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  • Discussion: Good Problem to Have, But...
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
  • Discussion: Should I Give My Trial CEO 10% for Raising First $250k Seed at Less Than $1 Mm Valuation?
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
  • Being Adult In A Relationship

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    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…
  • Kepha Partners: Great Experience Know What Kepha Is/N't
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    | Fund Rated 3.2 | 115 Chars in PrivateGot to a "yes" with Jo and Eric @ Kepha - and ended up going with them. Fairly solid terms, not too painful of a process (e.g., pitching, diligence). Jo and Eric are quite different from each other but bring distinct insight and value to an early stage company. Jo asks great (and tough) questions and Eric's experience as an operator (enterprise software) has been valuable. They run a lean/small shop, carrying a relatively large portfolio, so, there are not a lot of spare cycles for roll your sleeves up-type help. For us, this was not a deal breaker. Net:…
  • Discussion: Should I Tell 1st Time CEO to Cancel a Signed Term Sheet?
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
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  • If Apple Makes A Move Into Mobile Payments, It Could Not Come At A Better Time

    Ingrid Lunden
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
     Apple, the reports say, will add NFC technology to the iPhone 6, and it will debut a mobile wallet-style service that could include integrations with American Express, Visa and MasterCard and possibly PayPal to enable physical, in-store payments using the smartphone. Read More
  • Twitter’s Timeline Could Get (More) Algorithmic

    Matthew Panzarino
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
     Twitter has changed significantly over the past 8 years. With every new product manager and leadership cadre there have been attempts to make it more accessible to new users and more sticky for existing ones. But the biggest changes may yet be ahead as Twitter considers altering the core of its product: the timeline. If you’ve been watching the company for a while — or have been… Read More
  • Vandrico Wants To Become The Wearables Platform For The Workplace

    Frederic Lardinois
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
     If you know about Vandrico, it’s probably because of the company’s cool wearables database we featured earlier this year. That was just a byproduct of Vandrico’s research, however. What the company is really about is bringing wearables into the workplace. Read More
  • What Students Really Carry Back To School

    John Biggs
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
     Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in upheaval, you hunt for answers, sometimes in the pages of periodicals that offer wine aerators and coffee subscriptions as potential sources of… Read More
  • Are All Accelerators Decelerators?

    Ashwin Ramasamy
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
     Hari, a smart and very savvy early-stage entrepreneur, emailed me to ask if it was worth joining a well-known accelerator. I texted an emphatic “No!” We then spoke to each other for over 30 minutes and I don’t recall having made such an impassioned argument. I almost felt like it was my duty to save an entrepreneur. Read More
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  • Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

    Mark Suster
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. WTF? There are bootcamps, startup classes, video interviews – the sources are now endless. What is a founder to do? There are some smart if not somewhat cerebral bloggers I read who say that you shouldn’t take any startup advice at all because it’s too generalized to be useful to your situation. While I have some sympathy with their intent I must point out that their…
  • 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…
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  • Microsoft will not comply with order to give up emails

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Judge lifts suspension of search warrant for user e-mails, but Microsoft will appeal the rulingMicrosoft was one of the many tech companies implicated by Edward Snowden last year in Prism program, in which it was accused of allowing the U.S. government, to essentially, take whatever data it wanted on any of its users. Now, like many others who were implicated, the company is fighting hard to reverse that image through both more transparency and public displays of defiance against government snooping. Microsoft is currently in a big fight with the United States government to keep their hands…
  • Twitter overhauls sign-in process to attract new users

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Twitter looks to reverse user growth problems it has seen in recent quartersUser numbers have been a sore spot for Twitter since it went public in November of last year. The company has seen its stock repeatedly slammed for slowing growth. CEO Dick Costolo has tried to paint it as something temporary, and has pledged to make the reversal of the trend one of the company's top priorities. So where to begin? The sign up page seems like a good place. Twitter has just updated the sign-up process on its homepage for the first time in three years, according to a…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 8/29/14

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Snapdeal, DreamsCloud, The Honest Company, Dynamic Signal, DraftKings, Brandnew, Bizible, WakieSeed stage Brandnew, a startup that connects brands with Instagram and Pinterest influencers to deliver native ads, raised $845,000 from a network of investors including Berlin Ventures, PubliGroupe and Lukas Kirche. The company also received a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin. Wakie, a wake-up call app, raised $1 million in funding from LETA Capital and Titanium Venture Capital. Rockbot, a virtual jukebox solution for businesses, raised an undisclosed amount of funding…
  • Angry Bird creator Rovio names new CEO

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Pekka Rantala will take over in 2015, while Mikael Hed will stay on as head of Animation StudiosIt's been a while since I've heard anyone really talk about Angry Birds, or its studio Rovio. It seems like the game's moment, which could only be called a phenomenon, has now seemingly passed. There's always a big question when a studio with a big, giant hit sees it begin to receed into history: what will it do to maintain that momentum? For Rovio it means a changing of the guard. The gaming studio announced on Friday not only that its long-time CEO Mikael Hed will be stepping down,…
  • JustFab raises $85M, becomes latest $1B company

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    With that kind of valuation, JustFab has now become a leading IPO candidate(Updated with confirmation and comment from JustFab) Though it is beginning to branch out, the tech scene in Los Angeles is known for just a few things right now: gaming and other forms of entertainment, and subscription commerce. Now one of the companies in the latter category is about too break out in a big way, possibly with an IPO in its future.  Subscription E-commerce company JustFab has just raised a new round of funding, totaling $85 million, it has been confirmed to VatorNews. The round was…
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  • Wizeline, with a fresh $6.7M, wants to create a ‘corporate brain’ to boost product dev

    Barry Levine
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Above: Wizeline's priority list of proposed featuresImage Credit: WizelineSixty percent of R&D budgets are wasted on features that are never used. That’s the inefficiency startup Wizeline — which grabbed $6.7 million last week — intends to disrupt with data. The Series A funding, representing the total amount the company has received thus far, was raised from Lowercase Capital, Bowery Capital, Sierra Ventures, and A Capital, and will be used to scale sales and marketing for its product development intelligence platform. “We’re trying to build the corporate…
  • How cloud gaming is leading us to the Holodeck

    Jules Urback, OTOY
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    SPONSORED POSTThis sponsored post is produced by OTOY. The kind of holographic experience that Gene Roddenberry imagined in Star Trek: The Next Generation may soon go beyond sci-fi fantasy. The seeds for it are already being sewn in today’s cloud gaming industry, and in particular, by cloud graphics company OTOY. The Holodeck, as it’s called in Star Trek, professes the construction of interactive virtual worlds made up of freestanding holograms for an experience that’s so life-like that it’s hard to tell the difference from the real world. That may sound far-fetched, but the…
  • This ‘summer camp for startups’ in Michigan graduates its second class (exclusive)

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Image Credit: Coolhouse Labs/Facebook This time last year, Michigan-based accelerator Coolhouse Labs was graduating its five first startups after a summer of experiments and lessons. Now after living and working together in what can be best described as “summer camp for startups,” a second, slightly larger group of budding entrepreneurs presented to a room of investors in Harbor Springs, Mich. this Thursday. We first met Coolhouse Labs back in March as the accelerator was gearing up for its second batch of tech startups. The brainchild of twenty-something year old Jordan…
  • DevOps is real, but you can’t get it just by buying a tool

    Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    GUEST POSTAbove: Where do I plug in the DevOps?Image Credit: photo credit: BobMical via photopin ccWe spend a lot of time and energy at Puppet Labs working to understand the impact and growth of DevOps among technology organizations across all industries and countries. We share our learnings with the rest of the tech industry in blog posts, articles, and of course the annual DevOps survey. Our 2014 State of DevOps Report (.pdf) definitively shows that DevOps has a real impact on not just IT performance, but the performance of entire organizations. In fact, done right, IT can be a strategic…
  • Hands-on with Lumo Lift, a wearable for better posture

    Gregory Ferenstein
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Image Credit: Lumo BodyBetter posture can make in important difference for both the body and mind. Researchers and doctors find that a more upright posture not only makes us more confident at our jobs but also helps alleviate the nasty joint pain associated with desk work. Now a new wearable aims to urge users into the habit of great posture: the Lumo Lift. When this peanut shell-sized magnet, which clips onto a shirt near the collarbone, senses slouched shoulders, it sends a (frustrating) buzz until you’re standing tall. It also measures your good posture throughout the day…
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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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  • Twitch Buy Highlights Amazon’s $20B Bet on Technology & Content

    Curt Woodward
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Curt Woodward Forget all the corporate intrigue about how Amazon outfoxed Google in its head-turning $970 million acquisition of video-game broadcasting site Twitch. If you want to be truly impressed by the Seattle retailer’s ever-increasing ambitions, just take a look at how much it’s sunk into digital infrastructure and media projects over the past few years. Amazon has dramatically ramped up its spending on a category it calls “Technology and Content” in that time, from a mere $680 million in 2009 to more than $6.5 billion last year. Add the more than $4.2 billion spent in the…
  • Update: Ingress, LevelEleven, Rubicon, ArdentCause, Time Magazine

    Sarah Schmid
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Sarah Schmid We glide into the long weekend with a report from an Ingress event held in Detroit on Aug. 23, an update on three expanding local tech startups, and brief, gloating commentary on the new story about Detroit in Time magazine. Have a lovely holiday! —The Ingress XM wagon (pictured) stopped in Detroit last weekend for the first-ever Anomaly held in the Motor City, part of a series of events happening across the world under the #Helios tag. I attended the Anomaly’s cross-faction afterparty at St. Andrew’s Hall in downtown Detroit. Hundreds of people of all ages, colors, and…
  • East Coast Biotech Roundup: Biogen, Civitas, Rhythm, Alkermes, & More

    Alex Lash
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Alex Lash To get ready for the annual post-Labor Day market revival, three Boston-area biotechs have put their IPO plans on the front burner. Syndax Pharmaceuticals has come back to the table after postponing its plans earlier this year, while Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and Civitas have declared their intentions for the first time. In pipeline news, Alkermes has filed its FDA application for approval of a schizophrenia drug, and Merck and Pfizer are combining drugs in a Phase 1 cancer trial. Let’s get to the roundup. —Civitas Therapeutics, a Chelsea, MA-based developer of inhalable…
  • From Atari to VC’s Future, Highlights From Madison’s Forward Festival

    Jeff Engel
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Jeff Engel [Corrected 8/30/14, 1:51 p.m. See below.] It’s a “dangerous time” for the VC world because the majority of the industry’s money is concentrated in a relatively small number of firms, primarily in Silicon Valley. And that makes it tougher for startups in the Midwest to grow. That warning came from Chris Olsen, co-founder of Columbus, OH-based Drive Capital, during a panel discussion among Midwest venture capitalists at the fifth annual Forward Festival in Madison, WI. The eight-day festival is the city’s answer to more high-profile conferences celebrating creativity and…
  • Seattle Roundup: Bizible, Fledge, CleanTech Alliance, & More

    Benjamin Romano
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Benjamin Romano On this end-of-summer week, we’re following fresh funding for Techstars Seattle company Bizible, seven startups selected for accelerator Fledge, a name change for the WCTA, a standout series on Amazon in Europe, and more: —Bizible, a Seattle startup helping companies better understand their marketing spending and its impact on sales, has raised an $8 million Series B funding round led by Scale Venture Partners. The company, which was part of the Techstars Seattle 2012 class, raised a $1.7 million Series A late that year from Madrona Venture Group, MHS Capital, and…
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  • IK refinances Solina and seals SFK Food deal

    Angela Sormani
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    Following its acquisition of a majority stake in food ingredients business Solina, IK Investment Partners has refinanced its debt and signed, in parallel, the acquisition of SFK Food. The business is a Danish provider of culinary and functional solutions for the food industry. PRESS RELEASE Three years after IK Investment Partners (“IK”) acquired a majority stake, Solina (or “the Company”) has refinanced its debt and signed, in parallel, the acquisition of SFK Food, the leading Danish provider of culinary and functional solutions for the food industry. The Solina…
  • Juno shows life science startups can be unicorns, too: VCJ

    Joanna Glasner
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Internet startups can become viral sensations overnight and attract huge sums of venture capital. Life science startups, on the other hand, take years just to launch trials, and there’s always a shortage of willing investors. That’s long been the mainstream views of funding patterns for the venture capital industry’s two largest investment areas. With new high-flying “unicorn” Internet companies soaring to billion-dollar-plus valuations every month, it may seem particularly true today. However, recent funding announcements offer proof that the unicorn club isn’t limited to tech…
  • Sweden’s Ratos prepares window maker for IPO – Reuters

    Reuters News
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Reuters – Swedish private equity firm Ratos said on Monday it was planning to list window and door maker Inwido, in which it owns 97 percent, on the Stockholm stock exchange before the end of the year. Sources told Reuters in March that Ratos had appointed Carnegie and Handelsbanken to advise it on a listing or sale of Inwido, which is its biggest holding and Europe’s largest window and door manufacturer. Ratos said it would give further information about terms, conditions and a timetable at a later date. Pressed by a weak market for windows and doors in the Nordic region in…
  • Blackstone and Blue Water Energy back North Sea oil co – Reuters

    Reuters News
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Reuters – Private equity firms Blackstone and Blue Water Energy said on Sunday they have teamed up to lead an investment of up to $500 million in Siccar Point Energy, a new North Sea-focused oil company. Singapore sovereign fund GIC is also contributing funding, a statement released on behalf of the buyout firms said. Siccar Point’s Chief Executive Jonathan Roger, the former managing director at Centrica unit Centrica Energy Upstream, said the timing is right for the company, as larger competitors are cutting back on spending and consolidating their global asset portfolios.
  • Norwegian Cruise nears $3 bln Prestige Cruises deal – Reuters

    Reuters News
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Reuters – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd NCHL.O, the world’s third largest cruise operator, is in advanced talks to acquire peer Prestige Cruises International Inc for around $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal would give Norwegian Cruise, a company with a market value of $6.8 billion, access to Prestige Cruises’ luxury cruise ships and affluent clientele as it competes with bigger rivals Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) and Carnival Corp (CCL.N). An agreement may be announced as early as this week, the sources said on Sunday, cautioning…
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  • Bitcoin slowly goes global as businesses like Overstock expand to international customers

    Biz Carson
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Overstock helped lead the charge of big businesses accepting bitcoin -- and now they're also among the first to bring bitcoin acceptance to a global scale. Bitcoin slowly goes global as businesses like Overstock expand to international customers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Let carriers use 700MHz for European wireless broadband from 2020, report recommends

    David Meyer
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    The move would let Europe catch up with the U.S. on using 700MHz spectrum for broadband rather than TV broadcasts and wireless microphones. Let carriers use 700MHz for European wireless broadband from 2020, report recommends originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Meet the slimiest thing on the internet of things: SK Telecom’s connected eel farm

    Kevin Fitchard
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    You may have a hub for smart home, but an aquaculture farm in South Korea now has a smart hub for its eel tanks. There, sensors, servers and smartphones monitor the health of thousands of eels. Meet the slimiest thing on the internet of things: SK Telecom’s connected eel farm originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Google stops showing latest versions of Search to users of older browsers, reports say

    David Meyer
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Google is reportedly blocking certain older browsers from seeing the latest version of its search engine. A weekend complaint on Google’s product forums from someone using Opera 12 (the current version is 23) and seeing an older version of Google Search, elicited a response from a […] Google stops showing latest versions of Search to users of older browsers, reports say originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Apple said to be working with MasterCard and Visa for mobile wallet

    Stacey Higginbotham
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Apple is reportedly in talks with Mastercard, Visa and American Express to use NFC as the foundation for a mobile payments platform. Are we finally close to settling on a mobile payments standard? Apple said to be working with MasterCard and Visa for mobile wallet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
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  • 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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  • 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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    deal architect

  • Grand Challenges

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I love interviewing senior corporate executives for my books. The conversations are always about large problems they are trying to solve. So, for this book, an executive talked to me about how they define Big Data. 15 gb of data...
  • 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...
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    Babbling VC

  • Badmouthing and Bashing

    Paul Jozefak
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    It's been an interesting year so far. I think we all concur that there is a lot of hype at the moment in our startup world. I presume there is more to come as I don't see any kind of downturn in the next 12 months or so. Nevertheless, one thing has been really annoying me recently. The amount of badmouthing and bashing I hear is excessive.  It all came to a head for me with the Samwer "Reportage" a couple days ago. (Sorry, only in German). Long story short, this is a piece of horrible reporting trying to bash the Samwers and do nothing but make them look bad. Sure, think what you will of…
  • 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…
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    Venture Chronicles

  • 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 Mobile Payments, Not A Bigger Screen, Will Be The Defining Feature Of The iPhone 6 (AAPL)

    Dave Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Mobile payments is an idea that sounds much better than it is in practice. At least for right now. The despite the efforts of PayPal, Square, and even Google Wallet, few people have actually replaced their wallets with their smartphones, which was the original idea behind mobile payments: Since most financial transactions are electronic these days (sorry cash), we should be able to make our wallets and our phones into one single product. Apple’s alleged mobile payments system, which was actually patented years ago as the “iWallet,” describes how users could control their financial…
  • CHART: This Is How People Use Mobile Payments

    Dave Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Apple is expected to introduce a new mobile payment service on Sept. 9, which is expected to be a standout feature in the new iPhone 6. But based on Nielsen data from July, which was charted for us by Statista, most people are using mobile payments by presenting a barcode or QR code on their smartphone, which is popular among ticketing agencies for transportation and sporting events. While iPhones (and almost all other smartphones) are capable of presenting visible barcodes or QR codes, reports say Apple’s new mobile payments solution will leverage the company’s Touch ID security…
  • Why Apple Should Delay The iWatch To 2015 — Summed Up In One Word (AAPL)

    Dave Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    According to Re/code, Apple’s first wearable device will be shown off at the company’s Sept. 9 event, but it won’t be available to purchase until 2015. There’s one very good reason for that, and it can be summed up in one word: Apps.  When the iPhone first launched, many were skeptical of its high-end starting price of $500, particularly for an untested product with a measly 4 GB of storage space. Many are similarly skeptical of the iWatch's alleged $400 price tag. That phone was a success anyway, but iPhone sales didn't really take off — or become the iPhone experience we’re…
  • 'Shark Tank' Investor Reveals Mark Cuban's Strategy On The Show And The Real Drama Behind The Scenes

    Kamelia Angelova
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
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  • This Is The Best Evidence We’ve Seen For The Gigantic 5.5 Inch iPhone 6

    Dave Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Those hoping for a phablet-sized iPhone from Apple look to be in luck. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (said to debut with a 4.7-inch model) was reportedly facing production issues, which might have forced Apple to release the handset at a later date. But the French publication Nowwhereelse (via BGR) just leaked a ton of new images (and even a video) of the rear shell of rumored device, suggesting mass production might be right around the corner. As you can see from the images, which align with previous rumors and component leaks we’ve seen in the past, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 features the same new…
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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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  • Labor Day: Right to an API Key (Algorithmic Organizing)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Today is Labor Day which is meant to celebrate the workers movement (as an aside, in Germany and much of the rest of the world this is held on May 1). That might be a good time to think about what organizing labor might mean in the future. One of the major economic trends we are currently seeing is the breakdown of traditional employment and the rise of labor marketplaces for free lancers, such as Uber, Task Rabbit and WorkMarket (to name just a few). The valuations for at least some of these companies suggest that investors expect them to be very profitable in the longrun. During the growth…
  • 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…
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    VC Deal Lawyer

  • 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

  • Meet Our Newest Talent Specialist: Rose O’Connell

    Rose O'Connell
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Learn more about OpenView's newest Talent Specialist Rose O'Connell, what brought her to OpenView, and her passion for recruitment. via OpenView Labs ↬ Meet Our Newest Talent Specialist: Rose O’Connell
  • 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
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  • How to conduct a CRM Analysis: Alternatives and Tools

    Tien Anh Nguyen
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Tools and alternative methods to let you analyze your CRM data In the last three articles, I have described an approach to planning and structuring CRM data analysis. I emphasized, for good reason, the steps of setting up the analysis and preparing the input data, which are essential to a successful CRM data analysis project.… via OpenView Labs ↬ How to conduct a CRM Analysis: Alternatives and Tools
  • Quick Guide to the Austin Startup Scene

    Rebecca Churt
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Find out everything you need to know to take full advantage of Austin's thriving startup scene. via OpenView Labs ↬ Quick Guide to the Austin Startup Scene
  • 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
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  • Zuckerberg dines at Boston's Deuxave restaurant over Labor Day weekend

    Sara Castellanos
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg dined at Boston's Deuxave restaurant over Labor Day weekend, along with his wife and friends. Christopher Coombs, owner and executive chef at the contemporary French and American-style restaurant, said in a Facebook post: "At Deuxave we have been blessed to provide nourishment for many wonderful people over the years. Last night (after service) we cooked a feast for Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It was a great night." Coombs said Zuckerberg enjoyed the dining…
  • Gordon College puts student volunteer program 'on hold' after Lynn school vote

    Mary Moore
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Gordon College has put a student volunteer program on hold after the Lynn school committee severed ties with the Wenham college due to concerns that the college discriminates in its hiring practices. The program at issue is called Gordon in Lynn, through which Gordon College places college-age students in Lynn's elementary and middle schools as well as in community organizations. The students provided a range of volunteer services — including formal student-teaching help involving upper-class…
  • Lawyers with regulatory and data security skills are in high demand

    Mary Moore
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Times may be tough for the legal profession as a whole, but lawyers who specialize in certain areas are in high demand – and competition to hire them is strong. That’s among the findings of a report released this week by Robert Half Legal, which examined trends in the legal industry based on interviews with lawyers at the largest law firms in North America. The report includes interviews with hundreds of lawyers and law firms, corporate counsel and e-discovery experts. The legal specialists…
  • Local dealmakers say it's a busy time for M&A among private companies

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    The frenzy of deal-making seen among big public companies is also trickling down to the smaller private companies: Entrepreneurial dealmakers are drumming up business, driven by the low cost of debt, attractive valuation multiples and a sense of urgency that opportunities may not be as sweet two years down the road. “There’s quite a bit of activity at the middle market, privately held companies,” said David Barbash, managing partner at Posternak Blankstein & Lund, a law firm that specializes…
  • Restaurateur alleges mall owner is double-dipping when collecting real estate taxes

    Eric Convey
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    The owner of a Burger King in the Solomon Pond Mall sued Simon Property Group in federal court Thursday, accusing the giant owner and operator of malls of double-dipping when collecting real estate taxes from tenants. Store #4 Inc. claims in its suit that several years ago, Simon changed the formula it uses to collect taxes from the owners of tenants other than major anchor stores. Under the old formula, the suit states, Simon split the total real estate tax bill for the mall up proportionally…
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