl and Jerry Colonna, there’s a vast…
  • Positioning Your Startup is Vital — Here’s How to Nail It

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When Arielle Jackson started to develop the marketing and communications plan around Cover (the Android app quickly snapped up by Twitter), she brought a lot of firepower to the job. During her nearly nine years at Google, she managed product marketing for Gmail, Docs, Calendar and Voice. She then moved on to Square, where she led go-to-market plans for new hardware products like the Square Stand. At Cover, she put everything she learned to work to help make the product uniquely valuable. Today, she does the same as an advisor to multiple startups. What’s surprising for many people, she…
  • How Crowd-Funding Is Changing Everything and What That Means for Your Startup

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When FundersClub entered the scene in 2012, crowdfunding was still coming of age. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo were gaining traction, but weren’t widely perceived as serious financing platforms. They also left a gap for a company to democratize startup investing online. That’s exactly what FundersClub Co-founders Alex Mittal and Boris Silver set out to do. Since then, they have witnessed (and pioneered) the movement of brand new fundraising strategies. No longer must startups be limited to taking their roadshow to Sand Hill Road to convince VCs in person. Today, as a…
  • The One Tool Startups Need to Brainstorm, Test and Win

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The word “lean” is everywhere these days. Lean processes, lean startups. While Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, has arguably become the face of this movement, its philosophy is largely based on something called the Business Model Canvas — a tool developed by author and entrepreneur Alexander Osterwalder and Swiss academic Yves Pigneur. Extremely simple in its design, the Business Model Canvas empowers entrepreneurs to create, visualize and test business models without wasting capital or overcomplicating their approach. Today, it’s used by startups to break new…
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    VC Cafe

  • Snapchat – The Next Great Advertising Platform (guest post)

    Levi Shapiro
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    How valuable is ten seconds of Millenial mindshare? Brands like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Audi and the NBA are ramping up their advertising efforts with Snapchat, the photo and video app that disappears in 10 seconds. Although there are many skeptics, I am not one of them. Snapchat is poised to become the next great advertising platform. Brands crave scale, demographics and engagement. Snapchat can check all three of those boxes. Scale: Every day, 700 million snaps and 1 billion stories (a thread that can be viewed for 24 hours) are viewed. There are more than 30 million Monthly Active Users and…
  • The Story of Techbikers (You can Play a role too)

    Eze Vidra
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A month from now, 70 people in the London tech industry will be (hopefully) on the last leg of a 320km (200 miles) cycle ride from Paris to London. What made these ‘geeks’ get off their laptop and get on their bikes? A combination of wanting to do good and yearning to be part of a strong startup community in London. Since we started Techbikers in 2012, 120 techies cycled from Paris to London and we’ve raised over 100,000 pounds for Room to Read, creating 3 schools, 4 libraries and 3,000 scholarships for girls in India and Nepal. “Life is a journey of realization, which often ends in…
  • Biz Dev Tips for Startups – The ‘First Meeting’

    David Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Most times when I finish a meeting, I think to myself “that was such a great meeting. I’m so excited for what happens next”. If your meetings aren’t ending like this, then you’ve just wasted everyone’s time. Here are a few lessons I learnt from having hundreds of business meetings in Australia, Chile, and the USA. Don’t pitch, listen Much like my previous post in this series, don’t launch into your product pitch or try to sell something immediately. Listen to what they have to say. I usually start meetings with a simple, ‘how has your day…
  • 10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

    Eze Vidra
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    I remember the first time I met Mark Gerson, the founder of expert network company Gerson Lehrman Group (where I previously worked), as he described how Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) first started. Investors (mainly hedge funds at the time), needed a way to quickly understand an industry they were going to invest in. One day could be pharma and the next, commercial real estate. Resources abound online, but the noise-to-signal ratio is high, and the content needs to be verified and curated. So he teamed up with a few PhDs and set off to write a book about each major vertical – Healthcare,…
  • Israeli Consumers Prefer ONLINE Media

    Levi Shapiro
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Israelis Value Online Media 1.5x More Than Offline Media- Highest in Global Survey Digital media is a recent phenomenon in Israel. The first television broadcast, a military parade, did not occur until 1968. In the mobile era, the iPhone arrived in 2009 (two years after the US), followed by the iPad in 2011 and the iTunes store in 2012. Today, 60 percent of Israeli adults carry a Smartphone, spurring 2x growth in mobile media consumption just in the last two years, to 93 minutes per day (Shiluv Millward Brown). In a survey released this week by Google and BCG, among the 11 countries…
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  • Why Google Banned A Privacy Tool Called 'Disconnect Mobile' From The Android App Store (GOOG)

    Julie Bort
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Earlier this week, Google removed an app called "Disconnect Mobile" from the Google Play app store. Disconnect Mobile is a privacy tool that stops other apps from collecting data on users. In the five days it was available in Google’s store, it was downloaded more than 5,000 times, reports the Wall Street Journal, which broke the news on the banned app. The startup makes a similar app for iOS and a popular desktop version used by 2 million people. Google sent Disconnect an email telling the startup that the app violated a rule. Google doesn't allow any app in its store that "interferes…
  • 10 Tech Millionaires And Billionaires Who Have Surprisingly Humble Habits

    Dave Smith
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There are plenty of Silicon Valley executives who live fabulous and lavish lifestyles, but not all of tech's millionaires and billionaires care to flaunt their wealth. Some tech leaders prefer to use their wealth as a cushion to life comfortably, but not excessively. We rounded up some of the wealthiest names in technology to show you that not all of Silicon Valley's millionaires and billionaires blow their riches on yachts, mansions, and private jets.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg eats McDonald's and wears the same shirt and hoodie every day. Net worth: $33.3 billion The brains behind…
  • The Online Video Ecosystem Explained: How Video Travels Over The Internet And Into Consumer Living Rooms

    Mark Hoelzel
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    There's a little-discussed piece of the video ecosystem that is becoming absolutely critical to how content on streaming sites like Netflix finds its way to people's TVs: Content Distribution Networks (CDNs). A  recent report and explainer from BI Intelligence on the video ecosystem finds that CDNs specialize in delivering large volumes of traffic over multiple ISPs, varying geographies, and piping it through internet infrastructure. In short, CDNs take the guess-work and heavy lifting out of the complex task of delivering video, in a reliable manner, to millions of viewers…
  • Google Has Been Working On A Top-Secret Drone Program For Package Deliveries (GOOG)

    Julie Bort
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Flying robots will soon deliver the products we order over the Internet. And Google wants to be the company making that happen. Google recently showed off its two-year-old secret "Project Wing" drone delivery project to the Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal. Here's what a Google delivery drone looks like: Project Wing is part of Google X, the research team trying to solve really hard "moonshot" engineering problems. It's the team that created Google Glass, is working on self-driving cars, using balloons to bring the Internet to far-flung corners of the globe among other crazy, cool things. Google…
  • Term Of The Day: 'Google Dorking' (GOOG)

    Julie Bort
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    If you are a competent internet user, chances are you've done something called "Google Dorking." And now the Feds have issued a warning to U.S. businesses to be on the lookout for Google Dorking activity as a sign of hackers. Google Dorking means using Google's advanced search techniques to dig up information on the web that doesn't easily pop up during a normal search. Our favorite is a feature called "site," which lets you search a single website for a keyword or photos. (Here's a tutorial on how to use that.) Google also has special search commands called  "filetype" and "datarange."…
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  • Qatar investors to buy InterContinental Paris Le Grand for $442 million

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Constellation Hotels Holding, part of the Qatar Holding investment group, has made a $442 million offer to buy the InterContinental Paris Le Grand. The Hotel, which is located in the heart of Paris overlooking the Opera House, has 470 guest rooms, including 70 suites. It first opened in 1862 and has operated under the InterContinental brand since 1982. IHG would retain a 30 year management contract on the Hotel. Qatar Holding is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN1408. More details follows
  • Middle East private equity firm has big plans for US real estate in DC

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Ritz Banc Group, a private equity firm based in Washington DC and backed by Middle East investors, has acquired a two-building office portfolio in Washington DC and is on the hunt for other deals in the region - The Washington Business Journal is reporting. Ritz Banc Group is co-founded by Nasr El Hage Jr and is backed by investors from family offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon. (The sale price is not disclosed but an affiliate of the firm seems to be listed in public records as buyer of one of the buildings for $18.3 million a couple of days ago). To see listing and contact emails of…
  • UAE Investor to finance $120 million hotel project in Antigua

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    UAE Investor Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi has signed an agreement to invest $120 million in a tourism project at Antigua. The property will be located on a 36-acre beachfront site, the government said, five acres of which will be developed into a national park facility. Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi is chairman of the Emirates Investment Group (EIG), a Sharjah-based private sector investment group. EIG has a number of real estate projects in its portfolio including the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Singapore, Emirates Financial Towers in Dubai International Financial Center and…
  • Middle East investors to spend $180 billion in global real estate over next decade

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    CBRE Group, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is reporting that Middle Eastern investors are expected to spend $180 billion in commercial real estate markets outside of their own region over the next decade. Just in 2013, the commercial real estate investments of Middle East investors has been $13 billion, $5 billion of which by non-SWF and individual investors. At the moment their investment appetite is focused on Europe, but the share of investment in America is increasing - CBRE research shows. (You can listen to an interview with a CBRE head of research here. Also check…
  • Middle East Investors acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:20 am
    A consortium of investors from the Middle East, led by Cibola Capital, has acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the current owner Nathan Tinkler has invested more than $500 million in the operation of this racing and breeding operation since its inception in 2007. (Patinack Farm comprises of three properties including a 3,300 acre breeding facility, a 1,000 acre training facility and 950 acres of undeveloped horse country and a bloodstock of close to 600 horses) To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from…
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  • Our Common Humanity: We Still Have a Lot to Build on the Internet

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    There have been a number of tweets in my timeline roughly saying: “Ferguson, Gaza, Syria, Ukraine — what is going on with the world?” I don’t know that these can all be reduced to a single underlying reason although the current rate of global change likely has something to do with it. There is, however, one thing they all have in common: an abject failure to recognize each other’s humanity. This failure is all the more frustrating at a time when we should all know that we are inhabiting a rock hurling through space protected by a ridiculously thin atmosphere. An…
  • Buzzfeed, Native Ads and Crowdfunding (Beacon Reader et al)

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker for a good listicle. That’s probably a result of being overly prone to making lists myself. I am also not offended by native advertising per se. After all it completely predates the internet. Thumbing through pretty much any fashion magazine or one of the glossy local publications like “Westchester" will make that instantly evident. All of this is to say that I am happy for Jonah Peretti and the folks at Buzzfeed about the recent financing led by Chris Dixon for A16Z. But I feel very differently when it comes to original news…
  • Organizing Knowledge Around Basic Concepts

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    This summer I have been blogging less. That’s largely because I have been reading more and also been spending more time thinking about some of my favorite topics. All of this has me more convinced than ever that we need to invest heavily in elucidating the interconnections of knowledge. Way too much of our teaching and learning occurs in highly fragmented pieces. I have written about this before but now I have an idea for what to do about it. I want to help organize knowledge around basic concepts such as trees, waves, growth, etc. What do I mean by this? Take trees as an example. A…
  • Foursquare: Personalized Recommendations Unleashed

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Today’s release of the latest version of Foursquare has me super excited. It puts together all of the data and capabilities the team there has built over the last five years to provide the best local recommendations: based on lots of detailed data and knowing your tastes. Dennis’s vision for Foursquare has always been to create the best local discovery engine — one that’s personalized just for you — by crowdsourcing bits of information from users all over the world. Today brings Foursquare a big step closer to that vision. Unlike traditional review-based…
  • It is OK to Worry about Work (& Doesn't Make you a Luddite or Socialist)

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    In venture capital we come across startups all the time that are building something that has been tried in the past and failed. It would be very easy to dismiss these opportunities based on a naive “pattern matching” approach to investing. Instead at USV we always ask ourselves “what is different now?” to understand whether the lessons from the past do in fact apply or something profound has changed. This is important because things that failed in the past tend to eventually succeed due to changes in technology, the market or society / behavior. It is useful to keep…
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  • A Return to Blogging, After More Than Two Crazy Years

    Chris McDemus
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    What did LL Cool J say?  “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years . . . .”  Well, something like that.  It’s been over two years since I’ve blogged.  I really can’t believe it’s been that long.  It honestly feels like yesterday. What’s happened since then?  First, I updated the VCDL site.  It was time to get away from the tired looking late 90′s design. Second, I merged my practice with some old friends at Baer Crossey LLC sometime around the beginning of May, 2012, and, honestly, it’s the main driver for why…
  • Why Start-Up Entrepreneurs Never Hit Their Numbers, and What They Can Do About It

    Chris McDemus
    7 Apr 2012 | 7:06 pm
    [guest post] By Frederick J. Beste, III There is a dichotomy in the world of entrepreneurship which is almost beyond belief: Every start-up entrepreneur believes that he is going to exceed his projections, yet None of them even reach them. I know, I know, one should be very careful in using absolutes like “every” and “none,” but in over 40 years of start-up stage venture capital investing, I have seen only one exception to these statements.  Take a hundred entrepreneurs selected at random, hook them up to lie detectors, have them place their left hands over pictures…
  • SEC Gives VC and Smaller Private Fund Managers Limited Relief from Investment Adviser Registration

    Chris McDemus
    17 Sep 2011 | 3:25 pm
    [Guest Post] By Keith S. Marlowe, Esq. Background Investment managers of private funds (“Private Fund Managers”) such as venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge funds (i.e., funds not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”)) have been greatly concerned about the regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act requiring such managers to register with the SEC as investment advisers.  In the past, Private Fund Managers were mostly exempt from investment adviser registration at both the federal and state levels.  The Dodd-Frank Act…
  • Does Crowdfunding Work for Early Stage Growth Companies?

    Chris McDemus
    28 Feb 2011 | 8:44 am
    I guess crowdsourced funding or “crowdfunding” – as it seems to be known – has reached mainstream now that The Wall Street Journal (article), Knowledge@Wharton (article), TechCrunch (article) and The Economist (article) have all written articles on the topic.  The earliest article I found regarding crowdfunding was a Times article from 2008, so the concept is still relatively new.  By now, most people understand the concept of crowdsourcing and if you combine that concept with trying to raise money for something then you’ve got crowdfunding.  It’s a…
  • Simplifying the Law: Could It Be That Simple?

    Chris McDemus
    10 Jan 2011 | 9:47 pm
    It’s been a long time since I put up a post – chalk it up to a couple of very busy weeks.  I tried to shut off all electronics over the holidays and take a much needed mental hiatus.  I am now ready to get back to posting. As you know, my blog is about venture capital, angels, start-ups, emerging growth companies and the like as these are the areas I’ve spent my career working in.  Despite being a lawyer, I really don’t write much about the law per se as most people would think of it, but more about the legal aspects of doing deals with angels, venture capitalists…
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    OpenView Blog

  • Billion-Dollar Bet: The Real Reason Amazon and Google Wanted Twitch

    Mackey Craven
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    To get the full story behind what made Twitch such a hot acquisition target, you have to go back to the launch of in 2007, the same year Netflix released its streaming video service to the world. via OpenView Labs ↬ Billion-Dollar Bet: The Real Reason Amazon and Google Wanted Twitch
  • Major vs. Minor Projects: How Our Portfolio Companies Can Engage with OpenView Labs

    Devon McDonald
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    When it comes to working with our portfolio companies, there are two primary ways that the OpenView Labs Team can help: with major projects and minor projects. via OpenView Labs ↬ Major vs. Minor Projects: How Our Portfolio Companies Can Engage with OpenView Labs
  • The Secret Ingredient to Being a Great VC

    Blake Bartlett
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lot of people ask me what it takes to be successful as a VC. I actually do believe there is a silver bullet, but it’s not based on educational background, work experience, or reading material. It’s something softer and more innate. via OpenView Labs ↬ The Secret Ingredient to Being a Great VC
  • Founder’s Corner: ToutApp Founder & CEO Tawheed Kader

    OpenView Guest
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this week's episode of the Founder's Corner, Tawheed Kader, founder and CEO of Sales Communications Platform ToutApp, shares the story behind his company's growth and his thoughts on customer segmentation, upfront payments, building lasting customer relationships, and more. via OpenView Labs ↬ Founder’s Corner: ToutApp Founder & CEO Tawheed Kader
  • Meet the Portfolio: How Sonian’s Sales Organization Uses Scrum to Hit Their Number

    Devon McDonald
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Sonian's VP of Sales Jenn McAuliffe explains how her team is adopting Scrum for sales success — getting laser focused and hitting their numbers. via OpenView Labs ↬ Meet the Portfolio: How Sonian’s Sales Organization Uses Scrum to Hit Their Number
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  • NoPanels Early Bird Tickets 1 week only $100

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders! Get Early Bird Tickets now  JUST 1 WEEK ONLY $100  The focus of NoPanels is actual immediate feedback, advice & direct mentoring to you and other fellow entrepreneurs with Office Hours. Get perspectives from all sides of the ecosystem. NoPanels promotes & supports …
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    Openview Labs

  • ABR: Why You Should Always Be Recruiting for Your Sales Team (And How to Do It Right)

    Carlie Smith
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Smart sales leaders know recruiting for your sales team never stops being a priority. Learn how to build and maintain a steady pipeline of A players. via OpenView Labs ↬ ABR: Why You Should Always Be Recruiting for Your Sales Team (And How to Do It Right)
  • The 5 Must-Have Elements of a Modern B2B Website

    OpenView Guest
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Robert Mohns, Lead Strategist at iMarc, and Allison Boyajian, Marketing Coordinator at iMarc explain the most important components of successful B2B website design. via OpenView Labs ↬ The 5 Must-Have Elements of a Modern B2B Website
  • Behind HubSpot’s Sales Playbook

    OpenView Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Building out your sales enablement resources? Find out what goes into HubSpot's sales playbook, and the discover the keys behind their ongoing training and development for reps. via OpenView Labs ↬ Behind HubSpot’s Sales Playbook
  • Expert Tips on Boosting Free Trial Conversions

    Blake Harris
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    KISSmetrics co-founder Hiten Shah and Totango co-founder Guy Nirpaz share their tips for optimizing free trials that convert. via OpenView Labs ↬ Expert Tips on Boosting Free Trial Conversions
  • The Crucial Missing Step in Your Hiring Process

    Katelyn LaGarde
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In your rush to hire fast and grow your team, make sure skipping past this crucial step doesn't trip you up. via OpenView Labs ↬ The Crucial Missing Step in Your Hiring Process
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Report: Google's Megan Smith, an MIT alum, top candidate for U.S. chief technology officer

    David Harris
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Megan Smith, a veteran executive at Mountain View, Calif.-based Google and an MIT Media Lab graduate, is reportedly a top candidate for a job as U.S. chief technology officer, according to Bloomberg. Smith was most recently a vice president of GoogleX, the company's secret lab. She would be come the third person to fill the job as America's chief techie, Bloomberg reported. Before joining Google, Smith was chief executive officer of Planet Out, a site for gay and lesbian Internet users. Smith…
  • Boston-based nightclub mobile app Tablelist to launch in San Francisco

    Sara Castellanos
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Tablelist, a Boston-based mobile app that makes it easy for partygoers to book tables at nightclubs and lounges and then split the bill with friends if they choose to, will launch in San Francisco in September. The app will launch mid- to late-September, and Tablelist founder and CEO Julian Jung said the startup could begin offering its service in Los Angeles within six to eight months. San Francisco is the latest expansion for Tablelist, which currently allows users to book tables at nightclubs…
  • Guide to Boston's startup scene, brainchild of NextView founder Rob Go, to launch in September

    Sara Castellanos
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The Boston Tech Guide, a website aimed at curating content related to Boston's tech startup scene and the brainchild of venture capitalist Rob Go, is set to launch by the end of September. Content on the website will be focused on tech startup community in the Boston, Cambridge and Somerville areas and will include event listings, information for active local venture capitalists, guides to the various innovation hubs in Greater Boston, information about accelerator programs and incubators, and…
  • Broad Institute, Harvard scientists release promising research on Ebola epidemic

    Jessica Bartlett
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Researchers from the Cambridge-based Broad Institute and Harvard University have released research done on 99 Ebola virus genomes, identifying mutations relevant for diagnostics and treatment and finding clues that the West African Ebola virus started from a single introduction into humans. The results, released online in the journal Science, details the sequencing of 99 Ebola virus strains collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leone during the first 24 days of the initial…
  • Manet Community Health Center appoints former Norwood Hospital president as its new CEO

    Jessica Bartlett
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Manet Community Health Center has named John J. Holiver as the new Chief Executive Officer, four months after previous CEO Henry Tuttle announced his resignation. Holiver, the previous president of Steward Health Care's Norwood Hospital, will be the fifth CEO in Manet’s 35-year history, taking over the community health center network that now has locations in Quincy, Hull and Taunton. 
“The Manet Board could not be more excited or encouraged to see John assume the reins, given his extraordinary…
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  • Funding Daily: Waste bin sensors are a thing?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Today, a bunch of athletes gave money to a ticket search engine, and some other folks invested in "waste bin sensors," whatever that is...
  • Google stops showing authors in search results of news articles

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Google has decided to stop showing authorship references within search results -- much to the dismay of journalists and writers that constantly need to feed their egos.
  • Don’t act surprised. Google has a drone delivery program

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Amazon is building drones to deliver things consumers buy, and Facebook is building drones so more people can get Internet access. And, naturally, Google has been tinkering with drones, too. At first, the idea of 2-year-old Project Wing, as the Google X research project is dubbed, was to use the unmanned aerial vehicles to send […]
  • Netflix reportedly paying $44M for exclusive rights to NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Streaming video service Netflix has never been shy about spending money to acquire fresh TV content, but its latest licensing deal might be one of the company’s most expensive to date. The company has picked up exclusive rights to hit NBC TV series The Blacklist, a crime drama staring James Spader as former government agent Raymond […]
  • Pitch for Hubdin

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Company / App Name: Hubdin Twitter – @Hubdin What does it do? Hubdin is the first and only real estate app where home seekers like you can find the right neighborhood and city to live in based on your desired location, lifestyle and social connections. Why do we need it? Discover what important locations […]
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