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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Breaking The New Code Of Venture Financing

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 7, 2014.] There has long been a “code” for venture financing: one word and a series of letters (seed, A, B, C … ending with M&A and IPO) that denote different stages of financing. Entrepreneurs and investors all knew what those letters meant. Now the code has changed. Understanding the new […]

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September 24 2014
by Todd Hixon

Is It Time To Step Up The Burn?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 17, 2014.] Fall is the season for laying out next year’s strategic plan. I have several companies in my portfolio that are off to a good start and facing the decision to double down next year by spending a lot more money, or not. Prominent VCs are […]

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June 12 2014
by Scott Johnson

The Coming Explosion of Reputation Management

We just invested in BrandYourself, a great young company in NYC.  Pretty much everyone (yourself included) is getting Googled these days.  If you are looking for a date, or a job, or are a customer facing person, or even a kids soccer coach, then someone is checking out your search results, and in all likelihood, […]

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April 15 2014
by Scott Johnson

Your Pitch Should Be Ten Minutes

I was in a pitch meeting yesterday, and after the customary preamble, the presenter opened his laptop and said, in a very energetic tone, “I have a ten minute pitch, and then we can have a conversation.”  I can’t think of a smarter way to set the tone of a pitch meeting.   I don’t […]

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February 10 2014
by Scott Johnson

Create an Experience, Don’t have a Meeting

I was chatting with a VP of sales candidate for one of my companies last week when he uttered a gem that stuck with me all weekend.  He said “If  you are out pitching, and you want to be the one meeting that week that gets remembered, then don’t have a meeting at all, create […]

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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 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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May 3 2013
by Todd Hixon

It’s Easier To Start A Venture Than Finish It

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon We’ve seen a boom in U.S. angel funding of new ventures in recent years. A study performed by the University of New Hampshire Center for Venture Research (more) estimates that angels funded 66,000 companies with $22 billion (an average of  $330k per company) in 2011. That’s up from 38,000 angel investments […]

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April 5 2013
by Scott Johnson

5 Habits of Great Startup CEOs

Being CEO of a startup is quite similar to being the parent of a newborn.  The neighbors see a clean cooing newborn with smiling proud parents.  But we all know what goes on inside the house.  Sleepless nights, stress, no time to attend to other relationships.  You are a slave to the new creature.  It […]

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January 10 2013
by Scott Johnson

Is it time to look anew at Clean-Tech?

     Is clean-tech the next eCommerce?  Remember in 2003 how dead commerce investment was?  The entire tech sector had entered the “trough of disillusionment” segment of the hype curve, and at the bottom of the barrel of tech refuse settled the consumer internet, with ecommerce flop pets.com as the poster-child of investment lunacy.      Then, […]

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