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November 3 2009
by Todd Hixon

How We Survived 2009

The CEO of one of my portfolio companies, which I will call “Ajax” (not the real name), wrote this as part of his regular report to the senior team, board, and investors. It’s pretty typical of what it’s been like out there this year, and what CEOs, management teams, and boards did to manage through. […]

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September 30 2009
by Scott Johnson

Make your customers surly?

My partner Todd Hixon relates a story about when he was a young analyst meeting with a crusty old telco exec to talk about pricing, and was told that they wanted to price so their customers were “surly, but not rebellious.” “How hilariously old school” you are thinking.  “Isn’t Steve Jobs’ ability to delight his […]

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September 21 2009
by Scott Johnson

“Tranched” Investments

We occasionally do investments in stages or “tranches” where we put an initial amount of money into a company, with the option to put more in later when certain milestones are met.  Some investors like to do this, and some are philosophically opposed.  The opposing view is that contingent cash based on uncertain milestones adds […]

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September 11 2009
by Thanasis Delistathis

In search of the next “Rocket Ship”

How long does it take promising young startups with large potential markets to scale to $50MM?  Longer than you might think if you looked at the projections of the average startup that comes through our door. An article in the Wall Street Journal Blogs online discusses how long it took many well known public companies […]

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August 26 2009
by Scott Johnson

Postcard from Seattle

I just returned from Seattle, and things there are really great, particularly in August. The sun shines, the fog lifts in the San Juans, the Mountains are out an visible and provide a great backdrop. And the economy appears to me to be in great shape.  Seattle has Microsoft, of course, which actually layed a few […]

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August 11 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 3: “Open” Systems

In Part 1 of this series, a few posts back, I reported on work I’ve done comparing innovation in Boston and California.  I argued that Silicon Valley beats Boston by a mile in it’s “recombination” capability:   quick focus of energy and resources on new opportunities like the PC and the internet.  Recombination is enabled by […]

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August 2 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 2: Dean Kamen Speaks Out

In my last post I argued that Boston needs a stronger innovation and equity culture.  Heroes and icons are a great source of that culture.  Silicon Valley has a no shortage of icons (even if a few are a bit larger than life), eg: Noyce, Moore, Grove, Kleiner from the Silicon era Jobs, Joy, Clark, […]

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July 27 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 1

Last month (June) was Boston innovation month, a series of events, conferences, and seminars focused on innovation in the New England tech community.This is important.  I had occasion last winter to take a serious look at the performance of Massachusetts versus Silicon Valley as innovation centers.  This culminated in a presentation to the Oasis Group, […]

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July 3 2009
by John Backus

Do Good Entrepreneurs Become Good CEOs? The 10X Challenge

My partner Scott Johnson wrote a thought provoking piece on what makes a good CEO. I wanted to share my thoughts on the “Moments of Truth” that an entrepreneur must navigate successfully to become a great CEO of a thriving business. Every entrepreneur who is fortunate enough to start a business which grows quickly faces […]

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June 22 2009
by Scott Johnson

Local Search Is Getting Interesting

We are seeing a great many “local search” companies seeking investment these past few weeks.  “Local search” in this context means companies that are using location-aware devices to find stuff – an appartment for rent, a person you know or would like to know, a deal on a cup of coffee or a slice of […]

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