Ask A VC

  • Tony Conrad on True Ventures Investment Method

    Ask a VC: "Investing in Music Is a Little Like Vietnam" (TCTV)

    Ask a VC was on hiatus for a few weeks, but your Friday investor-talk fix is back. Our guest this week is Tony Conrad, partner at True Ventures and founder of About.Me, which recently sold to AOL along with TechCrunch. There was a pent-up flood of questions this week, and Conrad addressed many of them. In case you want to skip around here they are in order: -Why does True Ventures invest in… Read More

  • Ask a VC is Back with Tony Conrad

    Ask a VC is Back with Tony Conrad

    We’ve had a few weeks off for Ask a VC, but we’re back this week with Tony Conrad of True Ventures. Conrad is an interesting guy, because he’s a mix  between an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, going back and forth between investing in companies, starting them and then selling them to AOL. His latest win was About.Me, which AOL bought for an undisclosed amount just… Read More

  • John O'Farrell's Tips for Would-Be VCs

    Ask a VC: John O’Farrell Gives Tips on Deal Making, Advice to Would-Be VCs (TCTV)

    This week’s Ask a VC has a different twist, since we had a different kind of VC on the show, John O’Farrell Andressen Horowitz’s guru on business development and deal-making. The questions you asked O’Farrell are below. As usual, feel free to watch the whole show or use the links to skip ahead to your question. “Have you ever invested in a single employee startup? Read More

  • Ask a VC: Andreessen Horowitz’s John O’Farrell Answers your Questions

    Ask a VC: Andreessen Horowitz’s John O’Farrell Answers your Questions

    This week our guest on Ask a VC is John O’Farrell of Andreessen Horowitz. O’Farrell is yet another Opsware alum filling out the firm’s partnership ranks, and he follows the firm’s strategy of hiring partners with specific company building expertise. At Opsware, he headed up the company’s business development and leading Opsware’s partnerships, acquisitions… Read More

  • Ask a VC: The George Zachary Edition

    Ask a VC: The George Zachary Edition

    With the Crunchies later tonight, TechCrunchHQ is a bit of a mad house today. Paul Carr and I are MC’ing, so we’ve got interns sorting M&Ms by color, per our rider, while we try to figure out the line between “Oh that’s a funny joke” and “you’re fired.” Laura is polishing Monkey statues. Heather is counting and recounting and counting… Read More

  • Satish Dharmaraj on Businesses in Asia and Local Search's Future

    Ask a VC: Satish Dharmaraj on India, the Beauty of Fragmentation and Farmers Markets (TCTV)

    I have a dilemma with Ask a VC. Generally, I’m trying to do shows that are under 10 minutes, so they’re more consumable. But in the case of Ask a VC, I want to get to as many reader questions as possible and would rather not cut someone off when they are giving you business advice. So starting this week we’re going to post the whole show as usual below, and give you links to… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Welcome Back to the Hot Seat, Satish Dharmaraj

    Ask a VC: Welcome Back to the Hot Seat, Satish Dharmaraj

    We had a last minute cancellation on Ask a VC this week, so filling in is Satish Dharmaraj who was our second ever guest on the show. For those who don’t remember, Dharmaraj is a relatively new partner at Redpoint Venture Partners, after selling Zimbra to Yahoo for $350 million and Onebox, which he sold for $850 million. Not bad. Dharmaraj focuses on a lot of Redpoint’s consumer… Read More

  • Jason Green on Why SaaS Is More Than a New Business Model

    Ask a VC: Why SaaS Is More than a New Business Model, Plus Salesforce v. Yammer v. Jive (TCTV)

    Who cares about enterprise software? Apparently you do. Even though I posted this solicitation for Ask a VC questions late on a Thursday, I woke up this morning to one of the better inboxes of questions since the show began. Our guest in your virtual hot seat was Jason Green of Emergence Capital. Like a lot of things in tech, Green is a believer that the hype in software-as-a-service may… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Questions about the New Enterprise Boom? Ask Jason Green

    Ask a VC: Questions about the New Enterprise Boom? Ask Jason Green

    After a Holiday hiatus, Ask a VC is back and we’re kicking off the new year with Jason Green of Emergence Capital. Emergence was started to fund the software-as-a-service craze of the early 2000s. That wave has had mixed results, but Emergence had several of the big hits including and SuccessFactors. Green himself was also an investor in hits like DoubleClick, aQuantive… Read More

  • Habib Kairouz on Using a Startup Incubator Vs. Bootstrapping

    Ask a VC: Kairouz on Canada, Splurging on Wine and the Surging NYC Scene (TCTV)

    Habib Kairouz of Rho Ventures was my guest on Ask a VC this week, and as I mentioned earlier this week, he’s had a range of Web exits in the last ten years. He’s also seen tremendous changes in his home tech market of New York. It’s gone from silly Silicon Alley days to tumbleweeds and now to a thriving hub that’s stolen Boston’s East Coast venture thunder, at… Read More