Seeking a way to reduce friction while exchanging contact information, David Lieb and his two co-founders launched Bump – a service that allows users to trade personal data (and an array of items spanning calendar events to music samples) by simply tapping their smartphones together.
In part II of his Founder Stories interview, Lieb notes there is bigger picture at play than just swapping… → Read More
In his first Founder Stories interview with host Chris Dixon, Bump co-founder and CEO, David Lieb relates how he conceived the idea for Bump one week into business school at the University of Chicago. He met co-founder, Jake Mintz at the same time and along with their third co-founder, Andy Huibers began building on “nights and weekends” during ”the fall of 2008.” By spring of 2009 Bump… → Read More
In episode II of his Founder Stories interview with host, Chris Dixon, Kiva Systems founder, Mick Mountz discusses traversing the country in search of capital shortly after launching his company almost a decade ago.
With plans to disrupt the picking, packing and shipping industry, Moutz went shopping for investors on Sand Hill Road and found none. He says “they were retrenching at the time… → Read More
After electronically ordering a shredder for your files following a pivot and a case of bottled water to wash away lessons learned, you may have set in motion one of Mick Mountz’s Roomba like robots to fetch the items for you in a warehouse that uses his Kiva Systems technology. The interconnected hardware and software package is designed to streamline the process of picking, packing and… → Read More
In part II of Chris Dixon’s Founder Stories interview with Livestream co-founder Max Haot, Hoat offers his analysis of what he encountered while attempting to secure funding between roughly 2007 and early 2008. At the time, Haot feels VC’s were hovering over technology that allowed people to digitally record events and watch the action on their own time.
However, as presidential candidates… → Read More
Livestream co-founder Max Haot says 30-million monthly unique viewers depend on Livestream for coverage of events ranging from Occupy Wall Street to f8. This year Livestream expects to more than double its 2010 revenue to $12.5-million and is rolling out enhancements that include a rewind in real-time option along with social media features.
It’s a far cry from five years ago when… → Read More
By any measure Drew Houston and his Dropbox team are having a hugely successful run. In Houston’s final Founder Stories episode with TechCrunch editor, Erick Schonfeld, Houston says he plans to maintain this momentum by focusing on mobile, and just about everything else.
Houston says Dropbox has secured a new agreement with HTC, where it “is going to be baked into tens-of-millions of… → Read More
Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston has one of the hottest startups in the game. With $257.2 million in funding and a $4-billion valuation it’s poised to triple an already impressive user base of 45-millon. So when did Houston know he was sitting on something pretty? Erick Schonfeld finds out in episode III of Drew Houston’s Founder Stories interview. → Read More
Dropbox co-founder, Drew Houston recently sat down with TechCrunch Editor, Erick Schonfeld to discuss the origins of Dropbox – a service that allows users to upload and access their files from virtually any device, anywhere. With $250-million in funding and 45-million users, Dropbox is shaking up the world of digital storage.
The roots of Dropbox were planted when Houston was a student at… → Read More
When startups are choosing investors for their seed round, it is important to pick ones who will stick around for the long run. Otherwise, they may run into what Founder Collective co-founder Chris Dixon calls “signaling risk.” The risk of getting a high-profile investor in your seed round is that they might not follow on in later rounds, and that sends a signal to other investors that there… → Read More
In part II of Chris Dixon’s interview with Baseline Ventures founder, Steve Anderson, Anderson discusses two of his more successful investments: Heroku and Weebly. Weebly is a startup he led an investment in back in 2007 that helps consumers make websites. Most recently, Weebly launched a professional service to help designers create pages for clients.
Weebly may not be a household… → Read More
Steve Anderson’s Baseline Ventures has a portfolio that includes Instagram, Heroku, and Weebly. (Earlier this month, Baseline was part of a $1-million seed round in Crashlytics). It took him only four weeks to raise $100 million for his curernt fund. In this episode of Founder Stories with host Chris Dixon, Anderson discusses investing in Instagram and what led him to become Baseline’s… → Read More
Roughly “92% of commerce is still offline and actually Amazon only has 6% of the online.” Dixon believes the first online wave of commerce revolved around hard goods (tickets, books and dvd players) and we are potentially entering a second wave where soft goods… → Read More
Beauchamp believes they do. Barna meanwhile points out “there are a lot of different flavors” of subscription. In comparison to Diapers.com, Barna says Diapers solves “convenience” and “replenishment”… → Read More
The idea for Bichbox sprung from real-life experience. Barna’s friend was a beauty editor and asked Barna to test top products that she had curated for her. Wanting to recreate the experience for others, Barna says they launched “a subscription model” and “put some… → Read More
Heiferman responds by saying that having passion for your project is key and adds “avoid thinking you have to do it all.” For example he mentions launching Meetup with a finance co-founder. He tells Dixon, “it’s been the greatest thing in the… → Read More
Episode I of Chris Dixon’s Founder Stories interview with Scott Heiferman‘s concluded with Heiferman giving Dixon some of his thoughts on the future of social media. In this episode, Dixon, who is a light Facebook user, seems mildly surprised that Heiferman is a Facebook fan—mentioning privacy as one reason why.
Heiferman tells Dixon Facebook makes “great product (Dixon agrees) … → Read More
Meetup co-founder and CEO, Scott Heiferman is Chris Dixon’s guest in this episode of Founder Stories. A serial entrenepenur, Heiferman tells Dixon he started “the first online ad agency in ’94″ after corporate America left him unsatisfied. Called i-traffic, “the idea was to be an online media buying agency even though there wasn’t any media to buy at the time.” Five years later Heiferman sold… → Read More
In the final episode of Chris Dixon’s interview with The Lean Startup author Eric Ries, Dixon asks him whether Google was “lean” when it rolled out Google+? Dixon says in some ways it appeared so, as Google was slowly “rolling out a bunch of different things, experimenting, versus let’s say Buzz and Wave.”
Ries partially agrees but also replies “I still think they did a lot of unnecessary… → Read More
Ries tells Dixon one of the phrases Toyota uses on the production line is “stop the line so that the line never stops.” It means “if you want to be able to sustainably have high productivity you have to stop… → Read More
Resuming their conversation from episode I, Chris Dixon asks Lean Startup author Eric Ries to offer evidence of uber successful “internet/software companies that have adopted or used the lean startup movement.”
Ries has worked with companies such as Dropbox, Groupon, and Intuit, but he doesn’t claim any credit for their success. He notes though that the larger point is this: “How do you know… → Read More
Ries tells Dixon about his early experience with startup failure in Silicon Valley and how that led him to launching IMVU, where “instead of spending years and millions of dollars in stealth mode we put a product in customers hands in full open public beta in six months.” … → Read More
Carla Holtze is the co-founder of Have-to-Have, which is offically launching later this week. She calls it “a digital shopping platform” that allows consumers “to save, share and shop for any product that they find across the web.” Carla signed-up for Founder Office Hours with Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon and First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman.
Her first question revolved around… → Read More
In Chris Dixon’s previous Founder Stories episode with Buddy Media’s Mike Lazerow, Lazerow told Dixon that Buddy Media was “Facebook plus,” meaning Buddy Media helps brands manage consumer interaction and engagement across social media platforms, not just Facebook.
In this episode, Dixon asks Lazerow what brands think of using Twitter as a platform and advertising venue in comparison to… → Read More
In this episode of Founder Stories with host Chris Dixon, Lazerow discusses Buddy Media’s growth and how it coincided with Facebook launching fan pages for companies and brands. Lazerow’s team thought “companies [were] going to… → Read More
With a couple of successful startups under his belt, we decided to bring Lazerow into the studio for an episode of Founder Stories with host Chris Dixon. Right off the bat the two discussed Lazerow’s… → Read More
Riley Gibson is the CEO and co-founder of the Boulder based Napkin Labs, a startup that helps companies manage and engage their Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Napkin Labs launched an updated version of the service today (read, Napkin Labs Lets Brands Better Understand Their Customers (And Turn Them Into Collaborators). Prior to launch, Gibson flew to New York to get advice on building… → Read More
When Kevin O’Connor started DoubleClick in the mid-1990s, it was half an online media sales company for early Web companies like Netscape and Excite and half a technology company. “We were their profits,” O’Connor tells Chris Dixon about Netscape in this second installment of his Founder Stories interview. (Watch the first one here).
O’Connor relates how he got DoubleClick going in the… → Read More