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October 1 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will You Buy Your Healthcare At Walmart?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 26, 2014.] Then it’s best not to build your house on it. Silicon Valley sure looks like a bubble to me, and many others think so too. While these are heady times, it’s actually very difficult to start new investments. Some back-to-basics thinking is the best way […]

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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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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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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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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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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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