Ask A VC

  • Ask a VC: Live from New York It’s Habib Kairouz

    Ask a VC: Live from New York It’s Habib Kairouz

    Valleyites may not have heard of this week’s guest, Habib Kairouz of Rho Ventures, but his LPs are quite familiar with his work. He lead the round in iVillage back in 1997, taking the company public in 1999, before it sold to NBC in 2007 for $600 million. In 2001, he led the investment in Intralinks, which went public in 2010 and has a market cap of more than $1 billion. In 2006, he invested… Read More

  • Dana Stalder on Google's Failure to Buy Groupon

    Ask a VC: "We Probably Would Have Been the Last Guys to Do a Round in Twitter" (TCTV)

    My guest on Ask a VC this week was Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners, a newbie in the venture world, but a seasoned manager and entrepreneur in Valley Internet circles. Stalder answered a range of reader questions including basic advice for pitching Matrix and how Google failing to acquire Groupon impacted the social commerce space. (Matrix is an investor in the number three player BuyWithMe and… Read More

  • Ask a VC: What Questions Can Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners Answer?

    Ask a VC: What Questions Can Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners Answer?

    We have a new VC in the hot seat this week, Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners. Stalder is a relatively new VC, but he has deep Valley pedigree. He joined a young, pre-revenue Netscape in 1994, staying on through the AOL merger, and leaving in 1998 to help found Respond.com, before jumping to eBay in 2001. Among other things, he ran eBay’s search engine marketing and customer acquisition… Read More

  • Jeremy Liew on Suits, Marijuana, and His Most Underrated Investment

    Ask a VC: Jeremy Liew on Suits, Marijuana, and his most Underrated Investment (TCTV)

    I'm hearing rumors that Ask a VC is getting big in pockets of Harvard Business School, which explains an increasingly sophisticated caliber of email questions over the last few weeks. Appropriately, we had the only suited VC in Silicon Valley on this week to answer them. (Ok, not in that picture. That was taken before his "MadMen" phase.) Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Capital joined me this… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Lightspeed's Jeremy Liew Awaits Your Questions

    Ask a VC: Lightspeed's Jeremy Liew Awaits Your Questions

    Jeremy Liew is my guest on Ask a VC this week. He’s a guy with plenty of Web battle scars. He was an early employee of CitySearch back in the mid-1990s, a senior executive at InterActive Corp. and a senior executive at AOL. (You know, before AOL was cool again.) He’s been at Lightspeed Venture Partners since 2006 and his investments include Playdom, Kongregate, LivingSocial, RockYou! Read More

  • Why David Hornik Invests Close to Home

    Ask a VC: Why David Hornik Invests Close to Home and the Dumbest Deal in the Valley (TCTV)

    Ten years ago, most VCs refused to invest outside of Silicon Valley. Now, most of them have funds in Israel, Europe, India or China-- and lately many of those Chinese funds are outperforming the US counterparts. But August Capital is still sticking with the kind of local venture capital that built this industry, and David Hornik explains why in this week's episode of Ask a VC. But, Portland? Yeah… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Why We're Thankful for David Hornik

    Ask a VC: Why We're Thankful for David Hornik

    David Hornik of August Capital has bailed me out in a short week by hopping into the Ask a VC chair that I neglected to book in advance. The timing wasn’t planned, but it’s appropriate. The first time I ever interviewed Hornik, I was still at BusinessWeek and when I asked him to send a headshot he emailed one over where he was dressed like some sort of pilgrim. It was clear back then… Read More

  • Nic Brisbourne Defends London's Entrepreneurial Honor

    Ask a VC: Nic Brisbourne Defends London's Entrepreneurial Honor

    Oh, Nic Brisbourne. Unlike most VCs who come on Ask a VC who are used to my rude, outspoken American ways, Brisbourne is British and therefore incredibly polite. As this interview goes on he gets more visibly uncomfortable until the end when he brings up Spotify, and I just go a little pit-bull on him. But social graces aside, we have a fascinating chat about the investing scene in London and… Read More

  • Ask a VC: London Comes to Us this Week

    Ask a VC: London Comes to Us this Week

    Nic Brisbourne of DFJ Esprit is in town this week — along with seemingly every successful Brit– so we asked him to be our first in-studio guest ever on Ask a VC. Brisbourne is well positioned to answer any questions about the funding scene in Europe, which last I checked was one of the only markets in the world where investing activity was actually declining this year. Are things… Read More

  • How Kiteboarding and Venture Capital Became Less Risky

    Ask a VC: How Kiteboarding and Venture Capital Became Less Risky (TCTV)

    My guest on Ask A VC this week is Bill Tai of Charles River Ventures. He's also a professional kiteboarder. You may ask: Why would a guy who has been a VC since 1991 need kiteboarding sponsors? That was my first question. Generally in this video we talk about how the venture business has changed during the last 20 years and how kiteboarding has changed over the last 10 years. There are a lot of… Read More