BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

December 16 2014
by John Backus

Unicorns Vs. Dragons

[This post first appeared at http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/14/unicorns-vs-dragons/ on December 15, 2014.]   Everywhere I look I see a unicorn. Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee wrote a brilliant, data-rich story here on TechCrunch one year ago called “Welcome to the Unicorn Club.” She introduced us all to the venture-backed unicorn – “U.S.-based software companies valued at over $1 billion by public […]

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December 10 2014
by Todd Hixon

Down-To-Earth Value From Big Data

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 17, 2013.] Big Data visualization. (Photo credit: Marius B)   Big data is an exciting idea, but I find little agreement about what the phrase means in concrete terms, and how to make use of it. Could big data be the next nanotech, a field that was […]

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December 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

Long Live The Healthcare Entitlement Economy

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2014.] Recently I heard a speaker  at a venture conference say that “Healthcare is changing from an entitlement economy to a market economy”. Many of us wish that would happen fast, but how real is it? Entitlement is pervasive in healthcare. Most legal U.S. residents receive healthcare that […]

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December 3 2014
by Todd Hixon

Four Pillars Of Leadership

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 6, 2013. Listening to CEOs and other senior leaders talk about building businesses is always a privilege. Last week I did this at the XSite conference in Boston (designed to recognize the high-tech revival in Boston) and again at the 50th anniversary gathering of 1,000 past and […]

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December 3 2014
by Todd Hixon

Digital Wearables Can Help Both Sick And Healthy People

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 26, 2014.] Dr. Robert Glattner’s recent post “Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness” underscores a big resource allocation tension in healthcare: between helping those who are sick, and helping those who are well avoid becoming sick. He points out that, today, most of […]

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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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