Tag: VC

TakeLessons Raises Another $4 Million and Launches Local Tutoring

TakeLessons Raises Another $4 Million and Launches Local Tutoring

| February 1, 2013 | Reply

Today, we announced a round of funding to further our advancement into music and to launch our second vertical – tutoring – starting with San Diego tutors and Austin tutors. I’ve been asked why we chose tutoring. We see it as a complimentary market to music. Fragmented, yet large market Tutors would rather do what […]

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Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

| November 15, 2012 | 2 Replies

Recently, I got to attend the Crosslink Investor Meeting where partners of the firm spoke on what their seeing in the marketplace. A couple key takeaways for me was that technology and the internet is still very early. Lots of room for growth and expansion as software eats the world. Second, some of the largest […]

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Is Your VC Acting Irrational?

Is Your VC Acting Irrational?

| August 27, 2012 | Reply

The takeaway is that while your company is the absolutely most important thing in YOUR life, the reality is that you might not be that important to the people you’ve decided to jump in bed with.

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A VC Gets On Board with Profits, Not Revenues

A VC Gets On Board with Profits, Not Revenues

| February 10, 2009 | Reply

I found this story from Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures. I've always found his posts to be thoughtful and useful: "I think that's an important part of the economics of the web that are left out of most discussions of Internet business models. Yes, we are turning analog dollars into digital pennies in many cases. […]

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Start-Up Venture Funding 2009

Start-Up Venture Funding 2009

| October 13, 2008 | Reply

From Techcrunch: It looks like its going to be a tough 2009 for start-ups looking for an A or B round. Only 55 funds have raised capital, compared to 78 funds from a year ago. This will trickle down and offer less availability for younger companies looking to get their ideas of the ground. See […]

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Fundraising: Plan B

Fundraising: Plan B

| October 12, 2008 | Reply

Guy Kawasaki has an excellent post on Plan B: Another way to grow your company. Over the past few years, I've seen so many companies with stars in their eyes. I know what it looks like – I've been there myself. Somehow, the idea of a big round of venture funding solidfies their existence and […]

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Venture Hacks — Thoughts on Adam Smith’s Letter to Graduating Y Combinator Companies

Venture Hacks — Thoughts on Adam Smith’s Letter to Graduating Y Combinator Companies

| August 10, 2007 | Reply

Venture Hacks has great commentary on Adam Smith’s letter to Y Combinator companies. Y Combinator is a mini-incubator that focuses on getting very early-stage companies access to seed money, technical and business advice, and other things that help raise the probability of getting to market. One particularly enlightening part of the post included the discussion […]

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