Posts tagged Google+

Want a Tip On A Cool Phone App?

I met William Mougayar  online.  He lives in Waterloo near Toronto and is connected to the tech scene there.  He runs a great resource blog called Startup Management.  We have skyped and communicated a lot via social media.  Over a …

Getting Rid of Hierarchy is in Vogue

Zappos ($AMZN) got rid of bosses.  Like communism and socialism and a lot of government programs, it sounds nice on paper but in real life it doesn’t work.  Someone somewhere in a company needs to take responsibility. Startups are kind of …






Is It A Billion Dollar Idea or Not?

One of the tough things when you seed invest is to figure out if the company you are analyzing is a billion dollar idea or not.  It’s so hard that Brad Feld has said it’s impossible.  I think we focus …






How To Make Great Leaps Forward In Civilization

A long time ago in a century far far away, I was having a conversation with Peter Yastrow on the trading floor.   We were talking about what would jumpstart growth in the US.  Peter said, “Great movements forward have …






How To Win The Lotto Every Day

Twitter CEO Dick Costello said,  “You start one monster company, maybe you were lucky, maybe you were in the right place at the right time. You found two billion dollar companies? You officially know what the hell you are doing. Nobody is …






Warren Buffett And Seed Investing

Warren Buffett released his annual letter to shareholders Saturday.  I love reading his letter.  It’s full of tremendous common sense.  “There are certain things that cannot be adequately explained to a virgin either by words or pictures.”  It’s pretty tough …






It Was Tougher to Get Money in 2014

If you were in the market for seed stage startup capital, it was tougher to get money from organized venture capital investors in 2014.  In general, VC firms are pulling back from seed and investing later. Some of this has …






What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table

This is a topic that isn’t talked about enough.  There are few blogs on it.  But, it’s important because it happens a lot.  It also depends on perspective.  VC’s sometimes view angel capital invested in seed and early rounds as …






Are Younger People Starting Companies? (Cont)

Yesterday I wrote about the downward trend in entrepreneurship among people under the age of 30.  Today on Twitter, a lot of people from Silicon Valley were disputing the claims of the article I linked to.  Some questions were around …






Your First Hires

It’s often said in startup world that your first ten hires are your most important.  Certainly, hiring great people early really helps your business.  But, it’s not just the first ten hires but how you think about them that matters. …






Why Is There A Bubble?

Uber raising $1.2 Billion at a $40B valuation has reinforced the idea that there is a bubble in startup companies.  People that believe that are right in a way.  But, at the same time they are also incorrect. What’s happening …






Earn Money From Your Ideas at Trading View

They say content is king.  If you are a participant in the market, now you are going to have a chance to see if you can earn a little money on the content you create. Last summer, I mentored a …






Is The Internet A Utility? (Part 2)

What’s the definition of a utility? Wikipedia defines it this way-in terms of economics.   The internet is certainly a circular utility as defined by economist Joan Robinson.  “Utility is the quality in commodities that makes individuals want to buy …






Venture Can Do Great Things

There is a beef about VC these days that it isn’t investing in the next great thing.  Too many apps.  Some VC’s like Marc Andreessen push back against the critics.  How do you know where a young company is going? …






Don’t Have An Idea? Be a Joiner

In the past couple of weeks I have been on some panels.  I will be on a panel early today at CATTECH VII up in Skokie.  It’s a conference put on by MRUN.  If you are in Chicago, come on …






Don’t Ask Why-Ask YCharts

One of my portfolio companies YCharts just rolled out some new functionality.  Since I initially invested in them back in 2010, they keep rolling out great stuff quarter after quarter. This recent update is a blockbuster. YCharts Dashboard boasts endless …






What’s It Take To Be Successful?

A lot of people are searching for the path to success.  They want it to be textbook.  Finding success isn’t solving the quadratic equation.  There isn’t a button to push.  Success also doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it means. …