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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2014 Bring?

2013 was a better year than I expected. My “What Will 2013 Bring?” post talked about 1) a rough ride for the US economy, 2) the fading consumer web, 3) tight money for start-ups, and 4) fascinating new areas of opportunity. Looking back, I’d say: 1) at the 12th hour the government got its act half […]

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November 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

Budget, or Fudge-It?

Photo credit: 123RF stock photo.   Now is the season of the annual budget: it starts in November, and in the tough cases, the budget is not settled until January or February. There is always negotiation between management and the board: how high targets should be, how much it will cost. Why do we do […]

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November 4 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

Raise your (recycled) glass to Bambeco

New Atlantic Ventures just welcomed the entrepreneurs behind Bambeco to our portfolio. Bambeco sells sustainable goods for the home. My favorite item Bambeco sells right now is the Vintage Champagne Ice Bucket, reclaimed from French champagne caves and hotels in Paris (while supplies last) – fitting for the occasion. Today, Bambeco announced it raised $4.5 […]

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October 30 2013
by Todd Hixon

An Entrepreneur’s Prayer For Better Government

My wife’s grandma used to say “the gods are bowling” when thunder and lightning filled the sky. For the last few weeks it seems that the gods have been playing chicken in the family minivan, with all of us aboard. Our politicians remind me of the gods of Greek mythology: quarrelling, narcissistic, irresponsible, and prone […]

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October 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Divine Right Of Telcos To Abuse Customers

Banks are most often accused of customer abuse, but Telcos are equally good at it. This is never more evident than when traveling internationally. Hertz now rents mobile bandwidth; photo via Todd Hixon.   Experienced travelers of my generation have stories about a $500 unexpected charge for a long call made from a hotel room […]

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October 8 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

A Transaction Worth the Wait

Today one of our portfolio companies reached a pivotal milestone – GlobalLogic, which operates design and engineering centers around the world, agreed to be acquired by Apax Partners.  This is a bittersweet moment for me as I have been involved with this company as an investor for 13 years.  Yet this is not the end […]

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June 7 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2013 Bring?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2012.] It’s hard to believe that 2012 is about over, however, attention is turning quickly to 2013. I’ve been talking with friends and thinking about what the new year may bring, and that has turned up some interesting perspectives. Theme movie for 2013?   1. The economy […]

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June 3 2013
by Scott Johnson

Revenue Quality, Not Just Quantity!

Revenue growth (or sometimes active user growth) is an obvious necessity for venture backed companies.  But life is never quite that straight forward.  Just as all site traffic is not created equal, there is good revenue and great revenue (there is no such thing as bad positive margin revenue).  Importantly, prospective revenue “quality” can dramatically […]

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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

Sunset For The Consumer Web?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 9, 2013.] A Kinder, Gentler Sunset; photo (c) Todd Hixon.    In recent months a number of influential voices have declared the consumer web boom of the last 6-7 years (going back to the emergence of Facebook) to be over. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures is […]

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May 13 2013
by Todd Hixon

Cultivate The Exceptional Individuals

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on Nov. 9, 2012. I spent last week (super-storm Sandy and the run-up to the election) in Australia, one of the world’s most fortunate countries. Australia is blessed with natural beauty, weather like California (and no hurricanes), and a huge stock of high quality natural resources to sell to hungry neighbors like China. Australia has not […]

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