BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

November 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

How To Raise Money From A Venture Capitalist

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon May 8, 2013. On an IEEE panel last night an Intel Capital investor and I were asked to talk about this topic. The audience found the panel useful. Here’s a summary. When I was new in venture capital and raising money for a portfolio company,  a very successful VC […]

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November 20 2014
by Todd Hixon

Get Value From Board Observers

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 16, 2012.] Rethinking Board Observers – The Role of the “Silent Observer” The above-linked post by Mark Suster, a well-known venture capital blogger, starts with a very negative view of board observers, and then carves out a few situations in which they can be useful: “I have […]

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November 20 2014
by Todd Hixon

It’s A Tough Market For Both Entrepreneurs And Early-Stage VCs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 14, 2014.] The price of equity in early-stage companies has popped up more than ever before in my ~30 years as a venture capital investor. The chart below shows that the valuation of Series A financings — the price investors pay per dollar of ownership in an early stage company — has […]

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November 13 2014
by Todd Hixon

Glad To Be An East Coast VC

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 14, 2013.] I spent the week in California, most of it at the annual Venture Investing conference in San Francisco. A few observations: The mood was rather positive, but the attendance was half was it was a year ago. That tells a lot about what seems to […]

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November 6 2014
by Todd Hixon

Seeking Alignment Between Management And Investors

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2012.] It’s All About The Money?    I sat in a board meeting last week where we talked about closing a deal to sell the company. This company will sell for substantial money, but far less than investors have put in over nine years. As we […]

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November 5 2014
by Todd Hixon

Real Age Comes Of Age

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 3, 2014.] I’m struck by the number of references to links between behavior and life span that I encounter every week. Recent examples: •  “Drinking a can of soda every day takes two years off your life.” [That made me reach for a bottle of water.] •  […]

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October 30 2014
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Needs Stronger Market Forces

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 17, 2012.] The U.S. Health Care industry is a huge industry that exhibits a remarkable lack of competition. There is huge concentration of market power on both the buy and the sell side. Health care is a regional market, mostly because service providers need to be close […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Is Telemedicine Suddenly Hot?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2014.] Google’s recent announcement that it will provide telemedicine services was the crescendo to a swelling volume of recent interest: e.g., articles in VentureBeat, U.S. News, and The Economist. Telemedicine has been around for a generation. Why is this happening now? Rising use of telemedicine takes […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 12, 2012.] Venture capital has been getting a lot of support from politicians and the press recently, notably the passage of the JOBS (“Jump-start Our Business Start-ups”) Act. A key provision, much mentioned by President Obama, lets Joe Ordinary become a venture capital investor via legalization of […]

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October 16 2014
by Todd Hixon

Rebutting The Premise That Doctors Help Drive High Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 24, 2012.] Two of my recent posts* have addressed the drivers of high health care costs in the U.S. I’ve received a lot of comments, for which I’m grateful, as this is meant to be a conversation. Many of the comments have come from the medical community: […]

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