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May 22 2014
by Scott Johnson

The Four Rules of Setting Expectations

When you see a public stock being crushed, or a public company CEO being fired, it is nearly always due to a failure to meet expectations.  This is the main reason companies stay private – they don’t want to have to apologize to sell-side analysts for missing earnings by a penny, or explain to wall […]

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January 27 2014
by Scott Johnson

After the B Round – Watch the burn!

This post first appeared in Pando Daily Gather round and listen to an untold story that is happening right now all over startup land. I can’t name names but have seen it play out in two acts. Act I. A company has one positive press release after another, announcing successive rounds of fundraising, new customers, […]

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June 15 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Think Different: Apple Retail Stores

A couple of months ago my Mac Air’s operating system was fried.  The Finder was malfunctioning and I couldn’t get an anything done.  I took it to the Apple store around the corner from our office.  The rep at the Genius Bar hooked it up to a hard drive and asked me to come back […]

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May 31 2011
by Scott Johnson

Way Too Early – On Market Timing

Market timing is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for venture success.  Obvious, right?  The problem is that timing is obvious only in retrospect.  Predicting how markets will evolve is an art, and probably is the single most important job of a venture firm.  Boiled down to its essence, our role is to help companies […]

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October 20 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

5 checklist items to raising money

I know this is a somewhat mandane subject, but yesterday someone sent me a one-pager “executive summary” of a business, and after reading it I couldn’t really tell what they do.  So I read it again, and still couldn’t figure it out.  The summary was fully buzzword-compliant: you know!, it had all those fancy words […]

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