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February 12 2015
by Todd Hixon

Why Bother To Invest In Venture Capital If You’re Not In WhatsApp?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 3, 2014.] WhatsApp’s dramatic exit to Facebook last week vividly illustrates how the U.S. venture capital industry is dividing into two worlds, which you might call “Super-Unicorns” and “ShadowFaxes.” Unicorns* refers to $1 billion + exits; Super Unicorns are spectacular successes like WhatsApp: $16 billion of exit […]

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January 29 2015
by Todd Hixon

CES: Looking Back 25 Years

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 17, 2014.] While many felt that the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) lacked anything revolutionary, the change over 25 years is remarkable. Computer vendors and consumer electronics vendors once had separate shows. Today the shows are combined, consumer companies dominate, and most computer vendors are gone (or, in […]

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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 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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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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November 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

LED Light Bulbs Mature At Last

About ten years ago I invested in an LED (light emitting diode) company, and [cutting to the chase] we were too early. The technology and the market did not come together as soon as we had expected, our first application win was short-lived, and the venture turned a lot of dollars into dimes. Along the […]

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September 10 2013
by Todd Hixon

The All-Important Value Prop

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 7/20/2012. Some of our companies fail: in an early stage venture fund, we expect about 40% mortality. That’s a very painful experience, especially the entrepreneur but also the investors. It triggers serious reflection on what went wrong. While every company has a unique story, our experience teaches that […]

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July 18 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Re, Reinvention of Search

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 7, 2013.] Twice now I have casually thought that the battle for control of the Internet search market was done, won, and over. Way back in the late 1900s, when Microsoft’s spell-checker still replaced “internet” with “internment”, the original inventors of search seemed to have developed it […]

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June 27 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

The Consumerization of Everything

Sometimes you have to take a step back to appreciate the frantic pace of change in consumer technology that we take for granted.  The ipad didn’t exist before 2009, but it is basically the tool I know use to read all my magazines and newspapers.  The iphone didn’t exist before 2007 but it is now […]

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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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