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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 10 2013
by Todd Hixon

In California, They’re Roasting Goose For Christmas This Year

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 11/29/2012. More specifically, as befits the “Golden State”, they’re roasting the golden goose. Simpleton Finds The Golden Goose*; Source: Project Gutenburg via Wikipedia   On November 6 California passed Proposition 30, which raises tax rates to increase funding for education. California education does need funding to reverse years […]

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April 30 2013
by Scott Johnson

Redefining Series A (and college education)

In the good old days, aka the mid ’90s, the venture world was quite orderly.  Angel rounds were under $500K.  Series A rounds were $3-$5 million for companies just getting their first customers, and “B rounds” happened 18 months later at $5-$15 million to scale up.  Which firms did which type of investment was well […]

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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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March 4 2013
by Todd Hixon

Clear Talk About The Budget

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon The other day I had my first budget discussion with the CEO of a new portfolio company. It went well: our views aligned. That conversation underscored the value of the right framework for discussing the budget, and of laying out the framework at the start. Here’s how I think about […]

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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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July 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Is CrowdFunding A Boon, Or A Disaster?

The JOBS act is good news for entrepreneurs and venture investors in several ways. An easier the path to public markets for start-ups is a huge strategic win, as the venture community’s biggest problem has been a shortfall in exit proceeds. Kudos to those in Congress, NVCA, and the venture community who made this happen. […]

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April 24 2012
by Scott Johnson

Yes, You Really Need That Revenue Ramp Slide

I advise entrepreneurs all the time about their pitch decks, and one of the more common complaints I hear is “if we all know that it is complete BS, why do investors insist we show a revenue ramp slide with a $50 million top line in four years?”  And I admit, on the surface, it […]

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