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November 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

Tough Truth About Defensive Exits

A few weeks ago I was talking with a co-investor in a company that is missing its numbers seriously, and he said, “Let’s just sell this thing!” I often have that urge too, when progress is slow and cash keeps burning. Sisyphus: Greek king condemned to perpetually push a rock up a hill. Image from […]

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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 8 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

A Transaction Worth the Wait

Today one of our portfolio companies reached a pivotal milestone – GlobalLogic, which operates design and engineering centers around the world, agreed to be acquired by Apax Partners.  This is a bittersweet moment for me as I have been involved with this company as an investor for 13 years.  Yet this is not the end […]

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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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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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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 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 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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