Venture Capital

  • Against Acceleration

    Against Acceleration

    Startups should give up equity for only one of two reasons: work or cash. Startup employees and advisors work in exchange for equity (and salary) and they can be fired if they don’t perform, shutting down their vesting. I’m an advocate of bringing on advisors with defined deliverables, earning somewhere around 100 basis points or less unless they’re working part-time at… Read More

  • Requiem For A Unicorn

    Requiem For A Unicorn

    Marc Andreessen has said that there are 15 companies per year that generate 90% of the returns for VCs. Startups jockey for position in the “Billion Dollar Club.” In the world of startups we don’t have the S&P 500, we have the “Unicorn 50.” Read More

  • How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

    How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

    Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher. A major investor recently announced that venture capitalists are “taking on an excessive amount of risk right now – unprecedented since ’99.” Read More

  • Series B Fundraising For Your Enterprise Startup

    Series B Fundraising For Your Enterprise Startup

    After a seed round of $1-2 million helps build a working prototype and a $5-10M Series A enables a successful beta and launch, what comes next? Lots of entrepreneurs have reached out to me recently to discuss what it takes to raise a successful Series B, and luckily, for many enterprise companies, a similar pattern emerges. Read More

  • Unshackled Is A New $3.5M Early Stage Fund That Looks A Lot Like An Accelerator

    The idea of a startup studio, a hybrid between a VC fund and a coworking space and an accelerator, is becoming more and more popular. Today, yet another ‘startup studio’ is being announced by founders Nitin Pachisia and Manan Mehta, and they’re calling it the Unshackled Fund. The duo has put together $3.5 million in funding, as well as 50 of some of the most influential… Read More

  • Formation 8 Adds Shirish Sathaye As Its Newest Partner

    Formation 8 Adds Shirish Sathaye As Its Newest Partner

    Formation 8 has been busy lately, as the relatively new venture firm has been adding team members and (reportedly) is in the midst of raising its second fund. Today the company announced the hiring of its newest team member, former Matrix and Khosla Ventures partner Shirish Sathaye. Read More

  • FirstMark Capital’s New App Leverages Professional Connections For Their Portfolio Companies

    FirstMark Capital’s New App Leverages Professional Connections For Their Portfolio Companies

    FirstMark Capital, the VC firm behind startups like Pinterest, Lumosity, Lot18, Kinsa, and plenty more, has quietly released an app to help its portfolio community make the most of the resources provided by their investors. The app will not only offer a full directory of FirstMark events, but the app leverages the professional networks of the entire community, from investors to portfolio… Read More

  • Randstad’s VC Fund Has $60M To Invest In HR Tech Startups Showing Early Traction

    Randstad’s VC Fund Has $60M To Invest In HR Tech Startups Showing Early Traction

    A strategic corporate VC fund set up this April by global HR services giant Randstad is looking to invest in startups working on the hard problem of matching people to jobs, and jobs to people, as well as coming up with more effective ways for employers to communicate with and motivate their existing workforce. Read More

  • Detroit Hustle In Silicon Valley

    Detroit Hustle In Silicon Valley

    Meet Jonathon Triest. The 32-year-old Detroit native runs Ludlow Ventures and just closed his first venture fund — $15 million. He’s a Detroiter investing directly in Silicon Valley with the sheer gumption of a Midwesterner. “We hunt startups like most startups hunt VCs,” he told me. Operating out of downtown Detroit, Triest isn’t your traditional Detroit… Read More

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