Semil Shah

Engineers are the bedrock of any tech product, and blockchains are no exception. As the race between different chains heats up, communities of loyalists are duking it out to attract…

Developer infrastructure expert Anand Iyer goes solo with new $20M crypto fund

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Don’t worry about VCs’ returns if you can exit your startup early

There are many reasons to stick it out at your startup, but if you’re worried about your investors when faced with an exit, here’s why you shouldn’t be.

12:40 pm PDT • May 2, 2022
Don’t worry about VCs’ returns if you can exit your startup early

After what felt like winter, investors say startup deals are back on — although the numbers suggest they never stopped. As Semil Shah of Haystack VC phrased it in a…

How first-time fund managers are de-risking

Trying to raise money for a startup is never a walk in the park. Still, there are good times, there are bad times, and there is right now, a moment…

How deal terms are changing right now

Roughly $165 billion worth of wholesale produce is bought and sold every year in the U.S. And while that number is expected to go up to $1 trillion by 2025,…

Bringing tech efficiencies to the agribusiness market, Silo harvests $3 million

Polis founder Kendall Tucker began her professional life as a campaign organizer in local Democratic politics, but — seeing an opportunity in her one-on-one conversations with everyday folks — has…

Polis, the door-to-door marketer, raises another $2.5 million

Yesterday, Amazon and Whole Foods ruined a perfectly slow news day on a Friday in June with the announcement that Amazon intends to buy Whole Foods for almost $14 billion.…

In wake of Amazon/Whole Foods deal, Instacart has a challenging opportunity

Application delivery platform Instart Logic today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series D round. The round was led by a new investor, the late-stage fund Geodesic Capital.…

Instart Logic Raises $45M Series D Round For Its Application Delivery Platform

The Illusion Of Social Networks

7:21 am PDT • May 15, 2011

The world is full of illusions. Magicians use a cascade of mirrors, smoke, and misdirection to trick their audiences into believing the unbelievable. In the process, they mystify them, capturing…

Higher Education’s Toughest Test

9:05 am PDT • April 24, 2011

In the debate sparked by Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20 Fellowship” (which pays bright students to drop out of college), one fact stands out: the cost of U.S. post-secondary education…

Two phrases heard often from entrepreneurs are: (1) “I’m looking for a technical co-founder” and (2) “We’re hiring engineers, developers, and designers.” Unless they have networks to pull from, recruit…

While co-founders Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever are famously quiet about Quora’s user and traffic numbers, entrepreneur Semil Shah has discovered something even more indicative of the site’s entrance into…